Out-of-State Scholarships

MSEP (Midwest Student Exchange Program)

IU South Bend 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 legal residents of Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin who are admitted as nonresident students to enroll at IU South Bend at a reduced cost.

Visit the MSEP website for more information.

MSEA (Midwest Student Enrollment Award)

IU South Bend supports enrollment of our Michigan/Illinois residents admitted to a degree or certificate program with a tuition reduction scholarship.

Both the scholarships process are as follows:


Students from partnering states coming to IU South Bend will pay 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate. This is the in-state tuition rate plus 50% of the in-state rate.


You must be enrolling as a non-resident undergraduate or graduate student.  Only those seeking to complete a credential (degree, certificate, diploma) are eligible.  Non-degree students and students in fully online programs are ineligible.  No application is needed; the reduction will be automatically posted for eligible students.  Eligibility is based on the student's address at the time of admission.

International student eligibility:

If you reside in a participating state and have one of the following immigration statuses you may qualify:

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 1-485 beneficiary.

Chancellor's Merit Award

The Chancellor's Merit Award is to promote enrollment of out-of-state students at IU South Bend and is available to degree-seeking undergraduate students who are not legal residents to the state of Indiana or are eligible non-citizens. The scholarship provides students with the opportunity to receive a reduction in the out-of-state tuition rate. Students in fully online programs are not eligible for Chancellor's Merit. A limited number of awards per year will be made to students who meet the criteria listed below.

To be eligible for this award, incoming freshmen must meet the following:

  • Graduate from a U.S. high school or state recognized home school program with a college preparatory curriculum,

  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale,

  • Be formally admitted without condition (students will not be reviewed until they have been granted full admission status).

Transfer Students:

To be eligible for this award, out-of-state fee-paying transfer students must meet the following:

  • Indiana House enacted HB 1402 and SB 590 prohibits students that are not U.S. Citizens or a qualified alien from receiving institutional scholarship funds.  Students that do not meet these criteria will not be eligible for the scholarship.

  • Transfer from a U.S. college with at least 26 transferable credit hours, and

  • Have earned a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA in previous collegiate coursework.

Note: Transfer students with fewer than 26 transferable credit hours are required to meet the high school record requirements listed above.  Priority will be given to students pursuing their first bachelor's degree.


Recipients of the Chancellor's Merit Award will pay 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate.  Students who are legal residents of qualifying MSEP states or MSEA (see above) will receive the MSEP or MSEA award. Awards require continuous enrollment in fall and spring semesters, a minimum of half-time enrollment (6 credit hours) during the fall and spring semesters, and the successful completion of at least 18 credit hours during the award year (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Students in fully online programs are not eligible for the Chancellor’s Merit Award.


The Chancellor’s Merit Award is automatically renewable if students meet the following criteria:

  • Maintain a cumulative 3.0 average,

  • Maintain a minimum of half-time enrollment in each of the fall and spring semesters, and

  • Complete a minimum of 18 credit hours during the academic year (an academic year consists of Fall, Spring and the following Summer Sessions).

*Michigan residents awarded MSEP in 2020-2021 and prior will be grandfathered with the award.

*Recipients of Chancellor Merit awards made prior to the 2021-2022 Academic Year will be grandfathered through the 2023-2024 Academic Year based on meeting the renewal criteria mentioned above.

Recipients of Exceptional Merit Awards made prior to 2021-2022 who meet the renewal criteria will continue to receive the award for a maximum total of 4 years based on meeting the renewal criteria: per academic year enroll full-time each fall and spring; complete 30 credit hours each academic year; and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

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