Western Michigan University is a participant of the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) for undergraduate students (freshmen and transfer students) majoring in the College of Aviation enrolling from these 8 states: Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Effecive Summer I 2017, there is not a unique tuition rate for MSEP students, due to a dramatic cut in out-of-state tuition for incoming nonresident undergraduates.
Tuition Costs Compared for College of Aviation
Based on 2016-17 Tuition Rates
For Example Purposes Only
Midwest Student Exchange Program
Per Credit Hour for Lower Level Undergraduate
$943.05 per credit hour
$12,964 flat rate
$576.63 per credit hour
($366.42 per credit hour savings)
$7,927.50 flat rate
($5,036.50 flat rate savings)
Per Credit Hour for Upper Level Undergraduate
$1,050.05 per credit hour
$14,436 flat rate
$637.28 per credit hour
($412.77 per credit hour savings)
$8,757.00 flat rate
($5,679 flat rate savings)
Flat Rate Tuition Only Per Academic Year
Lower Level Undergraduate
Upper Level Undergraduate
$25,928 per year
$28,872 per year
$15,855 per year
$17,514 per year
Over $42,000 in savings for 4 years unless a student is granted residency!
To be eligible for this MSEP rate, a student must be admitted to WMU, be a declared major in the College of Aviation, and be a resident of one of the 8 eligible states: Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, or Wisconsin.
Students minoring in Aviation Science are not eligible for the Midwest Student Exchange Program.
If a student changes to a major outside of the College of Aviation or declares a double major (with a major outside of Aviation), that student is no longer eligible to participate in or receive the tuition benefits of the Midwest Student Exchange Program.
Students will continue to receive the MSEP reduced tuition rate as long as they are eligible to continue enrollment at WMU, and have a declared major or multiple declared majors, only in the College of Aviation, and make satisfactory progress toward program completion, unless Michigan residency has been granted. Students' eligibility will be reviewed each semester. Participating students must be enrolled in aviation courses every fall and spring semester.
A student receiving the tuition benefits of MSEP is eligible until the bachelor’s degree is earned.
Students entering at WMU prior to Summer I 2017, who are participating in MSEP, are eligible to apply for and be granted Michigan residency through WMU’s residency process. When residency is granted, students pay the in-state rate and will no longer be a part of the Midwest Student Exchange Program. Students are eligible to apply for Michigan residency after their first full calendar year at WMU.
Any Western Michigan University undergraduate student who has been admitted as a degree seeking student and began enrollment effective with the Summer 1 2017 semester or later, will have their residency status determined at the time of admission and it will remain the same throughout the student’s enrollment at Western Michigan University.
For additional information about student services for non-residents, visit the out-of-state student page. Please note that students in the MSEP are not eligible for some scholarships. See below for details.
Students interested in double majoring in a program in the College of Aviation and another academic college at WMU are encouraged to apply for Michigan residency after the first year and then if approved, declare the second major. This ensures the student does not lose the benefits of MSEP by declaring a double major.
Impact on Financial Aid
In some cases, depending on timing, a student may receive a financial aid offer that does not reflect approved participation in MSEP because an aid package was processed before MSEP approval. WMU reserves the right to revise any financial aid offers that are impacted by MSEP.
Impact on Scholarships
Students participating in the Midwest Student Exchange Program are not eligible to receive the Presidential Gold, Presidential Gold Plus, Presidential Silver, Legacy Gold, Transfer Non-Resident Gold or Phi Theta Kappa Alumni Non-Resident Scholarships.
Students participating in the Midwest Student Exchange Program are eligible to compete in these scholarship competitions: Medallion, Foundation Scholars, Global Ambassador and Multicultural Leader. Students may also receive scholarships from other offices/departments at WMU.
MSEP Cost of Attendance Budget
For the estimated 2016-2017 cost of attendance budget for students participating in the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), visit the Cost of Attendance website.
Out of State Military
Western Michigan University will grant in-state tuition to all veterans and their dependents as well as provide numerous veterans’ support services. In order to take advantage of this program, applicants must indicate past military experience within the admissions application and submit verification of military status to be granted in-state tuition rates. More information can be found by visiting the Veteran’s Services website through the Registrar’s Office. If a veteran/dependent is granted in-state residency, then there is no eligibility for MSEP.
About a month after admission, eligible students will receive an MSEP Participation Form from the Office of Enrollment Management to complete and return to WMU. The due date for that form is 6 weeks before the start of the semester in which the student is enrolling for the first time at WMU.
For questions, contact:
Manager of Recruitment and Outreach
College of Aviation