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TUITION AND FEES

The National Student Exchange is a tuition-reciprocal exchange program which utilizes two different plans for payment of tuition/fees. Your university may utilize payment Plan A, payment Plan B, or both Plan A and Plan B. Your choice of where you pay your tuition is dependent upon the payment plan(s) of your home as well as your host universities.

  • Under Plan A, you will pay to your host campus the resident (in-state/provincial) tuition and fees directly to that campus.
  • Under Plan B, you will continue to pay your normal tuition and fees to your home university. If you currently pay non-resident-tuition to your home campus, you should expect to continue to do so while on exchange.
The side bar area, next to the campus narratives in the NSE Directory, identifies tuition/fees for those campuses which utilize Plan A. These costs are for the current academic year and are subject to change without notice. Tuition/fees frequently increase each year by 5-15 percent. Costs for the coming fall will not be available until spring or summer. Consult Campus Budgets for up-dated costs. Note the submission date for the campus of interest to ascertain whether or not the information is timely and up-to-date. Costs are subject to change without notice.

ROOM AND MEALS

If you choose to live on campus at your host university, you will pay the costs for room and meals directly to the host campus, not to your home university. Housing options and meal plans vary greatly from campus to campus. The side bar area, next to the campus narratives in the Directory, identifies current room and meal costs for room arrangements and meal plans most commonly selected by exchange students. Options you might choose could be higher or lower than the costs listed. Consult Campus Catalogs and campus Web home pages (see Member Campus Links) for descriptions and costs of specific room and meal plan options.

Room and meal costs increase each year by 5-8 percent. Costs for the coming fall will not be available until spring or summer. Consult Campus Budgets for up-dated costs. Note the submission date for the campus of interest to ascertain whether or not the information is timely and up-to-date. Costs are subject to change without notice.

OTHER FEES

Whether you participate under Plan A or Plan B, you will also be expected to pay to your host campus those fees which are assessed as a condition of your enrollment (e.g., laboratory fees, art and photography supplies, course surcharges, and computer fees). Consult individual institution catalogs and campus Web home pages (see Member Campus Links) for additional information on those costs which are course related.

Many host NSE member campuses assess a technology fee; and some may assess a general services fee. Some member campuses may also require purchase of health insurance as well as payment of student activities and campus health service fees. These fees are identified in the side bar area, next to campus narratives, in the Directory. Consult Campus Detail Information which lists these costs as well. Note the submission date for the campus of interest to ascertain whether or not the information is timely and up-to-date.

Field trips and special events fees may be charged for NSE group activities on your host campus. Some host campuses may assess an institutional application fee and/or NSE activity/orientation fee.

NSE APPLICATION FEE

Your home campus will assess a fee which will be due when you submit your application for exchange participation. This is an application fee and is not refundable. Should you not be placed, be placed and decline your placement, accept your placement and later withdraw or become ineligible, no refund will be given.

OTHER FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

You are encouraged to carefully review all possible expenses as well as your own personal and/or family resources for exchange. Expenses related to transportation to and from the host campus, personal expenses, and travel and sightseeing opportunities while on exchange are your responsibility. Transportation costs to the host campus can vary widely depending on the institutionís accessibility to major transportation systems as well as the distance from your current place of residence. In all likelihood, you will do more sightseeing and personal traveling in your new environment than you did at home. If you choose to live off campus you may incur additional costs for housing, transportation, and food. If you have been employed while attending your home campus, you may find it difficult to secure employment, or may choose not to be employed, while on exchange. In either case, your financial situation may undergo a change.

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

You are responsible for paying tuition, fees, room, meals, and all other financial obligations in accordance with stated home and host campus deadlines and policies. Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of your exchange. Until all outstanding financial obligations have been paid, your host campus will not release a transcript; and your home university will not permit re-enrollment, issue a transcript, or award a diploma.


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