New undergraduate and graduate students from seven states may qualify for dramatically reduced tuition at Ball State through the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP). This special opportunity provides significant savings from our regular out-of-state tuition rates for full-time, on-campus enrollment starting in Fall 2022. Save more than $50,000 over the course of four years from our regular tuition rate for out-of-state students.


MSEP reduces Ball State’s full-time, on-campus tuition and student services fee for qualified out-of-state residents to total no more than 150% of the full-time, in-state tuition and student services fee paid by Indiana residents. Online, distance, and off-campus tuition is not eligible for this program.

MSEP benefits apply only to tuition and the student services fee. Recipients remain responsible for all other Ball State fees, including the University technology, recreation center, health center, residence hall technology, overload, and course fees.

See our current tuition rates and fees.


Learn more about the MSEP eligibility requirements and provisions below.


MSEP is open to legal residents of the following states:

  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Wisconsin


MSEP is limited to full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students (enrolled for 12-18 hours per semester) and full-time, degree-seeking graduate students (enrolled for 9 hours per semester). Recipients must be enrolled in on-campus classes.

Eligibility is available to applicants who are enrolling at Ball State for the first time beginning in Fall 2022. Current or previously enrolled students are not eligible.

Academic Performance

To qualify for MSEP, new first-time undergraduate students must have a cumulative weighted high school GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Transfer students must have a cumulative collegiate GPA of 3.0 or higher and 15 transferable credit hours. Graduate applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for their highest earned degree.

Other Awards

Students who receive any type of in-state tuition benefits or the following Ball State financial awards are not eligible for MSEP:

  • Presidential Scholarship
  • Ball State Scholars Award
  • Academic Distinction Scholarship
  • Transfer Academic Distinction Scholarship
  • Graduate Assistantship


Students who are admitted to Ball State under MSEP will continue to receive the tuition benefits as long as they maintain continuous enrollment (or have an approved leave of absence) and satisfactory academic progress, regardless of the subsequent status of the participation agreement or the University’s participation in MSEP.


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