Out-of-State Scholarships

Out-of-State Scholarships

MSEP (Midwest Student Exchange Program)

IU South Bend has joined the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP).

The Midwest Student Exchange Program was established by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact to increase interstate educational opportunities for students in its member states.  The program enables legal residents of Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin who are admitted as nonresident students to enroll at IU South Bend at a reduced cost.

As of September 2019, MICHIGAN residents will continue to receive MSEP tuition discount for students already admitted under the program; who continue their program uninterrupted; and continue to meet the MSEP participation criteria.


Students from partnering states coming to IU South Bend will pay 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate. This is the in-state tuition rate plus 50% of the in-state rate.


You must be enrolling as a non-resident undergraduate or graduate student.  Only those seeking to complete a credential (degree, certificate, diploma) are eligible.  Non-degree students and students in fully online programs are ineligible.  No application is needed; the reduction will be automatically posted for eligible students.  Eligibility is based on the student's address at the time of admission.

International student eligibility:

If you reside in a participating state and have one of the following immigration statuses you may qualify:

A-1, A-2, A-3, E-1, E-2, E-3, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, H-1B, H-4, I, L-1, L-2, O-1, O-3, V-1, V-2, V-3, or pending 1-485 beneficiary.

Visit the MSEP website for more information or contact the Scholarships Office at scholar1@iusb.edu.

Chancellor's Merit Award

The Chancellor's Merit Award is intended to promote the enrollment of high ability students at IU South Bend and is available to degree-seeking undergraduate students who are not legal residents to the state of Indiana or are eligible non-citizens.  The scholarship provides students with the opportunity to receive a reduction in the out-of-state tuition rate.  Students in fully online programs are not eligible for Chancellor's Merit. A limited number of awards per year will be made to students who meet the criteria listed below.

To be eligible for this award, incoming freshman must meet the following:

  • Graduate from a U.S. high school or state recognized home school program with a college preparatory curriculum,

  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale,

  • An old SAT critical reading and math combined score of 950 or higher (20 or higher composite score on the ACT), or a new SAT score of 1030 (Evidence- based Reading and Writing + Math)

  • Be formally admitted without condition (students will not be reviewed until they have been granted full admission status).

Transfer Students:

To be eligible for this award, out-of-state fee-paying transfer students must meet the following:

  • Indiana House enacted HB 1402 and SB 590 prohibits students that are not U.S. Citizens or a qualified alien from receiving institutional scholarship funds.  Students that do not meet these criteria will not be eligible for the scholarship.

  • Transfer from a U.S. college with at least 26 transferable credit hours, and

  • Have earned a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA in previous collegiate coursework.

Note: Transfer students with fewer than 26 transferable credit hours are required to meet the high school record and test score requirements listed above.  Priority will be given to students pursuing their first bachelors' degree.


Recipients of the Chancellor's Merit Award will pay 140% of the in-state resident tuition rate.  Students who are legal residents of qualifying MSEP states (see above) will receive the MSEP award and a fixed Chancellor's Merit award which will reduce their cost to 140% of the in-state resident tuition rate.  Awards require continuous enrollment in fall and spring semesters, a minimum of half-time enrollment (6 credit hours) during the fall and spring semesters, and the successful completion of at least 18 credit hours during the award year (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Students in fully online programs are not eligible for the Chancellor’s Merit Award.


The Chancellor’s Merit Award is automatically renewable if students meet the following criteria:

  • Maintain a cumulative B average,

  • Maintain a minimum of half-time enrollment in each of the fall and spring semesters, and

  • Complete a minimum of 18 credit hours during the academic year (an academic year consists of Fall, Spring and the following Summer Sessions).

Exceptional Merit Award

The Exceptional Merit Award is available for exceptional students from participating MSEP states.  This award is available to graduating high school seniors admitted to an on-campus, degree-seeking program at IU South Bend by March 1st.  Students must have a 3.75 or above high school grade point average to qualify. To accept this award, recipients will need to complete the Office of Admission’s confirmation process no later than May 1st. 

To apply for these scholarships students need only to complete their application to attend IU South Bend. If students meet the requirements, they automatically receive the appropriate scholarship and will be notified.   


The scholarship recipient would be able to attend IU South Bend at the equivalent of the Indiana resident tuition rate of approximately $6,750 a year.


The award is automatically renewable for an additional 3 years when students enroll full-time each fall and spring, complete 30 credit hours each academic year and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. 

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Scholarships


Out-of State Remission Application

The Out-of-State Remission Application is for members of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.


  • Remain in good standing with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians; (permanency of tribal status needs to be confirmed with the tribe)
  • Submit a letter or email of eligibility from the tribe
  • Maintain continuous enrollment during the fall and springs semesters
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Reside in Allegan, Berrien, Van Buren and Cass Counties in Michigan


Employee Fee Assistance Program Scholarship

The Employee Fee Assistance Program Scholarship offers a discounted tuition rate for employees of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.


  • Be an admitted IU South Bend student with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA;
  • Be an employee of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians;
  • Provide a lettter or email confirming employment by the band annually; and
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters


Graduate Students

A limited number of awards are available. Please click here to review the specific criteria and download the application, which pertains to both of the following awards. Applications are due no later than the beginning of the term you are entering IU South Bend.

The Michiana Economic Development Merit Award

  • Available for tuition purposes to graduate students who are legal U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens but are non-residents of Indiana. This scholarship allows a limited number of qualified students to receive a scholarship of $300 per credit hour, with a maximum of 45 credit hours per student.

The Articulation Grant for Graduate Students

  • Available to students who are legal U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens and reside in Southwestern Michigan pursuing one of the following academic goals: a master’s degree in a graduate program offered by IU South Bend; a graduate certificate program; coursework (undergraduate or graduate) required for admission to or in conjunction with a graduate degree program; or a teacher certification program.  Award amounts vary depending on the program and the number of credits in which a student is enrolled. Students receive $178 per credit hour for undergraduate prerequisite courses, $200 per credit hour for graduate courses in the Master of Social Work program, $221 per credit hour for graduate courses in the School for Business and Economics, $265 per credit hour for graduate courses in Nursing, and $187 per credit hour for graduate courses in other schools or colleges.

Applications are due no later than the beginning of the term you are entering IU South Bend.

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