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 pursuing a career certificate, undergraduate degree 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 $22.00/hr) $20,020
Monthly Bonus ($200 - $500/month) $2,400- $6,000
Annual CRCP Maximum Benefit Potential $27,670- $31,270


  • Attend classes at any of our 7 partner colleges or 10 affiliate institutions. As space permits, other colleges are eligible.
  • 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?

Tuition, fees and book allowances are paid up to program limits and deferred until the end of the term for students who complete CRCP requirements and meet program academic standards. Students are responsible for the purchase of textbooks, required supplies and any fees that are not covered by the program. The program textbook allowance is reimbursed after tuition is paid to the colleges.

For the spring 2020 semester, educational benefits are as follows:
CRCP Partner Universities - Chicago State University and Governors State University, up to $6,000/semester; textbook reimbursement $75/class.
CRCP Partner Community Colleges - Moraine Valley, Morton, Olive-Harvey, Prairie State and Richard J. Daley, up to $3,000/semester; textbook reimbursement $75/class.
10 CRCP Affiliate Institutions- up to $2,625/semester; textbook reimbursement $50/class.

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?

You are eligible for the CRCP immediately upon hire. As a CRCP student, you will sign a 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 educational benefit varies annually depending on available grant funds from the State of Illinois. Beginning the spring 2022 term, students will be eligible for the following benefits:

Partner Universities: Chicago State University and Governors State University, up to $6,000 per year for tuition and fees, and up to $250 textbook reimbursement per class.
Partner Community Colleges: Moraine Valley, Morton, Olive-Harvey, Prairie State, and Richard J. Daley, up to $6,000 annually for tuition and fees, and up to $250 textbook reimbursement per class.
Affiliate University Institutions: Students attending our Affiliates universities will benefit from up to $7,500 per year for student tuition and fees and up to $80 textbook reimbursement per class.
Affiliate Community Colleges: Students attending an Affiliate community college will benefit from up to $5,825 per year for student tuition and fees and up to $80 textbook reimbursement per class.

CRCP generally 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 expenses should they exceed the textbook reimbursement amount or the maximum semester 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. 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. For students attending a Partner College, 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. Veterans attending an Affiliate Institution qualify for an additional $100 each month.

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

As a result of being awarded a State of Illinois grant for 2020, students attending the 7 partner institutions will benefit from increased tuition benefits.

Governors State and Chicago State University students, up to $6,000 per semester for tuition, fees and $75 per class for textbooks. Students attending the 5 partner community colleges, up to $3,000 per semester and $75 per class for textbooks. Students attending an affiliate institution will continue to qualify for up to $2,625 per semester and $50 for textbooks.

Additionally, 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 $300 each 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.

Jennifer Wellington

Jennifer Wellington

Governors State University

The Chicagoland Regional College Program afforded me the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.