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Midwest Student Exchange Program Award FAQ for Undergraduates

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IUPUI has joined the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP).

The Midwest Student Exchange Program was established by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact to increase interstate educational opportunities for students in its member states. The program enables residents of Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin who are admitted as nonresident students to enroll at IUPUI at a reduced cost.

What is the Midwest Student Exchange Program?

The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) is a multi-state tuition reciprocity program. Through the MSEP, participating institutions agree to charge students no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate for specific programs. 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 MSEP.

Are there eligibility requirements in order to participate in the MSEP?

To be eligible for the award at IUPUI, a student must be a resident of Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, or Wisconsin. The student must also apply and be admitted (including conditional admits) to IUPUI as a nonresident, as well as enroll and attend classes on campus. Eligible students will be granted a Midwest Student Exchange Program award.

Note: Some nonresident students may qualify for resident tuition according to Indiana state law. Those students are not eligible for the Midwest Student Exchange Program award. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or undocumented students that are classified as nonresidents are not eligible for the MSEP award.

Which majors at IUPUI participate in the MSEP?

Undergraduate baccalaureate programs, associate degree programs, and certificate programs are included. Exceptions include: All online degree programs, dual degree programs to which the student enrolls through a different institution (e.g., Butler University), and undergraduate degrees and certificates in the School of Medicine.

When will the MSEP at IUPUI go into effect?

IUPUI’s participation in the MSEP will become effective with the Fall 2016 semester.

Are both full- and part-time students at IUPUI eligible to participate in the MSEP?

Participation in the MSEP is available to both full-time and part-time students.

What is the IUPUI undergraduate application process?

Go to this site and read more information about the process. Prospective students should refer to our admissions deadlines site to determine if IUPUI is still accepting applications for a desired starting term.

Is the MSEP award available to international applicants?

If a student currently resides in Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, or Wisconsin and has one of the following immigration statuses, they may qualify for the MSEP award at IUPUI. Valid immigration statuses include: 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.

Are graduate students eligible to participate in the MSEP?

Certain graduate degree programs participate in the MSEP. A list of these graduate degree programs can be found here. Frequently asked questions for the IUPUI Graduate School's participation in MSEP can be found here.

Are application fee waivers part of the MSEP program?

No, application fee waivers are not a part of the MSEP program. Click here for information on the fee waivers IUPUI grants.

Can I receive a scholarship from IUPUI and still qualify for the MSEP?

Yes. A student who receives the MSEP award may still be granted an admission-based scholarship. Review our non-resident admissions-based scholarship awards here.

Example: if student is admitted as a nonresident from a MSEP state AND qualifies for the Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship, their scholarship award will be $2,500 annually (and not the general award of $10,000 for a valedictorian or salutatorian from a non-MSEP state).

How will the MSEP award or other scholarships affect personal income taxes?  
Students receiving combinations of scholarships and awards that exceed tuition and fees (direct costs) may need to consult with IRS publications #520 and #508 on tax liability for the difference. Please see the IRS website for downloadable copies or more information. (The Scholarship Office cannot provide information on tax advising.)

Can the MSEP award be used for summer session tuition?

Yes, the MSEP award will be granted for summer session courses taken at IUPUI. The first eligible summer term is Summer 2017.

Can I receive financial aid and still qualify for the MSEP award?

Yes; however, all financial aid received, when combined with the MSEP award, cannot exceed the total cost of attendance. MSEP participants are responsible for all other fees assessed upon enrollment.

Note: first-year housing stipends that a MSEP award student may receive will not be reduced as a result of the award. Housing stipends are usually granted to nonresidents in the amount of $2500.

How much money can I save through the MSEP?

Actual savings can vary, but generally a student from one of the MSEP states would have paid approximately $29,800 per year in tuition. Participating students will now typically pay tuition charges of approximately $13,300 per year.

Important note: The MSEP Award reduces IUPUI tuition costs. Mandatory fees and other program fees are not reduced by the award. For more on these fees, see the IUPUI fee estimator at

Are transfer, second-degree, intercampus transfers, returning, and other non-freshman students eligible for the MSEP?

Yes, generally all undergraduate degree-seeking students who meet the eligibility requirements (see above) can qualify for the MSEP beginning in Fall 2016.

If I am an MSEP student, can I take online courses as part of my on-campus degree program?

Yes, MSEP students enrolled in an IUPUI on-campus degree program can take online courses to fulfill requirements outlined in their degree map.

I was admitted prior to the Fall 2016 semester and meet MSEP requirements. Am I able to receive the award?

Yes. Starting with the Fall 2016 semester, current or previously enrolled students who meet MSEP requirements and remain eligible to enroll in the degree program will qualify for the MSEP award automatically and will not need to complete an MSEP application.

Are there requirements to retain the MSEP award?

Yes. The student will continue to receive the award as long as he/she remains eligible to enroll in their degree program regardless of subsequent status of the MSEP Participation Agreement or the institution’s or degree program’s participation in the exchange program.

If I enroll in a course at another IU campus during the summer, will the MSEP cover the tuition at another campus?

No, the student must enroll in courses through IUPUI for the MSEP award to be applied.

If I receive the MSEP award, can I still participate in the National Student Exchange Program?

IUPUI students participating in the National Student Exchange Program are responsible for paying IUPUI tuition and fees. The MSEP award may not be available. The student should discuss options with the IUPUI National Student Exchange Program Coordinator.

I believe I should qualify for the MSEP award, but did not receive it. Who can I contact?

Students who have not already been contacted about their MSEP eligibility, but feel they meet the eligibility criteria, can completee the Office of the Registrar's appeal form.

Who do I contact for more information about the MSEP program at IUPUI?

For more information please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 317-274-4591 or by email at