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National Student Exchange:

Costs and Financial Aid


Application Fee:
A non-refundable $225 administrative fee is charged to all NSE applicants. Your U of M student account will automatically be billed the $225 administrative fee when you submit your application. This fee is used to support the operation of the NSE program, including services provided to you both before and during your exchange. Remember that this application fee is NON-REFUNDABLE, so be sure you're serious about NSE when you apply.

Tuition and Fees:
There are two tuition plans available through NSE:
  • Plan A:
    U of M students pay in-state (resident) tuition and fees at their host NSE campus. Students placed on Plan A are not billed tuition by the U of M and are exempt from paying most student services and university fees to the U of M. Plan A tuition rates for each NSE school are listed in the NSE directory, or on this NSE page.

  • Plan B:
    U of M students pay their normal tuition and fees to the U of M. Minnesota residents pay full-time resident-rate tuition and fees, and reciprocity students pay full-time reciprocity-rate tuition and fees. (If you currently pay out-of-state tuition, talk with an NSE advisor.)
PLAN B IS THE DEFAULT PLAN: It is U of M policy to first attempt to place all students under Plan B. On the application, students may also indicate if they are willing to be placed under Plan A. A school may consider the applicant under Plan A only if they cannot accept the student under Plan B.

Other Fees/Expenses:
Housing and meals are always paid to the host campus. (If you live off-campus, you are also responsible for those costs). Also paid to the host campus, regardless of the tuition payment plan, are fees that are assessed as a condition of enrollment (e.g., application, laboratory, general service, computer, technology, art and photography supplies, etc.). You will also be responsible for the costs you incur for transportation, personal expenses, and sightseeing opportunities.


What about financial aid?

This information is intended for a general audience and does not apply to every U of M student. We strongly encourage you to meet with a financial aid representative to learn more about your specific financial aid situation. Contact Cathy Schuster (heuer001@umn.eduto schedule an appointment with a financial aid representative. 

Students who participate in National Student Exchange are eligible for most forms of financial aid.

  • Students on Plan A (tuition and fees paid to the host institution) receive financial aid funding from the U of M, so complete the FAFSA as you normally do.  Plan A students are not eligible for College Work Study or tuition waivers, such as the National Scholarship. And scholarships that require you to be on our campus may not be awarded either...check with the office/department that awards your scholarship to determine if it will be available to you.  You are encouraged to set up DIRECT DEPOSIT so upon disbursement your U of M financial aid will go into your personal bank account.  

  • Students on Plan B apply for and receive their funding from the U of M (including most scholarships and grants), so complete the FAFSA as you normally do. Financial aid is not available through the host institution for students on Plan B. If you're a Plan B student, NCAA scholarships and College Work Study funding cannot be applied to the National Student Exchange.  And scholarships that require you to be on our campus may not be awarded either...check with the office/department that awards your scholarship to determine if it will be available to you.