Students will pay their normal tuition and fees to their home university (NSE payment Plan B) or will pay the in-state/in-province tuition and fees to their host campus (NSE payment Plan A). Their ability to select Plan A or Plan B is determined by the payment plan utilized by their home and host universities.

If the student chooses to live on the host campus, which NSE strongly encourages, payment for room and meals is made directly to the host campus regardless of where tuition and fees are paid.

Additional costs include, but may not be limited to, program application fee, travel to the host site, books and supplies, laboratory or special course-related fees, health insurance, and personal expenses. Most of these expenses may be considered in the cost of attendance used in determining, for U.S. students, federally-funded financial aid awards.

"My participation in the National Student Exchange was one of the highlights of my time as an undergraduate. I was lucky to spend a semester in North Carolina now just over 20 years ago. I was born and raised in Iowa. At that time, I had only been out of the state a handful of times and I certainly could not afford to attend an out-of-state university. I loved living in North Carolina and seeing what it was like studying at another school. Of course, I met interesting people and learned a lot about myself as well. My exchange opened my eyes and helped me understand really understand there were amazing opportunities, experiences, and adventures out there waiting for me. I am so happy that this program is still alive and well and available to students. I would encourage any student to make participation in the NSE part of their education."

Maureen De Armond
Associate Counsel
Iowa State University Office of University Counsel
University of Northern Iowa Alumna