What is the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)?

The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) helps improve access to postsecondary education through the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP). Since 1994, the MSEP has provided more affordable opportunities for students to attend out-of-state institutions. The MSEP serves as the Midwest's largest multi-state tuition reciprocity program.

Over 70 colleges and universities in Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin have opened their doors to each others' citizens at more affordable rates. Although the Midwestern Higher Education Compact is composed of twelve Midwestern states, the MSEP is a voluntary program (as are all MHEC programs) and eight of the twelve states participate. Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and South Dakota do not participate in the MSEP at this time. Click here for more information.

How it works

Through the MSEP, public institutions agree to charge students no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate for selected programs with private institutions offering a 10% reduction on their tuition. You must be enrolling as a non-resident student at a participating MSEP campus to receive the discount.  All enrollment decisions are made at the discretion of the receiving campus and the campus may exercise its right to limit participation or set specific admission requirements for the MSEP.

Actual savings through the program will vary from institution to institution depending upon the tuition rates. Participating students will typically realize savings between $500 and $7,000 annually.

For your reference

Information found on this website does not demonstrate the full array of tuition reductions available to students such as, federal, state, school, and private sources, etc.  For more information on what options are available, please contact the school’s financial aid office directly or visit https://studentaid.gov.

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