SOURCE: Midwestern Higher Education Compact

December 02, 2008 07:00 ET

Indiana Commission for Higher Education Approves Participation in Midwest Student Exchange

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - December 2, 2008) - At their November commission meeting, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education approved participation in the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC). The program enables residents of Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin and now Indiana (beginning fall 2009), to enroll in designated institutions and programs at reduced tuition levels.

"This is an excellent opportunity to draw more students to Indiana. We also recognize it is vital for the success of our Midwest students to have choices while also providing a savings to students and their families," said Stan Jones, commissioner of higher education.

Since 1994, students and families have saved over $96 million in tuition, thanks to the Midwest Student Exchange program. MSEP students pay no more than 150 percent of the institution's regular resident tuition plus any required fees at participating public institutions. At participating private institutions, MSEP students receive a 10 percent tuition reduction. Savings average $4430 annually per student but can vary by institution. In exchange, residents from the other participating MSEP states could pay reduced rates at participating schools.

At this point, four Indiana institutions or campuses are planning to participate in MSEP: Ball State University, Indiana State University, Ivy Tech Community College, and Purdue University North Central. Once the details relating to their participation have been finalized by the institutions and posted on the MHEC website, students may begin taking advantage of the program.

"The MSEP provides students with an opportunity to enroll in programs that are not available in their state or convenient for them," explained MHEC President Larry Isaak. "The program provides the states and campuses with an additional enrollment management tool to fill programs with excess capacity and increase campus diversity."

Under one of MHEC's core functions -- student access -- the MSEP is just one way MHEC is working towards providing more affordable opportunities for students to attend out-of-state institutions.

ABOUT MHEC

The Midwestern Higher Education Compact is an interstate compact agency that promotes cooperation and resource sharing in higher education. Since its formation in 1991, MHEC has been committed to cost-savings programs, student access and policy research and analysis. The Compact's member states include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. For more details contact the MHEC office at 612-626-8288 or view the website at www.mhec.org.

ABOUT the Indiana Commission for Higher Education

The Commission for Higher Education is the state's coordinating agency for higher education. For additional information, go to www.che.state.in.us.

Contact Information

  • For More Information Contact:
    Mary E. Feilmeyer
    Director of Communications & Marketing
    Midwestern Higher Education Compact
    Direct Phone: 612-626-0070
    Cell: 612-805-3396
    E-mail: Email Contact