Member Services & Collaborative Agreements

President's Assistant and Secretaries Seminar

The Federation hosts a yearly Seminar for Assistant’s and Secretaries. This meeting is very beneficial to both Federation staff and presidential staff. The event consists a full day of activities which include educational presentations and networking opportunities. The day concludes with a roundtable discussion on “best practices.” This continues to be one of the most popular events that the Federation hosts. Contact David Tretter at for more information.

ScholarBuys Programs

Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) Agreement
Enrollment for Educations Solutions (EES) from Microsoft is an annual subscription licensing program. Through EES, institutions license software based on employee FTE count, rather than the numbers of computers the software is installed on. Any upgrades or downgrades of those products are included through the term of the subscription. Microsoft EES is a simple, flexible program that enables institutions to standardize software across campus, keep technology up to date, and annualize Microsoft into their budget. The Federation EES Agreement enables participating institutions to combine their FTEs to qualify for significantly deeper discounts.

Additional Microsoft Benefits:
The Federation is designated by Microsoft as a managed account:

  • Specific account team from Microsoft is provided for managed schools inclusive of a local Account Manager, Account Technology Strategist, and team of technical specialists
  • Proof of Concept programs, including Microsoft BIF Funds available to eligible schools
  • Federation specific trainings offered (in person and web meeting)

The Federation Adobe ETLA Agreement is managed by our Microsoft Reseller, ScholarBuys. To learn more about the Adobe ETLA Program contact Brendon Palluck at or call him at 1-877-999-9294.

Adobe Programs

Adobe Cumulative License Program (CLP):
The Adobe Cumulative License Program (CLP) enables schools to purchase a single license(s) and grants rights to use that license in perpetuity. The Federation Adobe CLP Agreement qualifies for Level 3 pricing (Adobe’s Best) providing consistent savings, regardless of the order size.

CLP includes Acrobat Pro DC and other products such as Adobe Captivate, Contribute, Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. Adobe’s Creative Suite products are no longer available through Adobe Cumulative License Program (CLP).

The Federation Adobe CLP Agreement is managed by our Adobe Reseller, ScholarBuys. To learn more about the Adobe ETLA Program contact Brendon Palluck at or call him at 1-877-999-9294.

Adobe Enterprise Term License Aggreement (ETLA):
Adobe Enterprise Term License Agreement is an annual subscription program. Through ETLA, institutions license Adobe Creative Cloud based on employee FTE count, rather than the number of computers the software is installed on. ETLA provides full access to Adobe Creative Cloud for every faculty, staff and institutional machine (labs and classrooms are covered). Institutions also receive work at home rights for every faculty and staff member; they can install Adobe Creative Cloud app’s on up to two of their personal computers in addition to their institutional computers. The Federation ETLA Agreement enables participating institutions to combine their FTEs to qualify for significantly deeper discounts.

Additional offerings include Adobe Sign (electronic signature/workflows), and student licensing (students personally owned devices).

The Federation Adobe ETLA Agreement is managed by our Adobe Reseller, ScholarBuys. To learn more about the Adobe ETLA Program contact Brendon Palluck at or call him at 1-877-999-9294.

Adobe Enterprise Term Site License Agreement (ETLA)

  • Licensed based on employee FTE, rather than computer count
  • List Price for ETLA is $180 per FTE. Federation Price is $53.00 per FTE
  • Provides full access to all of Adobe’s Creative Cloud applications for every faculty, staff and institutional machines (labs and classrooms are covered)
  • Work at home rights for faculty and staff personal computers ($10 fee)
    19 Institutions participate
  • Federation specific trainings offered by Adobe (in person and web meeting)
AT&T College and University Advantage Agreement
The Federation is offering our members an AT&T College and University Advantage Agreement (CAU). The agreement provides each participating institution significant discounts on eligible mobile voice and data plans. So far, 32 of our members have taken advantage of this program.
Marsh Risk Management for Educational Industry

Many industry analysts are predicting a hardening market given the recent natural catastrophes, increase in claims on an industry-wide basis, and insurance carrier’s inability to make a substantial return on their investments. Other private college and university consortiums have formed group purchase programs and other alternative risk structures to help insulate them from market fluctuations which help them achieve cost savings as well as to improve coverage, customize loss control and claims services, and develop best practices. For more information contact:

Frank D. Cella | Managing Director
Marsh | Education Practice Leader
540 W. Madison, Suite 1200 | Chicago, IL 60661
B 312-627-6082 | C 847-644-5143

Ace Word Wide Moving and Storage Co., Inc.

We have set up a program with Ace World Wide Moving and Storage Co., Inc. Ace World Wide stretches from coast to coast with multiple locations and reaches around the world with a powerful network of agents. They are committed to ensuring a nationally comprehensive relocation network specializing in corporate family moving. This program will allow our institutions to save time and money when they need to relocate someone. We rolled this program out to our membership in 2012, and continue to work with our schools to make sure they are aware of the savings that are available to them.

For more information contact:

John Donovan
Midwest Regional Manager

Ace World Wide Moving & Storage
1900 E College Ave. / Cudahy, WI 53110
Office: 414.764.1000 / Fax: 414.764.1650

The Coalition for College Cost Savings

The Federation is a member of The Coalition for College Cost Savings, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering collaboration between independent colleges and their organizations to yield greater strength in the purchasing marketplace in order to secure the lowest prices for purchased commodities and the highest value in performed services. The Coalition serves as a central point of contact for the creation of supplier relationships, program implementation planning and execution and a repository of best practice information on process efficiency.

Currently, The Coalition is comprised of 35 member organizations in 33 states that collectively serve more than 900 private colleges and over 3 million students across the United States. Membership in The Coalition is required to participate in the contracts offered through the Coalition. A nominal annual membership fee is paid by each member organization on behalf of their institutions.

A few of the contracts offered below. To get more information and a list of all the current contracts offered visit


Employee & Student Background Checks

For over two decades, CastleBranch has defined technologydriven screening and clinical experience solutions to specifically address higher education and health care process challenges for institutions just like yours.

As champions of best practices, we thrive on decades of unparalleled resources and expertise that no one else in our industry can rival. We are hundreds of industry experts, all located—by design—at our single-location headquarters in North Carolina, each dedicated to bringing worry-free insights and efficiency to your talent supply chain.

Exclusive Features:

  • Exclusive CCCS member discounts on screening solutions.
  • Screening solutions built for our customer base of 70% of all colleges and universities—representing 80% of nursing students nationwide.
  • Fully customizable clinical experience solutions through CB Bridges™ that streamline the entire clinical experience process in one easy-to-use platform.
  • A 400+ member team built of subject matter experts, support, implementation and onboarding specialists, engineers, operations members, and our own in-house legal team, all 100% committed to your satisfaction and success.

Program Contact:

Mike Maurer
Sales Manager
888.723.4263 Ext: 7830

JPMorgan Chase Procurement Card Program

The JPMorgan Chase Procurement Card Program became available to Federation members in 2005. This p-card agreement continues to provide the efficiency, control and customer convenience inherent with the use of procurement cards provided by Chase, with upgrades and expansion of the rebate program available to participating schools.

Processing efficiency for purchase transactions
Eliminate paper purchase orders and invoices
Rebate earned on total purchases of all CCCS members
No cost to your campus for the program access
Standard electronic reports to better manage institution expenditures
Several Federation institutions participate, and several more have expressed interest. We are looking forward to working and growing this program. This program allows institutions to receive rebates on the total amount of their purchases with the procurement card. It also has a very robust online data system for tracking purchases and payments. It definitely saves institutions time and money by making accounts payable and receivable more efficient.

For more information contact:

Vince Rago
(312) 909-2634

First American Education Finance Purchasing Card Program

The Federation through CCCS is pleased to announce a new Purchasing Card Program with First American Education Finance (FAEF) and its parent, City National Bank. FAEF combines leading online management and expense reporting tools along with an experienced onboarding team. Each program is customized to the individual school’s needs while still benefiting from the collective spend volume of all participants. First American and City National Bank have proudly served over 800 schools with banking and financing needs over the past 25 years.

This outstanding program provides participants a group rebate focused on the aggregate spend of participating members schools (see chart below) as well as these additional Coalition-only benefits:

No minimum per college spend to earn rebates
No accelerated bill payment required to receive earned rebate
No annual fees

RebatesAggregated Spend
0%$0 – $1,999,999.99
.90%$2,000,000.00 – $4,999,999.99
1.15%$5,000,000.00 – $9,999,999.99
1.25%$10,000,000.00 – $14,999,999.99
1.30%$15,000,000.00 – $24,999,999.99

Large Ticket and VISA Preferred Program transactions earn a rebate of 40 bps.*

Based on existing members, tiers should start at 1.15% or higher

In addition, all standard Visa benefits apply. This includes the Visa Liability Waiver (up to $100,000K of coverage per card for eligible employee misuse and abuse), emergency card replacements, travel/emergency assistance and more.

For a demonstration of the platform, questions or to enroll, contact:

Danielle Buechel
Senior Product Specialist
(585) 643-3479

First American Equipment Finance Agreement

Another CCCS agreement we will be working to expand is with First American Equipment Finance. This is a leasing and asset management agreement that offers very competitive lease rates as an alternative to expending capital dollars for equipment purchases. In addition, the agreement provides financial options for meeting capital equipment needs, and provides numerous on-line tools to manage your investments over time.

This program is particularly attractive for acquiring computer labs and communication infrastructure. First American offers the option of expensing these costs through a managed life-cycle replacement program. The result is the creation of a strategic equipment plan that addresses the critical needs on your campus while preserving your capital for other uses.

For more information contact:

Bob Murrer
Commercial Account Officer, Education Division
800.801.3830 x304
Direct: 585.643.3304
Fax: 585.598.0908

AffinityLTC/Genworth Financial

The Group Long Term Care Insurance program available from Genworth offers Coalition member organizations and their member institutions excellent features and underwriting processes for their campus faculty and staff (and immediate families) planning ahead to protect their retirement savings from unexpected health events. Rich with value-added options such as flexible reimbursement options, state Partnership protection (where available by state) and the removal of the pre-existing condition exclusion, this Long Term Care Insurance coverage is among the best available nationally and delivered by one of the nation’s most respected providers.

Available only to eligible institutions within the Coalition’s member organizations, the Long Term Care Insurance product has been designed to leverage the value of large employer group rates, guarantees and underwriting for the benefit of eligible private, independent colleges and universities.

LTCI Contacts:

Michael VanGavree
AffinityLTC, LLC
(717) 737-3060 x 300

Amy Ewbank
AffinityLTC, LLC
(717) 737-3060 x 301

Dropbox Agreement

The Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities has partnered with Dropbox to help reduce the cost of a secure file sharing, sync, and storage solution on campus. Leveraging our aggregate purchasing power, Federation member institutions receive a significant discount on Dropbox’s Higher Education solutions.

Dropbox Education is designed specifically for the needs of higher educational institutions. Dropbox Education is built to facilitate collaboration between faculty and staff at colleges and universities.

Manage users and safeguard data

  • Visibility and control – Dropbox Education gives IT the administrative tools they need. Manage users, monitor activity, and control sharing permissions, all from one central Admin Console.
  • Advanced security – Dropbox is designed with multiple layers of protection to secure your data at all times. Get access to best-of-breed solutions across data protection, identity management, and more.
  • Trust and compliance – Dropbox supports with the most widely accepted standards and regulations, including FERPA, HIPAA, HITECH, ISO 27001 and ISO 27018. Learn more.

Power collaboration on campus

  • Anywhere, anytime access – Dropbox works across any device, online or offline. With cross-device sync, faculty, staff, and students can work on files of any size or type, from research papers to large data sets.
  • Plug into a global collaboration network – With 500M users on Dropbox, it’s easy to share documents and collaborate with anyone—teachers, students, and external partners—even if they don’t have a Dropbox account.
  • Integrate with your favorite apps – Drop Box’s extensive app ecosystem includes higher education tools like Blackboard, Turnitin, Office 365 and Moodle—so faculty and students can work together with the programs they’re already using.

The Federation Dropbox Agreement is managed by our Dropbox Reseller, ScholarBuys. To learn more about the Adobe ETLA Program contact Brendon Palluck at or call him at 1-877-999-9294.