Midwest Student Exchange Program

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. Students who live in states that participate in MSEP can attend IUPUI and pay tuition at 150 percent of the in-state rate.

What does this mean for you? If you are a legal resident of one of the participating states, the MSEP award significantly reduces the cost for you to attend IUPUI.

Participating states

The states that currently participate in MSEP are Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Academic eligibility

Incoming freshmen must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.75 upon initial enrollment to be eligible for this award. 

To be eligible, transfer applicants must have a cumulative 2.50 college GPA or higher from the most recent college upon initial enrollment. Transfer applicants are defined as any student who has attempted 12 college credit hours after high school graduation. This includes full- and part-time students, second-degree students and returning adult students.

How much money will the MSEP award save me?

The average tuition cost for an out-of-state student at IUPUI is currently $29,806 per year. MSEP award recipients pay tuition at 150 percent of IUPUI’s in-state rate, which reduces the cost to $13,462 for a savings of $16,344 per year.

It’s important to note that the MSEP award applies only to tuition costs. Mandatory fees and program fees are not reduced by the MSEP award.

Who is eligible for the MSEP 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.

You are not eligible for the MSEP 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 MSEP award does 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 MSEP. 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 MSEP 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

How does receiving the MSEP award affect my financial aid and/or scholarships?

You are still eligible to receive financial aid and scholarships if you receive the MSEP award; however, your total aid package, including the MSEP award, cannot exceed the direct costs of attendance. If your aid package exceeds your direct costs, you should consult with the IRS on your tax liability for the difference.

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If you have questions about the MSEP award, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 317-274-4591 or msep@iupui.edu.

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