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Midwest Student Exchange Program

Policy
Purpose: 

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 at the University of Kansas, Lawrence campus.

Campus: 
Lawrence
Contents: 
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 for specific academic programs.

Eligibility

1.      Prospective non-resident freshmen must submit a complete admission application by November 1 to be considered for the Midwest Student Exchange (MWSE). Transfer and graduate students are not eligible for MWSE consideration.

2.      A complete application will consist of the following:

     A.  Admission application found at www.admissions.ku.edu/apply

     B.  Application fee

     C.  Self-reported high school grade point average

     D.  Self-reported ACT and/or SAT scores

3.      Only prospective freshmen students from the states of Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska, North Dakota, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota or Wisconsin can receive the MWSE.

4.      MWSE recipients must be newly admitted non-resident freshmen assessed non-resident tuition rates.

5.      Students must major in the 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.

     A. For Fall 2013 applicants, majors also include architectural studies; mast of architecture; design (environmental/interior design, industrial design; illustration & animation, photo media, visual communication/graphic design); environmental studies; and music (performance, musicology, theory & composition)

     B.  Fall 2014 applicants, majors also include:  Anthropology, French, Italian, German, History of Art, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Affairs & Administration, Sociology and Theatre. 

     C. Fall 2015 application, environmental/interior design is no longer a major at the University of Kansas. Graphic Design is now Visual Communication Design.

6. Awardees will be notified in writing by FAS if they are awarded the Midwest Student Exchange Scholarship (MWSE).

     A. The December ACT/SAT, 2015 test scores are the last test scores to be used for MWSE Scholarship awarding.
     B. The seventh semester cumulative grade report is the last cumulative GPA to be used for MWSE     Scholarship awarding.
     C. Student must self-report any improved test scores or GPA by February 1, 2016 to be considered for the MWSE Scholarship.
     D.  May 1, 2016 is the last day that a student can change academic major to be considered for the MWSE Scholarship. 

7.      MWSE is a four-year renewable scholarship.

     A.  Recipients must adhere to scholarship renewal criteria to receive the MWSE.
     B.  Recipients must be non-resident freshmen assessed non-resident tuition rates.

8.      Scholarship recipients who were admitted on or after Summer/Fall 2015 must successfully complete a minimum of 30 KU hours each academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer), maintain at least a 3.4 cumulative KU GPA, making progress towards MWSE degree, and continue to be assessed non-resident tuition rates.

9.  Renewal criteria for recipients beginning Summer/Fall 2012 through Summer/Fall 2014:

     A.  Maintain a cumulative KU GPA of at least 3.25
     B.  Complete 30 KU credit hours each academic year
     C.  Maintain a major in one of the following areas: 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.
     D.  For Fall 2013 applicants, majors also include architectural studies; mast of architecture; design (environmental/interior design, industrial design; illustration & animation, photo media, visual communication/graphic design); environmental studies; and music (performance, musicology, theory & composition).
     E.  For Fall 2013 applicants, majors also include:  Anthropology, French, Italian, German, History of Art, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Affairs & Administration, Sociology and Theatre. 
     F.  Continue to be assessed non-resident tuition rates

10.      Renewal criteria for recipients beginning Summer/Fall 2009-2011:

     A.  Maintain a cumulative KU GPA of at least 3.25
     B.  Complete 24 KU credit hours each academic year
     C.  Maintain a major in one of the following areas: 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.
     D.  Continue to be assessed non-resident tuition rates

Terms
MWSE scholarships will expire after four years of undergraduate study or upon earning an undergraduate degree; whichever occurs first. MWSE scholarship recipients must maintain a major within the list of MWSE majors, meet renewal criteria and be assessed non-resident tuition.

Renewal
For MWSE scholarship recipients who entered KU as freshmen on between Summer/Fall 2009 and Summer/Fall 2011. The MWSE scholarship will expire after four years of undergraduate study or upon earning an undergraduate degree; whichever occurs first. Scholarship review takes place annually. Students must maintain a KU GPA of at least 3.25 and complete 24 KU hours each academic year. 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 renewal criteria.

For MWSE scholarship recipients who entered KU as freshmen on or after Summer/Fall 2012, the MWSE scholarship will expire after four years of undergraduate study or upon earning an undergraduate degree; whichever occurs first. Scholarship review takes place each semester. Students must maintain a KU GPA of at least 3.4 and complete 30 KU hours each academic year.  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 renewal criteria.

Exclusions or Special Circumstances: 

Students who entered KU between Summer/Fall 2009 and Summer/Fall 2011may receive the Midwest Student Exchange Scholarship and the Jayhawk Generations Scholarship.

Students who entered KU on and beyond Summer/Fall 2012 will not receive the Midwest Student Exchange Scholarship and the Jayhawk Generations Scholarship.

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.

Contact: 

Financial Aid and Scholarships
KU Visitor Center
1502 Iowa Street
Lawrence, KS 66045
Gail Sherron, Associate Director, Scholarships
785-864-5418
gsherron@ku.edu

Approved by: 
Gail Sherron, Brenda Maigaard
Approved on: 
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Effective on: 
Monday, August 1, 2011
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Background: 

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

Definitions: 

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

Keywords: 
Midwest Student Exchange Program; MSEP; Jayhawk Generations; Scholarships; Partial tuition waivers; Financial Aid & Scholarships; Scholarship renewal criteria; Non-Resident Tuition;
Review, Approval & Change History: 

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

09/11/2015: Updated and approved

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