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Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP)

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WICHE, University of Minnesota, Kansas State and Iowa State
Professional Student Exchange Programs (PSEP)

Academic Year 2019/20 application cycle priority application date - October 15, 2018

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 (i.e. October 15, 2018 for enrollment in Fall 2019). 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 all 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 (specific criteria must be met for PSEP)
  4. Consent & Waiver Form
  5. Acknowledgement Form (veterinary medicine applicants only)

How to Apply:
All application materials can be downloaded 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, and Acknowledgement Form (vet med only).

    *For purposes of PSEP, North Dakota resident applicants must have graduated from a high school in this state; graduated from a high school in a bordering state, pursuant to N.D.C.C. chapter 15.1-29; graduated from a nonpublic high school in a bordering state while residing with a custodial parent in this state; completed a program of home education supervised in accordance with N.D.C.C. chapter 15.1-23; or received a general educational development high school diploma from the North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction.

  2. Completed PSEP applications are reviewed by the NDUS to determine if the applicant qualifies as a North Dakota resident for purposes of the PSEP program. If the applicant qualifies as a ND resident for purposes of this award, 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 submit offers of admission received from institutions to the NDUS as they are obtained. Applicants should decline offers of admission at schools not intending to enroll at. 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, you may have to commit to a program before you know whether or not you 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. 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 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 should notify the NDUS of post-graduation employment and licensing information for program tracking purposes.

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 enrollment should they decide to delay admission.

  • 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.

  • The Professional Student Exchange Program funding is contingent upon the ND Legislature appropriating funding.

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 at

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

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