Reduced tuition for nonresidents

Reduced tuition for nonresidents

IUPUI participates in the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), a multistate tuition reciprocity program established by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. A similar program is offered for residents of Michigan. Students who live in Michigan or states that participate in MSEP can attend IUPUI and save over $64,000 in tuition across four years. This brings your tuition closer to our current in-state rate.

What does this mean for you? Students who live in participating states can attend IUPUI and pay tuition at a reduced rate of 55% of the nonresident tuition.

Participating states

Illinois | Kansas | Minnesota | Missouri | Nebraska | North Dakota | Ohio | Wisconsin

Savings for Michigan Residents

The State of Michigan withdrew from the Midwest Student Exchange Program in September of 2019, but don't worry — we've got you covered. IUPUI will award students from Michigan with the MSEP merit award (or similar funding) for all 2020 terms. Consideration and review of possible extensions for 2021 terms and beyond will be ongoing.

Who is eligible for a nonresident tuition award?

To be eligible for the MSEP award, you must reside in one of the participating states and be admitted to IUPUI as an undergraduate degree-seeking student. This includes full- and part-time traditional undergraduate students, transfer students, second degree students, and returning adult students.

Michigan residents will qualify for a nonresident tuition award similar to the MSEP award for all 2020 starting terms. This award is being reviewed for possible extensions for students who start in 2021 or beyond.

You are not eligible for a nonresident tuition award if:

  • You are enrolled in an online degree program
  • You are enrolled in a dual degree program through a different university
  • You have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status
  • You are a nonresident who is eligible to receive in-state tuition

Other important information about eligibility

The nonresident tuition awards do not cover tuition costs at other IU campuses—you must be enrolled in classes on the IUPUI campus for it to be applied. For example, if you take a course at another IU campus during the summer, the MSEP award does not cover the tuition cost for that course.

The award does cover:

  • Online courses taken as part of your on-campus degree program
  • Summer courses taken on the IUPUI campus
Graduate student eligibility

Some IUPUI graduate and professional programs participate in nonresident tuition awards. The IUPUI Graduate Office can help you find participating graduate programs.

Learn about graduate student eligibility
International student eligibility

If you reside in a participating state and have one of these immigration statuses, you may qualify for the MSEP award: A-1, A-2, A-3, E-1, E-2, E-3, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, H-1B, H-4, I, L-1, L-2, O-1, O-3, V-1, V-2, V-3, or pending I-485 beneficiary.

How do I apply for the MSEP award?

There is no application process for the nonresident tuition award. If you live in one of the participating states, you automatically qualify for the award upon admission to IUPUI.

Find out how to apply for admission to IUPUI


If you have questions about the MSEP award, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 317.274.2252 or

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