Nonresident Student Reduced Tuition Programs

Students who are not residents of Wisconsin for tuition purposes may be eligible for tuition reduction programs at some UW campuses.

Return to Wisconsin

Return to Wisconsin is a program for students who are not residents of Wisconsin or Minnesota. Domestic and international students who meet eligibility requirements at participating UW campuses will receive a 25 percent waiver of nonresident tuition. To be eligible, a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian must have graduated from the institution where the student will enroll. Participating UW campuses are UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Whitewater. In addition to being admitted to the campus of choice, the student will be required to complete an additional form attesting to the relationship with an eligible alumnus. More information can be found on participating campus Web sites.

Midwest Student Exchange Program

Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) is the largest multistate tuition reciprocity program in the Midwest. The program allows students from a participating state to attend public colleges or universities in other participating states at a tuition of no more than 150 percent of resident tuition. In addition, some private colleges and universities participate by offering a 10 percent reduction of their tuition rate.

Wisconsin joined MSEP in 2005. UW campuses individually determine whether they will participate and identify factors for admission of students through the MSEP.

UW campuses currently participating are identified below.

MSEP Brochure

Tri-State Initiative

UW-Platteville's Tri-State Initiative (TSI) provides a discounted tuition rate for students from Illinois and Iowa. Eligible students save on out-of-state tuition, making UW-Platteville comparable to the resident cost of attendance in their home state. No separate application is necessary. All qualifying applicants will automatically be considered for TSI and notified with their admission decision. Students may participate in TSI for up to five years if enrolled as a full-time student, and in good standing with the university. For more details, visit the TSI website at

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