CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland State University and the University of Akron hope to entice more out-of-state students to enroll by participating in the Midwest Student Exchange Program.
Colleges in the program must charge no more than 150 percent of what in-state students pay for tuition and fees. The tuition and fees that CSU and UA charge for out-of-state students are within the threshold.
Nearly 90 public and private colleges in the participating states – Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin – will accept Ohio residents.
Actual savings through the program will vary, but participating students will typically realize annual savings between $500 and $5,000, according to the program.
CSU’s annual tuition and fees are $13,934 for out-of-state students compared to $9,882 for in-state students. UA reduced the cost of tuition for out-of-state students from approximately $19,500 to $15,500 last fall. In-state students pay $11,186.
Colleges may offer a reduced tuition to those in the Midwest program, but CSU’s and UA’s out-of-state tuition and fees are the same for all out-of-state students.
Both colleges primarily draw students from Northeast Ohio and no more than 10 percent are from out of state.
The program is part of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, a nonprofit regional organization that assist states through interstate cooperation and resource sharing. Each state pays $115,000 a year to participate. There is no fee for colleges to participate in the program.
The Ohio Department of Higher Education last May approved participating in the exchange program. The University of Rio Grande and Shawnee State University are currently the only other Ohio colleges in the exchange program.
“The MSEP provides students with an opportunity to enroll in programs that are not available in their state or convenient for them,” compact President Larry Isaak said in a release.