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America’s largest regional interstate tuition savings program

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is an agreement among WICHE’s 16 member states and territories, through which 160+ participating public colleges and universities provide steep nonresident tuition savings for Western students.
 
Through WUE, eligible students can choose from hundreds of undergraduate programs outside their home state, and pay no more than 150 percent of that institution’s resident tuition rate. 
 
Since full nonresident college-tuition rates may exceed 300 percent of resident rates, WUE increases affordable higher-education choices for students, and minimizes the adverse impacts of student loan debt.
 
Follow these four simple steps to take advantage of the WUE:
 
Increase your odds with foresight and follow-through
 
  • Be sure you’re eligible.
    • Be a qualified resident of a WICHE member state or territory.
    • Plan to study at a public college or university in another of WICHE’s 16 states and territories.
    • Ensure your chosen school offers the major you want. Search the WUE Savings Finder database to find out which majors at 160+ Western schools are WUE-eligible. (Some campuses exclude select majors from WUE eligibility.)
    • Meet your school’s admissions criteria–both generally, and for WUE. Along with that school’s general admissions standards, some require WUE students to meet specified GPA and/or ACT/SAT scores.
  • Know these application tips.
    • Apply directly to the schools. WICHE itself does not accept applications. The schools make all admissions and financial aid decisions.
    • Indicate your interest in seeking WUE in your application: Typically admissions offices handle WUE requests. However, some schools process WUE applications in their scholarship or financial aid office.
    • Apply early. As you may see on your chosen school’s WUE Savings Finder profile, some schools set earlier deadlines for WUE applicants, or fill WUE student quotas on a first-apply, first-served basis.
    • Know your tuition savings, but don’t forget fees. WICHE requires that WUE tuition rates not exceed 150 percent of a college or university’s resident tuition rate–but in some cases they’re lower still, so check the WUE Savings Finder for detail on each institution’s WUE rate (updated each December). Note: Student fees, room, and board are not part of WUE savings, so budget for those.
    • Many participating campuses accept transfer students: check to be sure.
  • Don’t quit once you’re in.
    • Confirm all requirements directly with your WUE school.
    • Keep all WUE award correspondence to verify the terms of your award and eligibility.
    • Study hard. Retain good academic standing–and, at some schools, meet a credit-hours minimum each term–to continue receiving WUE. Some schools do not extend WUE rates beyond a standard graduation interval (two years for associate’s programs, four years for bachelor’s).
 
Review the WUE FAQ for answers to general questions that are not about a specific single school.