Minnesota Office of Higher Education

Reduced Out-of-State Tuition Options

Affordable education in other states, because you live in Minnesota


There are two key ways to reduce the cost of college when you decide to attend a college in another Midwest state.


Minnesota has agreements with neighboring states to provide lower tuition for Minnesota residents to attend public colleges and universities in those states. This is called reciprocity. Typically, non-resident admission fees and tuition are reduced (or eliminated) if you're a reciprocity student.

Minnesota has reciprocity agreements with Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota. It also has an agreement with the Canadian province of Manitoba, and a limited agreement with Iowa Lakes Community College in northwestern Iowa.

The programs with Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota cover virtually all students, including full-time, part-time, undergraduate, graduate, and professional (some professional programs are excluded).

Students enrolled in programs that charge the same tuition rate to all students regardless of state of residence are not covered under any of the reciprocity agreements. Students taking distance education from a college in a neighboring reciprocity state while remaining in their home state are not covered under the reciprocity agreement with Wisconsin.

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Midwest Student Exchange Program

Minnesota residents (including eligible undocumented students), may be eligible for reduced tuition at a limited number of Midwest public and private schools and programs of study in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. Please note that during the 2019-2020 academic year, Michigan announced they will no longer be participating in the program. The program will allow academic year 2020-2021 as a transition year. After 2020-2021, students from Michigan are no longer eligible for the MSEP benefit and students from other states can no longer attend Michigan schools with the MSEP benefit.

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