Student Exchange and Reciprocity Programs

Student exchange/reciprocity programs allow students to take advantage of academic programs, which may not be available in their home states. These programs typically lower the amount of tuition that out-of-state students pay to attend public colleges or universities in participating states.

Minnesota-North Dakota Tuition Reciprocity Program

Under the Minnesota-North Dakota Tuition Reciprocity Program, if space is available and the program of study is approved under the reciprocity agreement, a Minnesota resident may attend a North Dakota public institution and pay the established reciprocity fee. Similarly, any North Dakota resident may attend a Minnesota public institution and pay the established reciprocity fee.


Students may apply to the North Dakota/Minnesota Tuition Reciprocity Program online or download the reciprocity application form below. If you have questions about Minnesota-North Dakota application forms, contact the North Dakota University System Reciprocity Processor or 701-328-2964.


NDUS Application for Resident Student Status

North Dakota/Minnesota Tuition Reciprocity online application *Online application submissions are preferred.*

2019-2020 ND/MN Reciprocity Application (Fall 2019, Spring/Summer 2020)

Midwest Student Exchange Program

Students from participating MHEC states pay no more than 150 percent of in-state resident tuition to attend participating colleges and universities in select Midwestern states.

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Exchange Program

WICHE’s exchange programs lower tuition costs for out-of-state students at participating colleges and universities in select western states and territories.


  • Western Undergraduate Exchange – Undergraduate students from WICHE states can request a reduced tuition rate of 150 percent of the resident tuition at participating campuses.


  • Western Regional Graduate Exchange – Graduate students from WICHE states are eligible to enroll in available programs at participating institutions at resident tuition rates. Students need not demonstrate financial need.

Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP)

North Dakota’s WICHE, University of Minnesota, Kansas State and Iowa State

Professional Student Exchange Programs (PSEP)

Academic Year 2020/21 application cycle priority application date – October 15, 2019


The State of North Dakota participates in the Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) in three professional areas of study, including optometry, dentistry and veterinary medicine. The PSEP program provides the opportunity for *ND resident students to attend out-of-state programs in these professional areas since they are not available in North Dakota. Programs supported by North Dakota PSEP include:

  • WICHE – Optometry, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Minnesota – Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine
  • Kansas State – Veterinary Medicine
  • Iowa State – Veterinary Medicine


When to apply:

DO NOT WAIT TO APPLY! Completed applications received in the North Dakota University System (NDUS) on or prior to October 15th of year preceding enrollment in the professional program will be given priority consideration. Applications received after October 15th will be given alternate consideration. New funding priority is given to new freshmen applicants. Continuing students who are not funded under PSEP may apply again in subsequent years for consideration but will be considered as an alternate candidate. Alternate-certified applicants receive secondary funding consideration following certified applicants. Certification does not guarantee admission to any professional school nor does it guarantee funding from the State of North Dakota under this program.


Completed applications include:

  1. Application for Certification
  2. List of eligible colleges that the applicant is applying to
  3. Application for Resident Student Status
  4. Consent & Waiver Form
  5. Acknowledgement Form (veterinary medicine applicants only)
  6. Acknowledgement of Service Payback requirement (all applicants for programs beginning after 6/30/2020).



All application materials are available HERE.

The application is to be used to apply for programs through WICHE, the University Minnesota, Kansas State or Iowa State.

Complete and mail all documents to the NDUS for consideration.


The Process:

  1. ND resident students must complete the PSEP Application for Certification, list of eligible colleges, Resident Student Status application, Consent & Waiver, Acknowledgement Form (vet med only), and Acknowledgement of Service Payback requirements.
  2. Completed PSEP applications are reviewed by the NDUS to determine if the applicant qualifies for certification. If the North Dakota resident applicant qualifies, the applicant will be “certified” or “alternate-certified” as eligible for consideration of PSEP support. Certification is not a guarantee of acceptance.The NDUS determines annually the number of new applicants funded under each program based on appropriations. All applicants will be notified by mail of their status and acceptance.
  3. Applicants must apply and interview directly with the eligible institutions for dentistry, optometry or veterinary medicine that they would like to attend.
  4. Applicants should notify the NDUS of enrollment offers. Applicants should decline offers of admission at schools at which they do not intend to enroll. Admission to an institution does not guarantee funding under PSEP.
  5. Applicants are notified whether or not they were selected for PSEP funding in the spring preceding enrollment in the professional program. Depending on program decision deadlines, students may have to commit to a program before they know whether or not they will receive PSEP support.
  6. Applicants who are selected for funding under PSEP will be mailed a Statement of Intention & Commitment, which must be completed and returned to the NDUS to secure their award. Additionally, beginning in 2020, applicants will have to sign an agreement to provide service back to ND as a condition of the PSEP award.  Students must attend the designated school to qualify for payment. Once accepted into the PSEP program as a funded recipient, annual applications are not required, however, recipients are expected to keep their contact information updated with the NDUS.
  7. Recipients must notify the NDUS of any address, phone or email changes while participating in the PSEP program.
  8. Graduating recipients must notify the NDUS of post-graduation employment and licensing information for program tracking purposes.


Service Payback Requirements: 

Individuals initially entering a professional student exchange program in veterinary medicine, dentistry, or optometry after June 30, 2020 are subject to service payback requirements and will be required to sign an agreement prior to payment being made to an out-of-state institution on their behalf. A service payback means that the recipient is obligated to return to the state to work as a condition of receiving the award.  Recipients who fail to meet the terms of the service payback will be required to repay the funds received.

The agreement will include, at a minimum, the following requirements.

  1. Payment may not be made to an out-of-state institution on behalf of an individual participating in a professional student exchange program in veterinary medicine, dentistry, or optometry unless that individual signed a legally binding agreement that identifies the amount of the award under the professional student exchange program.
  2. If the individual who signed the agreement is not practicing veterinary medicine, dentistry, or optometry in this state within thirty-six months following graduation the individual must repay the amount of the agreement in full at that time. If the individual withdraws from the program of study prior to graduation, the amount of the agreement must be repaid in full at the time.
  3. If the individual who signed the agreement practices veterinary medicine, dentistry, or optometry in this state within thirty-six months following graduation, the balance of the agreement will be reduced by one-third, for each full year the individual continues practicing in the state. If the individual stops practicing in this state before the amount of the agreement is waived in its entirety, the individual shall repay the remaining portion of the agreement in full, from the date the individual stopped practicing in the state.
  4. The repayment terms of the agreement may be deferred for an individual who is pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral studies or is called to active duty as a member of the armed forces.


Award amount:

  • The award amount is equal to the support fee designated for each program by WICHE.
  • For the University of Minnesota, Iowa State and Kansas State programs, award amounts are based on pre-determined formulas.
  • Awards are renewable up to four years, provided legislative funding continues. Recipients are responsible for all tuition and fees not covered by the PSEP support payment.


Academic Progress/Loss of Funding:

  • Recipients have obligations for receiving a PSEP award. Awards are based on the assumption that recipients are committed to remain in the professional program from the time of entrance until completion. Continual enrollment in the program of study is required. Any interruption of study could jeopardize support received from the state.
  • Students who do not meet the academic standards of the institution they enroll in will no longer receive support from the state. Funding will not be provided for repeat course work.
  • Recipients are not permitted to defer the award should they decide to delay enrollment.
  • Recipients who receive 100% tuition reimbursement from other sources will not be eligible for the PSEP support payment. Additionally, if residency is obtained in another state, support from North Dakota will be suspended.
  • Funding for the Professional Student Exchange Program is contingent upon ND Legislative appropriation.


More information:

More information on the PSEP program, including helpful frequently asked questions, the ranking process and more, can be found on the WICHE website.

For questions specifically on the North Dakota PSEP program, contact the North Dakota University System (NDUS) at 701-328-2906 or at