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UWM is a good value and an even better investment because we're competitively priced and students qualify for special discount programs that bring your costs close to Wisconsin resident rates—and far below the price tags of private colleges.

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UWM & Milwaukee

7th most exciting city in AmericaMilwaukee is one of the best-kept secrets in the Midwest, a vibrant city of unique neighborhoods on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, just 90 minutes north of Chicago. We think there’s something especially exciting about UWM with all the opportunities of city life fueling your work and play. It’s easy to build an eye-catching resume through internships and networking opportunities with major employers based right in our backyard. And when your college-to-career path needs to take a detour for down time, there’s no place like our hometown.

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Life at UWM is a melting pot of ideas, cultures and perspectives. It’s thinking about what our 30,000 UWM students need to succeed 24/7. Student services from course tutors and academic advisers, to fitness and health resources – we’ve got your needs in mind. We’ve also got nightlife, weekend programming and those inbetween class times covered too. 5 residence hallsOur residence halls are more than a place to sleep and brush your teeth. They’re the hub of student life, a place where lifelong friendships are formed and memories are made. If your vision of a residence hall is door after door of tiny rooms sharing a single bathroom—standard at many other schools—be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. Our suite-style accommodations are set up more like apartments, where you’ll live with three to five other students.

Our distinctive programs will be key to your academic success: You’ll do more than pick a major. You’ll chart a path from freshman year to first-job offer, with our award-winning (and well-connected) faculty and staff as your guide.

The best way to experience UWM and all our hometown offers is to plan a visit, and we promise that it’s worth the trip. We offer student-led tours six days a week and other special visit programs throughout the year. Can’t make it in person? Look for UWM at national college fairs around the country, including in Minneapolis, Chicago, Indianapolis, New York City, St. Louis, Kansas City, Orlando and Jacksonsville.

Non-Resident Tuition

2013-2014 Non-Resident Estimated Annual Undergraduate Tuition by State

Minnesota Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota Other states
Reciprocity
Midwest Student Exchange Program
Milwaukee Advantage $500-$1,000
Tuition $12,429 $12,346 $9,529-$18,029*


*Other potential savings with the UWM Merit Award

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Financial Aid Discount Programs

Milwaukee Advantage

Out-of-state students are eligible to receive an additional $1,000 in tuition remission a year. Minnesota residents are eligible to receive $500 in tuition remission a year. This tuition remission is renewable.

UWM Merit Award

The UWM Merit Award is a special program for out-of-state students not participating in MSEP or MN Reciprocity Program discounts. UWM Merit Award Eligible students are incoming, full-time New Freshmen and Transfer Students entering in the fall. It is renewable for up to 3 years by maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA and full-time status.
Awards are offered based on student’s incoming academic criteria and financial need, minimum
qualifications include a 3.0 cumulative GPA and 25 ACT or 1680 SAT (CR+M+W) for New Freshmen and a 3.0 cumulative GPA for Transfer Students. Students must also complete a FAFSA to determine need.

No additional application required beyond university and FAFSA applications, students will automatically be awarded and notified. For more information, please contact us at schlrshp@uwm.edu or call 414-229-5687.

Midwest Student Exchange

Through programs such as the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), students coming to Wisconsin from eligible areas and meeting program criteria are able to attend UWM at prices they can afford.

The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) is a multi-state tuition reciprocity program that makes attending out-of-state colleges and universities more affordable for non-resident students. Through the MSEP, participating public institutions agree to charge students no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate for specific programs; private institutions offer a 10% reduction on their tuition rates.

In other words, if you are a legal resident of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota or Wisconsin and enroll at a participating institution in another MSEP state, you will receive a reduced tuition rate––giving you a wide range of education options for your education dollars. Eligible students

  • Must be admitted into a participating academic program as a new freshman or new undergraduate transfer student for the fall term, meeting all regular admission requirements for that program. At this time, all undergraduate programs are considered except the Academic Opportunity Center.
  • Must enroll as a fulltime student and remain enrolled fulltime in a participating academic program

Once admitted, in order to continue to be eligible for the MSEP rate the student must

  • Maintain residency in a participating MSEP state
  • Remain enrolled in a participating academic program
  • Enroll on a fulltime basis each semester and remain in good academic standing

How do I apply for the MSEP tuition discount? There is no formal MSEP application process. Students from participating states will automatically be eligible for the MSEP provided they meet the criteria as stated above and capacity has not yet been reached. Students will be notified via letter of their MSEP status, once they have been admitted to the University.

Learn more MSEP at the Midwestern Higher Education Compact

Minnesota Reciprocity

The Minnesota–Wisconsin Tuition Reciprocity agreement allows residents of Minnesota attending Wisconsin institutions receive a special rate. If you wish to take advantage of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Tuition Reciprocity Agreement, apply for certification as a Minnesota resident. Please note, Minnesota residents may not apply for the MSEP Program.

Apply for certification at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education

Contact an Advisor


Meet our recruiters: Kyle, Matt and Megan!

Kyle Swetzig
Illinois and all Midwest Student Exchange States (IN, KS, MI, MO, NE, ND)
Phone: 414-229-6899, E-mail: kswetzig@uwm.edu

Matt Halloran
Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Phone: 414-229-3854, E-mail: hallora5@uwm.edu

Megan Buhrandt
Western Wisconsin, Minnesota and all other non-Midwest Student Exchange Program states
Phone: 414-229-2222, E-mail: buhrand2@uwm.edu