Group Purchasing Organizations

The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) provides its member colleges access to discounted purchasing opportunities through its association with several group purchasing organizations:

Coalition for College Cost Savings

CICV is a member of the Coalition for College Cost Savings (CCCS). CCCS is a group purchasing coalition comprised of 33 non-profit higher education member organizations dedicated to helping nearly 900 non-profit higher education institutions improve processes and reduce costs through collaboration. Through this organization, CICV is able to offer its members access to collaborative programs, such as:
AffinityLTC & Genworth - AffinityLTC has negotiated a Best in Class employee Long Term Care Insurance benefit that can be offered on a voluntary or employer paid basis at little to no cost to your institution. The Group Long Term Care Insurance program available from Genworth offers Coalition member organizations and their member institutions excellent features and underwriting processes for the campus faculty and staff planning ahead to protect their retirement savings from unexpected health events.
Blackboard Payments Powered by CashNet - Whether it's to simplify electronic billing, accept payments all over campus, offer flexible tuition payment plans, or create online storefronts, Blackboard Payments Powered by Cashnet fits your everyday campus needs and gives your students and authorized payers enhanced, flexible payment options. (formerly - CastleBranch provides almost two-third of colleges and universities nationwide with a wide array of products and services. A true industry leader, CastleBranch offers technology driven background screening solutions for your students and entire workforce, including employees, contractors, vendors, volunteers and more.
E&I Cooperative Services   E&I is the member-owned, not-for-profit sourcing cooperative focused on education. Members have access to a diverse portfolio of competitively awarded contracts, electronic procurement platforms and consulting services to help you reduce costs and optimize supply chain efficiencies.

Fastenal Company - As the world's most efficient supplier of OEM, MRO, and construction products, Fastenal has never wavered in their belief that great service starts with being close to their customers. Today they operate nearly 2,700 stores spanning all 50 states.

Liberty Mutual Tuition Insurance -  A college education is one of life's biggest financial investments, but it is one that often goes unprotected. That's why Liberty Mutual Insurance is proud to offer Tuition Insurance - an affordable type of coverage that protects the thousands of dollars families pay in tuition, and that they could lose in the event of an unexpected health-related withdrawal such as an injury, illness or mental health condition. Based on a school's refund schedule, a student who withdraws mid-semester may be eligible to get only a portion of their tuition refunded, or receive no refund at all. But with Tuition Insurance, Liberty Mutual can reimburse a family up to 100% (of their insured costs), including tuition, room & board, and other fees paid to the school.* Available at an affordable rate, Tuition Insurance provides peace of mind to students, families, and school administrators. (*Coverage not available at all colleges and universities. Policy terms and conditions apply.)

Nelnet  - Nelnet Business Solutions provides innovative educational services in loan servicing, payment processing, education planning, and asset management. These products and services help students and families plan, prepare, and pay for their education while making the administrative and financial processes more efficient for schools and financial organizations.

Pan-American Life Insurance Group  - Pan-American Life Insurance Group offers three Accident Insurance Programs discounted exclusively for member institutions: 1) Travel Medical & Accident Coverage Abroad, 2) Intercollegiate Sports, and 3) Mandatory Student, Faculty, and Staff Accident coverages. Program features include customization, risk pooling, network discounts, and coordination with other plans. These easy to administer programs include a dedicated team ready to implement, manage, and coordinate all services. With over 100 years of experience and extensive industry knowledge, we are committed to providing exceptional service and innovative solutions to manage accident risk.

Paymerang (formerly AP Advantage) - Through a simple process change, Paymerang facilitates electronic payments between colleges and their vendors, employees and (coming soon) students. Backed by an award-winning software and network, Paymerang provides a complete accounts payable  disbursement solution that includes software integration, vendor enrollment, payment processing, and reconcilement. Clients import a single file of payment instructions and Paymerang executes financial transactions and delivers associated customized electronic payment details. The company partners with private colleges national wide to quickly pay electronically  without the addition of significant resources, compliance requirements, fraud detection, costs or credit limits that come from using traditional bank programs..

Lyen Crews
Executive Director
(859) 321-4810

Michigan Collegiate Telecommunications Association (MiCTA)

Originally formed as a professional organization among Michigan’s public universities, MiCTA provides group purchasing programs, monitors telecommunications and technology legislation and informs its membership of events which may affect them. The current CenturyLink telecommunications agreement used by CICV schools is managed by MiCTA. MiCTA offers many other group purchasing opportunities in the areas of communications and technology.


Virginia Division of Purchases and Supply (eVA and VASCUPP)

eVA is the Commonwealth's procurement system and allows CICV members full access to initiate vendor search reports, advertise proposals and bids, initiate eVA Quick Quotes, utilize state contracts, maintain electronic order tracking, and much more free of charge. CICV schools have a dedicated Account Executive to provide training and assistance with the eVA procurement system.

Terri Hudgins
Account Executive
DGS - Department of Purchases & Supply
(757) 407-5315

CICV Members can also access the cooperative contracts available through VASCUPP (Virginia Association of State College and University Purchasing Professionals).

WSCA-NASPO (Western States Contracting Alliance - National Association of State Procurement Officials)

WSCA-NASPO represents a unified, nationally-focused cooperative purchasing program that leverages the collective expertise and experience of WSCA and NASPO, aggregates the demand of all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five organized territories, and their political subdivisions and other eligible entities, and helps spur innovation and competition in the marketplace.

The 60+ contracts available through WSCA-NASPO benefit countless public entities including states, cities, counties, and higher education institutions. CICV members have been invited to use these contracts through CICV's association with the VA Division of Purchase and Supply.

Paul Stembler, Coorperative Development Coordinator

OMNIA Partners

OMNIA Partners  (company formed after merger of US Communities and National  IPA) is the cooperative purchasing organization driving excellence in higher education procurement. Its unmatched breadth of best value contracts from industry-leading suppliers provides the immediate solutions colleges and universities need to meet their strategic goals.

Lisa Sloane
Regional Manager, Higher Education--Atlantic
(770) 265-0262

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