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Midwest Student Exchange Program


This policy outlines the eligibility requirements for the Midwest Student Exchange, the length of the scholarship, renewal criteria and any exceptions to the scholarships.

Applies to: 

First-time non-resident freshmen and transfer students at the University of Kansas, Lawrence campus.

Policy Statement: 

The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MWSE) is a partial tuition discount program designed to improve access for non-resident students to attend the University of Kansas. Students who have been selected to receive the MWSE discount will be charged 150% of resident tuition rates.


  • Newly admitted non-resident freshmen and transfer students for the 2017-2018 academic year can be considered for the Midwest Student Exchange (MWSE). Freshmen who are assessed non-resident tuition rates, must submit a complete admission application by November 1 to be considered for the Midwest Student Exchange. Newly admitted transfer students who are assessed non-resident tuition rates, must submit a complete application by February 1 to be considered for the Midwest Student Exchange. Only transfer students coming directly from a community college will be considered. Graduate students are not eligible. 
  • Only prospective freshman students from the states of Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska, North Dakota, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota or Wisconsin can receive the MWSE. Beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year, prospective undergraduate students from Ohio will eligible for consideration. 
  • For prospective freshman who applied prior to the summer/fall 2016 academic year, students must major in one of the following areas to receive the MWSE: African and African American studies; American studies, astronomy; classics; dance; engineering physics; geology; health education/ community health; humanities; journalism and mass communications; Latin American studies; music education; music performance; music therapy; petroleum engineering; physics; religious studies; Russian; East European and Eurasian studies; Slavic languages and literatures; visual arts education; or women's studies.
    • For summer/ fall 2013 applicants, majors also include architectural studies; masters of architecture; design (environmental/ interior design, industrial design); environmental studies; and music (performance, musicology, theory & composition).
    • For summer/ fall 2014 applicants, majors also include: Anthropology; French; Italian; German; History of Art; Philosophy; Political Science; Public Affairs & Administration, Sociology and Theatre.
    • For summer/ fall 2015 applicants, environmental/ interior design is no longer a  major at the University of Kansas.
    • Beginning fall 2016 KU removed the academic major component of the awarding criteria. Recipients are to meet the state of residency, test score and high school GPA criteria to be awarded the Midwest Student Exchange.
  • Awardees will be notified in writing if they are awarded the Midwest Student Exchange Scholarship (MWSE).
    • The December ACT/SAT, 2017 test scores are the last test scores to be used for MWSE Scholarship awarding.
    • The seventh semester cumulative grade report is the last cumulative GPA to be used for MWSE Scholarship awarding.
    • Student must self-report any improved test scores or GPA by February 1, 2018 to be considered for the MWSE Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • MWSE is a four-year renewable scholarship for freshmen. MWSE is a three-year renewable scholarship for transfer students. 
  • Recipients must be non-resident freshman or transfer students who are assessed non-resident tuition rates.


MWSE scholarships will expire after four years of undergraduate study or upon earning an undergraduate degree; whichever occurs first for freshmen recipients. MWSE scholarships will expire after three years of undergraduate study or upon earning an undergraduate degree; whichever occurs first for transfer recipients. MWSE scholarship recipients must maintain a major within the list of MWSE majors, meet renewal criteria and be assessed non-resident tuition (this pertains to students who received MWSE prior to entering KU in the summer/fall of 2016). 


Students must maintain a KU GPA of 3.25, complete 30 KU hours each academic year and be assessed non-resident tuition rates. If a student meets the renewal criteria, the scholarship will be renewed for the upcoming academic year. If the renewal criterion is not met, the scholarship will be revoked. At any time, the scholarship will be reinstated if the student should meet the academic renewal criteria. 

Exclusions or Special Circumstances: 

Any student assessed non-resident tuition who had been approved for MWSE whose tuition status changes to resident because of a residency classification change, fee privileges or special rates will no longer be eligible for the MWSE. Financial Aid & Scholarships will monitor scholarship recipients on a regular basis and if the student is paying resident tuition rates the scholarship will be revoked effective for the next semester.

Gail Sherron, Associate Director
Financial Aid and Scholarships
KU Visitor Center
1502 Iowa Street
Lawrence, KS 66045
Approved by: 
Associate Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Approved on: 
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Effective on: 
Monday, August 1, 2011
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)

Information on the Midwest Students Exchange Program is updated annually by Financial Aid and Scholarships.


Non-resident tuition: Tuition rates equal to out-of-state tuition rates
Resident tuition rates: Tuition rates equal to in-state tuition rates
Fee privilege or special rates: A waiver of out-of-state tuition charges
Tuition Compact: Tuition rate set for a four-year period that is assessed to certain categories of students

Midwest Student Exchange Program; MSEP; Jayhawk Generations; Scholarships; Partial tuition waivers; Financial Aid & Scholarships; Scholarship renewal criteria; Non-Resident Tuition;
Review, Approval & Change History: 
08/31/2017: Updated and approved. Included new information for transfer students. Removed out of date information for previous academic years. 
03/14/2017: Updated and approved major requirements
09/11/2015: Updated and approved
11/17/2014: Policy formatting cleanup (e.g., bolding, spacing).
08/18/2014: Updated and approved
08/23/2013: Updated and approved
11/30/2012: Updated and approved
08/01/2012: Updated and approved
08/18/2011: Updated and approved
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