The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is offering incoming students who are Illinois residents an out-of-state tuition rate that is significantly discounted for the 2022-23 academic year. The change comes after Illinois dropped out of the Midwest Student Exchange Program last month.
The Midwest Student Exchange Program is a a tuition reciprocity agreement that saved Illinois students nearly $44 million in tuition in 2019-20.
Illinois students who start at UWM during the 2022-23 academic year will pay 150% of the in-state resident rate. That’s equivalent to what they would have paid under the MSEP. This group of Illinois students also will remain eligible for the reduced tuition rate for the duration of their time at UWM.
UWM is currently the only UW institution with permission to make this change to published tuition rates.
“We are pleased with the UW Board of Regents support that ensures incoming Illinois residents can continue to enjoy a tuition rate equal to the MSEP rate,” UWM Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Kay Eilers said. “The goal was to make UW-Milwaukee an affordable option for a larger group of students.”
Current UWM students who are Illinois residents are grandfathered into their participation in the MSEP as long as they remain continuously enrolled. This includes freshmen and transfer students starting at UWM during the 2021-22 academic year, Eilers said.
UWM will use this year to further study options for Illinois students entering after the 2022-23 year.