The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program through which students in participating states may enroll in designated two-year and four-year public institutions and programs in other participating states at a special, reduced tuition level. Tuition for WUE students is 150% of the regular in-state tuition which is substantially less than nonresident tuition. Students do not need to demonstrate financial need to receive the WUE tuition benefit.
To be eligible for the WUE, students must be a resident of a participating state, including: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Each state determines which institutions and programs it will make available to students in the WUE. Eligibility for admission and for WUE tuition is determined by each participating institution. V isit the WUE website at http://wue.wiche.edu/ for additional information concerning school specific requirements, as well as for a list of participating schools.
The WUE reduced tuition rate is not automatically awarded to all eligible candidates. Many institutions limit the number of new WUE awards each academic year, so apply early! Consult each institution’s profile for admissions requirements and application deadlines.
Although some institutions automatically consider applicants from a WICHE state for the WUE rate, most require that you request the special WUE rate at the time of application for admission, or that you apply for the WUE rate through their scholarship or financial aid office.
The WUE reduced tuition rate is not automatically awarded to all eligible candidates. Many institutions limit the number of new WUE awards each academic year, so apply early!
If you are admitted to a WUE institution at the reduced rate, keep all copies of correspondence confirming your WUE award.