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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.

Eligibility

  1. Newly admitted non-resident freshman for the 2016-2017 academic year, who are assessed non-resident tuition rates, 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 consists of the following.
  3. Only prospective freshman students from the states of Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska, North Dakota, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota or Wisconsin can receive the MWSE.
  4. 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.
    1. 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).
    2. For summer/ fall 2014 applicants, majors also include: Anthropology; French; Italian; German; History of Art; Philosophy; Political Science; Public Affairs & Administration, Sociology and Theatre.
    3. For summer/ fall 2015 applicants, environmental/ interior design is no longer a  major at the University of Kansas.
    4. 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.
  5. Awardees will be notified in writing if they are awarded the Midwest Student Exchange Scholarship (MWSE).
    1. The December ACT/SAT, 2015 test scores are the last test scores to be used for MWSE Scholarship awarding.
    2. The seventh semester cumulative grade report is the alst cumulative GPA to be used for MWSE Scholarship awarding.
    3. Student must self-report any improved test scores or GPA by February 1, 2017 to be considered for the MWSE Scholarship.
  6. MWSE is a four-year renewable scholarship.
  7. Recipients must be non-resident freshman assessed non-resident tuition rates.
  8. Renewal criteria for scholarship recipients beginning summer/fall 2016 and beyond:
    1. Scholarship recipients must successfully complete a minimum of 30 KU hours each academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer), maintain at least a 3.25 cumulative KU GPA and continue to be assessed non-resident tuition rates.
  9. Renewal criteria for scholarship recipients who were admitted for summer/fall 2015:
    1. Scholarship  recipients must successfully complete a minimum of 30 KU hours each academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer), maintain at least a 3.25 cumulative KU GPA, make progress towards MWSE degree, and continue to be assessed non-resident tuition rates.
  10. Renewal criteria for recipients beginning summer/fall 2012 through summer/fall 2014:
    1. Maintain a cumulative KU GPA of at least 3.25.
    2. Complete 30 KU credit hours each academic year.
    3. 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.
    4. For summer/ 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; music (performance; musicology; theory & composition); Anthropology; French; Italian; German; history of art; philosphy; political science; public affairs & administration; sociology; and theatre.
    5. 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 or after summer/fall 2013, the MWSE scholarship will expire after four years of undergraduate study or upon earning and undergraduate degree; whichever occurs first. Scholarship review takes place each semester. Students must maintain a KU GPA of at least 3.25 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: 

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: 
Gail Sherron, Associate Director
Financial Aid and Scholarships
KU Visitor Center
1502 Iowa Street
Lawrence, KS 66045
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: 
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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