The Program

You're probably thinking, "There has got to be a catch. These people want to give me a job AND give me money for tuition and books?" That sums it up, and there is no catch! Over 4,000 students have been admitted to the CRCP, and the first step on their journey began by attending an info session. Come see for yourself, we'd be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Whether you’re taking a few classes or going to graduate school at one of our partner colleges or affiliate institutions, the CRCP supports your education at a time when it’s never been more expensive to attend college.

Here's how it adds up

Tuition, Fees & Books $5,250
Part-Time UPS Job - Gross pay (Starting pay $13.00/hr) $13,500
Monthly Bonus ($200 - $500/month) $2,400- $6,000
Annual CRCP Maximum Benefit Potential $21,150- $24,750


  • Attend classes at any of our 7 partner colleges or 10 affiliate institutions.
  • Be a good student and commit to staying in the program for the duration of the semester.

Our Partner and Affiliate Institutions


How are tuition, fees, and books paid?

If your tuition and fees are within the program limits of $2625.00 per semester, your only out-of-pocket expenses will be textbooks, required supplies and any fees that are not covered when registering for classes. The $50 program textbook benefit is reimbursed after tuition is paid to the colleges.

Tuition will be deferred to the end of the semester after your grades are verified. As a UPS package handler, the tuition benefit will only be applied to courses that you pass. For UPS part-time supervisors, classes must be passed with a grade of "C". The student is responsible for all related expenses if grades are below these requirements.

What is an academic year?

An academic year is defined as three consecutive terms including fall, spring, and summer semesters. You must complete a minimum of 6 credits during fall and spring terms, for a program minimum of 12 credits per year. Students may be allowed to take additional summer classes depending on available funds.

Can I take more than six credits per semester and 12 credits per year?

Yes. The CRCP is a program for part-time students who work part-time at UPS' Hodgkins facility. We typically limit students to a lighter class loads during their first semester in the CRCP, ideally 6-9 credit hours and up to 11 credits going forward. Full time students with a track record of academic success will be considered for additional classes. If students have not depleted their annual tuition funds, summer classes are an additional option.

What happens if I drop below the minimum credits requirement?

Your CRCP participation will be suspended. If you determine that you will be able to meet the program requirements at a later date, you have the option to appeal to the CRCP Executive Director for reinstatement.

How long do I have to work to be covered in the program?

Your signed Student Agreement which covers one academic year. However, tuition and fees are paid at the conclusion of each academic term. Educational benefits are paid for students who successfully complete their courses and maintain employment through the end of the semester. Students who do not meet program requirements can be removed at the end of each term.

Do I have to apply for financial aid?

Students are encouraged to apply for FAFSA funds, as there may be grant funds available to you. These grants do not require repayment. However, employees are eligible for the program by nature of your UPS employment and meeting CRCP requirements.

What about scholarships and other student aid that is grant-based?

All scholarships and other grant-based aid (both public and private) must be applied first to your student account. Any remaining tuition and fees will then be paid using your CRCP benefits up to the limits of the program.

What is the maximum educational benefit for CRCP students?

The CRCP pays a maximum educational benefit of up to $5,250 per year for student tuition and fees and $50 per course toward textbooks. CRCP students take part-time course loads, ideally 2 -3 courses per semester. Payment is made directly to the college at the completion of the semester for all classes completed satisfactorily. As a result, students whose expenses are within the program limits would not need to pay for classes in advance and would only incur book expenses should books exceed $50 per class or the semester maximum benefit.

What types of courses or degree programs are covered?

All courses or degree programs including online and distance learning that offer undergraduate or graduate college credits will be covered at CSU, GSU, MVCC, Morton College, Olive-Harvey College, Prairie State College and Richard J. Daley College and our 10 affiliate institutions.

What is the recommended courseload per semester?

The minimum program requirement is 6 credits per semester. For the first term in CRCP, students are generally limited to 9 credits to ensure a successful adjustment to balancing the overnight job and college. The CRCP is a program for part-time students who work part-time. Generally, students take 6-9 credits each semester. Full-time students who have a current record of academic success may be approved for full-time courseloads.

When does participation begin?

Participation begins when you sign the CRCP Student Agreement, prior to the beginning of the academic term. To maintain coverage, you must meet the ongoing eligibility requirements.

Are there any requirements for using the monthly bonus?

No. We realize that college expenses extend beyond tuition and books. The bonuses are unrestricted so that you may use them to offset any expense of your choosing.

When would I receive the monthly educational allowance?

The CRCP monthly educational allowance is paid at the end of each month, beginning with the first month of the academic term.

What additional financial support is offered to Veterans?

If you served in the U.S. Armed Forces, you qualify for an additional stipend. You will need to provide a copy of your DD214 form when you sign your Student Agreement as discharge verification. If Honorably discharged, you qualify for an additional $200 monthly stipend. If you served at least one year and received a General discharge, you qualify for an additional $100 each month.

Are the program benefits the same for students at partner and affiliate colleges?

Students at affiliate and partner institutions receive the same educational benefits. However, the monthly bonus varies, depending on whether students are enrolled at a partner or an affiliate.

Students attending CRCP affiliates receive a $200 monthly bonus ($300 for qualified veterans). Students attending CRCP partners currently receive $300each month (up to $500 for qualified veterans). Additionally, students at CRCP partner colleges will be eligible for increases in the monthly bonus, as well as academic awards, should program funding make these additional amounts possible.

Success Stories

The CRCP has helped over 4,000 students pursue their education goals since 2003.

Amber Kouba

Amber Kouba

Governors State University

In 2007, I discovered an opportunity with UPS and CRCP.