Tuition Reciprocity Agreements Explained - In-State Angels (2023)

Tuition Reciprocity Agreements Explained - In-State Angels (1)Tuition reciprocity agreements allow a qualified resident from one state to attend certain colleges in nearby states for a greatly reduced tuition rate. Although not withoutsevere limitations and eligibility restrictions, thousands of people benefit each year from such reciprocity agreements.This article will focus on the regional reciprocity agreements among Western US states, Southern states, Midwestern states, and Northeastern states—these big four agreements account for the vast majority of reciprocity benefactors. There are other more unique reciprocity agreements betweenstates and colleges which far fewer people benefit from but which arenevertheless worth addressing in the interest of beingthorough.

There are four major regional tuition reciprocity agreements all out-of-state hopefuls need to know about.


Regional Student Program (RSP) under the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE)

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

The New England RSP allows New England residents to attend participating out-of-state New England public universities at a reduced rate of tuition. New England’s Board of Higher Education states an average tuition break of $7,000 annually being received by a full-time RSP student.

Important to know is that there are certain requirements needed in order to reap benefits of the New England RSP Tuition Break. Most important is that the student must enroll in a major that is not only approved by the RSP, but is an approved major that is not available to the student at the public universities and colleges in their own home-state. There are also instances where proximity is a determining factor in that certain schools will allow qualification tothe RSP Tuition Break if the out-of-state college is geographically closer to the student than the student’s in-state college.

Even if a student has decided on a major that is only offered at a participating out-of-state New England school, they still must make sure the program is offered under the RSP. For example, programs that are in high-demand may not be offered under the Regional Student Program.

Keep in mind that students can and often do change their majors; when it comes to the New England RSP, if the student starts off with an approved RSP major and then changes to a major that is not RSP-approved, then the student is charged the full out-of-state tuition rate from then on.

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Click here for more information about the NEBHE’s Tuition Break program, the New England Regional Student Program (RSP):


Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) under the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)

Western Undergraduate Exchange, commonly known as WUE, allows a limited number of qualified students from certain states to pay 150% of in-state tuition in other member states; however, there are several important caveats.

  • Many popular universities opt-out and do not participate
  • Most participating colleges limit the total number of recipients
  • Many participating colleges limit the award to exclusive majors
  • You are not automatically awarded the better rate so you must apply for the award at each university
  • You must remain a resident of your original home state

The total savings varies greatly. WICHE lists that in 2014-15 the average savings for a Nevada resident who attended out-of-state under WUE saved an annual average of $7,661…whereas North Dakota residents attending out-of-state under WUE saved an annual average of $3,631.

Click here for more information about the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE):


Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) under the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)

Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin

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The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) is a tuition reduction program of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. Iowa, South Dakota, and Ohio are outliers in that they are part of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact but have chosen tonot partake in the Midwest Student Exchange Program.

The MSEP allows for attendance at public institutions by residents of the participating states while providing a rate of tuition that is no more than 150% of the tuition rate paid by in-state residents. For private institutions there is a 10% reduction on the tuition rate.

Tuition reciprocity programs can definitely be beneficial; however, many people think it is easy to do and that everyone who applies will be granted the reduced tuition rate—-that is not the case.

Even if you are from one of the nine participatingMSEP states and plan to attend college in another MSEP state you are not always guaranteed reciprocity. One thing to know is that there are specific programs of study that you must be taking in order to even qualify for the reduced tuition rate. Not only that, but each participating university has the right to establish their own particular requirements for MSEP admissions (how high is your ACT and/or SAT score?), and each school has the right to limit their involvement with MSEP.

Savings are not the same across the board and the amount saved depends on the college and cost of tuition; generally, MSEP lists the average savings for students at about $500 to $5,000 per year.

Application requirements are different with each school, so a student must make sure to fully understand what their specific school’s requirements are.

It is also important to note that initial approval of an MSEP application does not always mean it’s a “one-and-done” deal; many times a school will require the student to reapply each year. So just because you receive it for one year does not mean you will receive it for all years.

Lastly, you must enroll as a non-resident student and maintain residency in your home state in order to reap MSEP benefits.

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Click here for more information about the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP):


Academic Common Market (ACM) under the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

Texas, Florida and North Carolina only participate through their graduate programs (that means residents coming from or going to these states will not benefit as undergrads!)

The primary purpose of the Academic Common Market (ACM) is to provide tuition savings (administered by the SREB) in the form of in-state tuition rates at out-of-state public institutions. This reciprocity can be a great option, BUT there are definitely requirements that need be made and you must ensure to meet all qualifications.

For example, the most important factor (in paying in-state tuition while out-of-state) via this route is that the degree the student is looking to obtain must NOT be offered by the student’s in-state institution’s. So more or less this is only able to happen if the student wants to get a particular degree but no other college in their state offers the program for it; thus, it is required that the student attend an out-of-state school for that particular degree. The program also requires the student to remain a resident of their home state.

Each state and institution is able to apply additional acceptance requirements, as well as choose to limit or withdraw participation from the program.

Click here for more information about the Academic Common Market (ACM):

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Non-Participating States

Florida (ACM grad school only), Iowa, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina (ACM grad school only), Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas (ACM grad school only)

These states refrain from participating in any regional tuition reciprocity exchange program.

Washington DC

There is a special reciprocity-esque arrangement forresidents of the District of Columbia known as the DC Tuition Assistance Grant. Instead of leaving residents of DC hanging (who are US citizens but residents of no official state), DC residents are offered up to $10,000/year toward the cost of anypublic university outside of DC. Alternatively, $2,500/year is offered to study at certain district colleges, historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s) nationwide, and 2-year colleges nationwide. This grant has eligibility requirements and isawarded on a first come first served basis. Make sure to apply on time or you’re out of luck and keep in mind that funds are subject to availability and qualification.


In addition to regional reciprocity agreements, there’s an extensive, complicated, and ever-changing web of state and university reciprocity relationships. Primarily, these tend to be betweenbordering states/counties, e.g. if you live in northern Florida then you can attend some Southern Georgia universities for a reduced tuition rate. Another example, Minnesota residents can go to certain colleges in bordering states and even some colleges in Canada for reciprocity tuition rates.

These relationships are sometimes long-standing or other times have set expiration dates. Since these relationships are many times unique to a state or university, it’s extremely difficult to keep track of, let alone summarize, the many varied reciprocity relationships. The best way to find up-to-date info is to think more from a perspective of which state or university you want to go to and then work backwards so search google for “reciprocity agreement [insert your college name here]“. Instead of thinking “OK, I live in Washington, where could I go to get some kind of reciprocity?”—it’s better to think “OK, I want to go to these 5 schools…I’m going to research reciprocity on these 5 schools and see if I’m eligible for anything and whether my Washington residency is relevant in any way.”

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What does reciprocity mean for tuition? ›

Tuition Reciprocity

In a tuition reciprocity program, neighboring states agree to allow out-of-state residents to attend college in the neighbor state. But instead of charging out of state tuition, students pay in-state student tuition.

Which states have tuition reciprocity with South Carolina? ›

Qualifying students from 13 southern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia) can apply for in-state tuition at participating out-of-state colleges through the Southern Regional Education Board's Academic ...

What states have tuition reciprocity with Arizona? ›

Approximately 160 colleges participate in WUE. Which states participate? Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Does California have tuition reciprocity with any other states? ›

Through WUE, many schools in California have tuition reciprocity programs with other states. There are 16 participating Western states and territories in WUE, including California, Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

What are the rules of reciprocity? ›

What is the Law of Reciprocity? The Law of Reciprocity simply explained is that when someone does something for you, you feel obligated to reciprocate or do something in return for them.

What does reciprocity agreement mean? ›

For states with reciprocity agreements, workers only pay taxes in the state where they live, not the state where they perform the work. As an example, a person who lives in Arizona but works in California would not have to pay state taxes in California, because the two states have a tax reciprocity agreement.

How do you get around paying out of state tuition? ›

Here are five things you can do to reduce your out-of-state tuition costs:
  1. Apply for a tuition reciprocity agreement.
  2. Look into state residency details.
  3. Ask about institutional scholarships and tuition waivers.
  4. Apply for external scholarships.
  5. Use federal student aid.
23 Mar 2022

How long do you have to be a resident in SC to get in state tuition? ›

Laws and regulations governing the residency requirements for tuition and fee purposes for the State of South Carolina are maintained by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. For tuition and fee purposes, you must live in South Carolina for 12 months prior to a semester beginning.

How can I get free tuition in Arizona? ›

Be an Arizona resident. Graduate from an Arizona high school with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1 of senior year of high school. Qualify for the maximum federal Pell Grant; timely complete the FAFSA application each year for renewal.

Can Arizona residents go to college for free? ›

The Arizona Promise Program makes college accessible for students who live in low-income communities. Qualifying students will receive free tuition and fees for up to four years with this new scholarship. How to qualify for the Arizona Promise Program? Reside in Arizona.

Can you negotiate tuition? ›

Is College Tuition Negotiable? While it's not widely advertised by schools, the short answer is yes, it's possible to work with a college or university to get a better deal on tuition, fees, and other costs of attendance. This is something you may be able to do whether enrolling in a public or private university.

How do I prove I have in state tuition in California? ›

California driver's license or a California ID Card. Voter registration card or affidavit from Registrar of Voters. California-based bank accounts or CA branches based in other states. California car registration and car insurance card.

How do I waive out of state tuition in California? ›

AB 540 and California Dream Act

Under California law AB 540, certain nonresident students are exempt from paying nonresident supplemental tuition. To be eligible for this exemption a student must meet a combination of California time and enrollment requirements as well as degree or unit attainment.

What state has reciprocity with California? ›

California does not offer reciprocity with any other state.

What are the 3 types of reciprocity? ›

In Stone Age Economics (1972), anthropologist Marshall Sahlins identified three modes of reciprocity: Generalized Reciprocity. Balanced Reciprocity. Negative Reciprocity.

What is an example of reciprocity? ›

More examples of reciprocity include: A salesperson giving a freebie to a potential customer, hoping that it will lead them to return the favor by purchasing something. A leader offering attention and mentorship to followers in exchange for loyalty2.

What is reciprocity clause example? ›

For example, reciprocity has been used in the reduction of tariffs, the grant of copyrights to foreign authors, the mutual recognition and enforcement of judgments, and the relaxation of travel restrictions and visa requirements. The principle of reciprocity also governs agreements on extradition.

Which states have a reciprocity agreement? ›

States With Reciprocal Agreements
StateReciprocal Agreement States
MontanaNorth Dakota
New JerseyPennsylvania
North DakotaMinnesota, Montana
OhioIndiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
13 more rows
27 Oct 2022

What is a reciprocity exception? ›

Exemption from reciprocity means that a person is to be granted rights which ordinarily are accorded on the basis of reciprocity, without requiring reciprocity. The justification for applying the exemption from reciprocity to stateless persons lies in the fact that they do not enjoy the protection of a foreign country.

What does reciprocity mean in government? ›

Reciprocity, as it applies in background investigations, is the practice of accepting background investigations, suitability decisions and security decisions conducted by other authorized agencies.

What happens if you don't pay off your tuition? ›

An unpaid tuition bill can also end up in collections. Your school may have its own collection department or it may sell unpaid tuition debt to a collection agency. If collections aren't resolved and the amount owed paid, your school may choose to take legal action.

What clause allows out of state tuition? ›

In Section IV, this Note discusses the Privileges and Immunities Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to see how these protections apply to the states and, more specifically, how out-of-state tuition prices infringe upon the right to travel as protected under this clause.

Will I lose in state tuition if my parents move? ›

Dependency: If parents claim the student as a dependent on their taxes, the student is considered a resident of the state in which the parents hold residency. If the parents move to a different state, the student's residency may not change.

Is there reciprocity between NC and SC? ›

What if You're Moving to South Carolina? If you're moving to South Carolina, the state offers full reciprocity for those who hold a current North Carolina, Georgia, or West Virginia license.

Is there a reciprocal agreement between NC and SC? ›

There are no reciprocal agreements between North Carolina and South Carolina that provide for the honoring of the other state's fishing licenses on any boundary waters.

Does South Carolina offer reciprocity with Georgia? ›

Real estate agents moving to South Carolina from Georgia have a special application to fill out. That's because South Carolina has a specific reciprocity agreement with the state.

How long do you have to live in South Carolina to get free tuition? ›

You qualify for free tuition if:

You have been a South Carolina resident for at least 12 months.

What counts as proof of residency in SC? ›

i) Home mortgage monthly statement or deed. j) Insurance documentation from a company licensed to do business in SC: - Automobile or life insurance bill or payment receipt (cards or policies are not accepted). - Health insurance statement, payment receipt, explanation of benefits (cards or policies are not accepted).

How do I prove residency in SC? ›

Indication of “intent to become a resident” may include:
  1. Statement of full-time employment.
  2. Designating SC Residence on one's military record.
  3. Obtaining one's SC driver's license.
  4. Registering all vehicles in SC.
  5. Maintaining domicile in SC.
  6. Paying and filing SC income taxes.
  7. Owning a principle residence in SC.

What state do Native Americans go to college for free? ›

Several states, including Montana and Michigan, offer free tuition for Native students attending public colleges in the state. These programs have been in effect since the 1970s.

How long do you have to live in Arizona to qualify for in state tuition? ›

To be eligible for classification as an Arizona resident for tuition purposes, a person must be able to prove continuous physical presence in Arizona for at least 12 months immediately preceding the semester of application.

Does the AZ Promise program cover full tuition? ›

After all other gift aid (Pell Grant, merit scholarships, etc.) has been applied, AZP will cover remaining tuition, mandatory fees, tuition differentials and program fees.

Does Arizona have reciprocity for college tuition? ›

Some states have tuition reciprocity agreements with adjacent states. For example, New Mexico has tuition reciprocity with Colorado and Arizona and Minnesota has a tuition reciprocity agreement with North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Do you meet the qualifications for resident tuition in the state of Arizona? ›

Being in Arizona for 1 year does not necessarily make you a resident for tuition purposes. You will need to meet all of the requirements: one year showing physical presence, intent beyond the circumstance of being a student, and evidence of one year of financial independence, unless you meet one of the exceptions.

Can you go to a school outside of your district in Arizona? ›

Arizona state law allows students to apply for admission to any public school, based on available classroom space (A.R.S. § 15-816.01).

What happens if my student loan is more than my tuition? ›

If you borrowed more than what you need, you can return the leftover student loan money to the lender to reduce the amount you owe. The college financial aid office can help you do this. You also have the option of keeping the leftover student loan money.

What are 3 ways to lower your college tuition? ›

How to Reduce College Costs
  • Improve Your Chances of an Affordable College Cost. Apply to generous schools. ...
  • Get the Best Financial Aid. Improve your financial aid eligibility. ...
  • Reduce Your College Bill. Get college credit on the cheap. ...
  • Use College Expenses to Reduce Taxes. Take college tax breaks.

How can I avoid paying full price for college? ›

39 Ways You Can Cut The Cost Of College
  1. Set a realistic baseline for your college choice, then shoot for the moon.
  2. Consider community college.
  3. Live off-campus after your first year.
  4. Embrace minimalism.
  5. See if you can pay for your dorm monthly.
  6. Build your own loft bed.
  7. Cook your own food.
  8. Hack your meal plan.
16 Nov 2021

How do you qualify for free tuition in California? ›

California residents or nonresidents under the California Dream Act may be eligible for the California College Promise Grant if they:
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Complete a FAFSA or California Dream Act application.
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.
  • Remain a California community college student.

How do you provide proof of being a student? ›

Any of the following qualifies as proof of your status as a student:
  1. Photocopy of your dated student ID (with current date)
  2. Photocopy of your class registration.
  3. Photocopy of your class schedule.
  4. Photocopy of your school bill.

How do I prove I am in full time education? ›

an enrollment letter/email. a letter or email from your college or university to confirm you are a full-time student.
If you only have one of the items above, you'll also need to upload a copy of one of the following:
  1. your passport.
  2. your driving licence.
  3. a bank or credit card in your name.

How do you get around paying out-of-state tuition? ›

Here are five things you can do to reduce your out-of-state tuition costs:
  1. Apply for a tuition reciprocity agreement.
  2. Look into state residency details.
  3. Ask about institutional scholarships and tuition waivers.
  4. Apply for external scholarships.
  5. Use federal student aid.
23 Mar 2022

Why is out-of-state tuition a thing? ›

Schools' reasoning for charging higher out-of-state tuition is because non-resident students' come from families who haven't paid tax dollars to the state, and thus to the school. Out-of-state tuition brings in more revenue to the school, which can be used for a variety of purposes.

How do you get a tuition waiver? ›

Tuition waivers are typically granted to students with financial hardship, or those with specific backgrounds — such as veterans, foster children or nontraditional students. Many colleges also require you to maintain good academic standing to continue receiving the tuition waiver.

What state has the best reciprocity? ›

Tier 1: Tennessee Wins Again With Reciprocity. Research has revealed that Tennessee has the hands-down best concealed carry program in the country in terms of reciprocity for both residents and non-residents.

How do I file a reciprocity with California? ›

To qualify for endorsement (reciprocity) into California as an RN, you must hold a current and active RN license in another state, U.S. territory, or Canada, have completed an educational program meeting all California requirements, and have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®) or the State ...

What does reciprocity for teaching license mean? ›

SHARE THIS RESOURCE ON. Teacher license reciprocity allows candidates who hold an out-of-state license to earn a license in a receiving state, subject to meeting state-specific requirements.

What is a reciprocal student? ›

Reciprocal programs offer the opportunity for students to attend programs at institutions in other states for a reduced cost over the out-of-state tuition rate. Many of these agreements are program- or institution-specific, so careful examination of program agreements is recommended.

What is reciprocity of teacher certification? ›

Teacher Certification Reciprocity, or Teaching Credential Reciprocity, is an agreement between states that allows individual states to recognize each other's different teaching credentials. And it outlines requirements and which types of educator certificates and which style of certificates other states will accept.

What is child reciprocity? ›

What is Reciprocity? Reciprocity is a process of communication between a baby and a parent. The baby sends out signals about his or her needs, using facial and vocal expressions, and waits for a response. The parent reads and responds to the baby's signal's, which serves as a return signal for the baby to read.

What state is best for teachers? ›

On average, teachers make $2,150 less per year than they did 10 years ago when adjusted for inflation, according to WalletHub's 2022's Best & Worst States for Teachers report.
The states where its best to be a teacher:
  • New York.
  • Utah.
  • Virginia.
  • Florida.
  • Washington.
  • New Jersey.
  • Pennsylvania.
  • Massachusetts.
19 Sept 2022

What does a letter of reciprocity mean? ›

A Letter of Reciprocity is an official document that can be provided for any student who has completed all of their lower-division general education requirements, and will include completion of university requirements (American History and Institutions and Entry Level Writing Requirement) if satisfied.

How do I apply for reciprocal teaching? ›

Reciprocal teaching refers to an instructional activity in which students become the teacher in small group reading sessions. Teachers model, then help students learn to guide group discussions using four strategies: summarizing, question generating, clarifying, and predicting.

What is the disadvantage of reciprocal teaching? ›

Another drawback to reciprocal teaching is that although students make impressive gains in their reading comprehension abilities, the process is not as effective for students with decoding difficulties (Hashey, et al, 2003).

What is an example of a reciprocal? ›

In Maths, reciprocal is simply defined as the inverse of a value or a number. If n is a real number, then its reciprocal will be 1/n. It means that we have to convert the number to the upside-down form. For example, the reciprocal of 9 is 1 divided by 9, i.e. 1/9.

What are the 4 components of reciprocal teaching? ›

As noted previously, reciprocal teaching engages students in reading and has been shown to increase comprehension through four basic components: predicting, clarifying, questioning, and summarizing.

Can an incumbent teacher continue to teach even without valid license to teach? ›

Under Republic Act No. 7836 or the Philippine Teachers Professionalization Act of 1994, no person shall practice the teaching profession without obtaining a valid certificate of registration and professional license.

What is the difference between reciprocity and endorsement? ›

Once you take the NCLEX exam, the exam has reciprocity. Meaning that you do not need to take it for another state, your score is accepted by all states. To endorse, the exam score can be used, but that is only one part of the licensing process.

Where do teacher get paid the most? ›

Pennsylvania, California and New York have the highest average teacher salaries in the country, compared to all other occupations.

What are the 3 main points for reciprocity? ›

Reciprocal exchanges are not all alike. In 1965, an anthropologist named Marshall Sahlins observed that there are three distinct types of reciprocity that occur in human societies around the world--generalized, balanced, and negative.

Is reciprocity a good thing? ›

In many cases, the reciprocity norm is actually a good thing. It helps people behave in socially acceptable ways and allows them to engage in a social give-and-take with others.


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