The CICU Collaborative initiative is comprised of business members that are committed to enhancing independent higher education by offering products and services at the best available value based on the collective size of the CICU membership. Members of our Collaborative are trusted partners with established higher education relationships and a reputation for quality.

If you would like to learn more about our collaborative partners, please send a message to

Disclaimer: Where appropriate, CICU may receive a nominal fee from corporate partners to offset a portion of the cost of program administration.

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Contact: John Nicklin, Managing Member, 202-302-8370

CICU is a founding member of the Coalition for College Cost Savings. Banding together with other state associations, the Coalition was formed to leverage the power of the Independent Sector from coast-to-coast. All Coalition programs and discounts are available to all CICU members. Visit the Coalition’s programs page for the latest money-saving opportunities. Visit The Coalition’s YouTube channel for more information on programs and savings!

Contact: Lyen Crews, Executive Director 859-321-4810

First American Education Finance offers project financing to CICU members and supports more than 800 colleges and universities across the United States. Through our programs, CICU members will receive preferred pricing, terms and conditions for campus improvement and asset renewal programs including:

  • Energy efficiency upgrades
  • Software and technology upgrades
  • Deferred maintenance
  • Athletic facility upgrades
  • New academic programs
  • Research equipment

We know each school faces different budget challenges, so we take the time to understand your individual project needs. Financing can be a great way to spread payments out over a few years for projects that need to be done today.

Read: Campus Technology, “Adelphi U Budget-Neutral Cogen Plant to Reduce Annual Energy Bill by $1.6 Million”

Capital Reimbursement: Monetize existing equipment and software to address unexpected budget shortfalls

Contact: Nick Borkowski, East Regional Vice President, 585.643.3346 or Kelly Furgal, Vice President, Relationship Manager, 585-643-3379

Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk strives to be the nation’s best full-service insurance broker and student health services administrator. We do this with expertise, quality, customized and cost-effective insurance products and benefits. We can assist CICU members get the best in consortium purchasing: reduced insurance retention and administration costs, underwriting protection through group purchasing, no additional on-campus administrative cost, expanded account management services, including enrollment services, and flexibility of customized plan design options. In addition, available products for colleges & university consortium clients include: student medical, dental and vision insurance, sports accident insurance, student accident insurance, international & study abroad insurance, camps, clinics & special event insurance, student property insurance, tuition refund insurance and SilverCloud digital behavioral health.

For more information, contact Lawrence Healey, Area Vice President

GEM Energy optimizes the efficiency of facilities for reduced operating and utility costs. With renewable and on-site power technologies such as Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems and turn-key solar development, we can help campuses generate energy savings to contribute to the bottom line and provide a hedge against future energy costs. We can take your on-site power project from financing through commissioning and provide ongoing maintenance, as well as assist with donors who may be interested funding an on-site energy project. GEM Energy is a NYSERDA solar installer/contractor and an approved vendor in NYSERDA’s CHP Program. 

Contact: Jason Slattery, Director of Solar Energy, 419-725-3104

Founded by private college & university chief information officers and chief financial officers in 2014, the HESS Consortium is a community of practice around information technology and operations in private higher education. The Consortium’s primary work is centered around developing programs, buying agreements, savings, and collaboration with administrative enterprise system providers (ERP/SIS/HCM/Financial Aid and more).

Current enterprise system partners include Anthology, Ellucian, Jenzabar, Oracle and Workday as well as a number of technology consultants, cloud providers, implementation, and integration solution providers.

Once state association members have had the opportunity to meet Keith and learn about the HESS Consortium, an introductory webinar will be offered for your colleges and universities. Please watch your inbox for an email invitation to edit and share with your members at your discretion.

Contact: Keith Fowlkes, Executive Director & Co-founder, 859-516-3571

CICU is pleased to have nationally recognized tele-health provider, MeMD, a member of the Walmart Health family, as a collaborative partner.  MeMD offers a full range of tele-health service lines including Urgent Care, Talk Therapy and Psychiatry. As a collaborative partner, MeMD has negotiated a composite, pooled pricing structure for all member colleges and universities, regardless of their size.  This valuable membership benefit is administered by NY based, and assists every member with eligibility, on-boarding and communication strategies to drive utilization and campus community awareness.  To learn more, visit

TimelyCare is the leading virtual health and well-being solution in higher education that enables colleges and universities to improve student outcomes through equitable, on-demand access to care. With mental health, medical, basic needs, peer support, and self-care resources, TimelyCare is the unparalleled total health solution for students.

Visit TimelyCare for more information.

Contact: Molly King, Sr. Strategic Systems Manager

Uwill is the leading mental health and wellness solution for colleges and students. Utilizing its proprietary technology and counselor team, Uwill offers an immediate appointment with a licensed counselor based on student preferences, all modalities of teletherapy, a direct crisis connection 24/7/365, wellness, realtime data, and support. Uwill partners with more than 2 million students from all 50 states at 300+ institutions. For more information, visit

CICU and The Megawatt Hour are pleased to announce a new energy purchasing and analysis program available to CICU member colleges and universities. The Megawatt Hour gives CICU membership a simple way to immediately access and evaluate, forecast, and budget energy purchasing. The Megawatt Hour has a track record of reducing energy costs by 15-20%.

By utilizing The Megawatt Hour’s proprietary technology platform, campuses will be able to manage their electricity budgets, lower costs, reduce risks, and enhance transparency.

Consortium purchasing advantages:

  • Reduced data management and administrative costs
  • Lower energy costs
  • More efficient budgeting for and reporting on energy costs
  • More effective energy risk management
  • More predictable energy costs and greater price certainty

The experienced staff at The Megawatt Hour can advise campuses on product, procurement and purchasing strategies and can provide budgeting and reporting support to facilities, procurement and finance professionals.

For more information, contact Deirdre Lord at (866) 212-2050 x.1 or use the contact forum found on The Megawatt Hour website.

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