WUE

WESTERN UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE (WUE) FAQ’S

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Which States and U.S. Territories Participate?

Resident students from the following states and U.S. Territories may participate, if they meet eligibility requirements:

  • Alaskawue-suitcase
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Guam

Tuition Rates

Sample of current published WUE yearly Tuition Rates for California Students (exclusive of specialized fees):

  • University of Idaho – $8,019
  • Northern Arizona University – $15,057
  • Boise State – $7565
  • University of Hawaii, Hilo – $10,800
  • University of Montana, Billings – $6596
  • Colorado State University, Pueblo – $15,023
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas – $9698
  • New Mexico State University – $7,929

To search for your major and see a complete list of WUE institutions please visit: Wue Savings Finder.wiche.edu

WUE Booklet

What is WUE, and how does it work?

Founded in 1987, the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE, pronounced “woo-ee”) is a regional tuition-discount agreement administered by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). WUE enables students from one of 16 WICHE states and territories in the Western U.S. to enroll as nonresidents in 160+ participating public colleges and universities and pay 150 percent (or less) of the enrolling school’s resident tuition—which annually saves students an average of $9,000 each on the cost of nonresident tuition.

How do I apply for reduced WUE tuition, and what are the WUE admissions requirements?

If you’re a resident of one of WICHE’s 16 member states/U.S. territories (CNMI and Guam), you may be eligible for reduced tuition rate offered at 160+ participating WUE schools. Apply directly to your chosen WUE college or university (and not to WICHE itself). Some schools have special eligibility requirements or annual WUE admission quotas, found in that school’s WUE profile. If you still have questions, contact the school’s office that administers WUE (admissions, financial aid, or the scholarship office), as indicated on the profile. Some schools automatically consider applicants from a WICHE state for the WUE rate, but many require that applicants request the WUE rate when applying for admission. Check to see if they have a special WUE application. Search for a WUE school

What about transfer students?

The majority of WUE schools accept transfer students, but some only offer the WUE rate to first-year students. Certain schools offer limited majors at the WUE rate to transfer students. Check your chosen school’s profile on the WUE Savings Finder to find out if they offer WUE to transfer students.

If I’m awarded WUE discount tuition, how long is that rate good for, and must I reapply each year?

Most institutions extend the WUE rate to a student for that school’s typical minimum graduation interval (two years for an associate’s degree program, four years for a bachelor’s degree program). Some also require a minimum credit load each term. Some institutions require that you reapply each year; check directly with your school and follow their rules. You must maintain good academic standing to keep the WUE rate.

What, exactly, is my WUE tuition cost? What would I save compared to paying full nonresident tuition?

Each WUE school’s tuition is different, and some schools discount WUE tuition even more than the 150 percent of resident tuition threshold. A helpful illustration: If Best Western University’s resident tuition is $10,000 for the academic year, then your WUE rate would be $15,000 ($10,000 x 1.5). If their nonresident tuition is $25,000, then you’d save $10,000 ($25,000 – $15,000). Estimated savings are posted on each school’s WUE profile; you can get precise up-to-date figures directly from your enrolling WUE schoolWhat, exactly, is my WUE tuition cost? What would I save compared to paying full nonresident tuition?

Do I automatically get the WUE rate?

No. The reduced WUE rate is not automatically awarded to all eligible candidates. Even if you meet the institution’s WUE admissions criteria (which may be more rigorous than its regular admissions criteria), there are no guarantees. Many institutions limit the number of new WUE awards each academic year, so apply early and be sure to request the WUE rate when applying for admission

I’ve been admitted to a WUE school, but haven’t received word about a WUE discounted rate. What should I do?

Check in directly with your chosen school’s relevant office (admissions, scholarships, or financial aid), whose contact information can be found in theWUE Savings Finder.

         Where can I find the WUE application?

There is no central WUE application. Some WUE institutions have their own WUE application. If they do not, make sure that you indicate you want to be considered for the WUE tuition rate somewhere on the application.

         If I am not from a member state, am I still eligible to enroll as a WUE student?

No. Only residents of WICHE’s 15 member states qualify. They are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. There are programs similar to WUE in other regions. If you are in the mid-west, visit http://www.mhec.org. If you are in the southern United States, visit http://www.sreb.org/. And if you are in the northeast, visit http://www.nebhe.org/.

         Which institutions participate in WUE?

Some 145 state-funded community colleges and universities located in the WICHE region participate in WUE. To find out whether or not an institution that you’re interested in participates in WUE, If your destination institution is not listed, then it does not participate in WUE.

Can I establish residency in the state where I’m enrolled, while I’m paying the WUE rate?

No. If you want to build time towards establishing residency in another state, schools require you to pay the full nonresident tuition until that residency is legally established. Residency policies vary by state (and college/university), so check with your school’s admissions or residency office for guidance.


I already have a bachelor’s degree (or an associate’s). Can I qualify for the WUE discount for a second undergraduate degree?

The WUE program is intended for first-degree undergraduates. However, an enrolling school may consider extending awarding WUE to a student pursuing a second undergraduate degree; contact your chosen school to find out.

Will WUE help me save if I’m enrolling at a public college or university in my home state?

No. Resident tuition in your home state is already less expensive than nonresident tuition, so the WUE discount—while valuable if you decide to study at a WUE school outside your home state—will not further subsidize your resident-tuition rate.

Do schools limit the number of WUE discounts they award?

Many schools do cap the number of WUE awards they issue each year or have earlier admissions deadlines for WUE students. For this reason, it’s important to apply for the WUE discount as early as possible; don’t wait to apply until the school’s final deadline for regular admission.

          Do private institutions participate in WUE?

No, not at this time.

          Must a student demonstrate financial need to receive the discounted WUE rate?

Most enrolling institutions do not require that applicants show financial need to receive the WUE rate, however, a few do. Check the institution’s WUE profile. If they ask you to complete a FAFSA, then it is possible that financial need may be selection a factor.

          Do community colleges participate in WUE?

Most of our WICHE states’ public community colleges participate, but not all. California and Hawaii community colleges do not participate in WUE at this time. Most other states offer some associates degrees through WUE, either through their community colleges or through universities that award both bachelors and associates degrees.

W.U.E. FOUR-YEAR UNIVERSITIES

Alaska

University of Alaska Anchorage
University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau Campus

Arizona

Arizona State University / Downtown
Arizona State University / Polytechnic Campus
Arizona State University / West Campus
Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University, Yuma Campus
University of Arizona
University of Arizona South

Colorado

Colorado Mesa University
Colorado State University
Colorado State University, Pueblo
Metropolitan State College of Denver
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
University of Colorado Denver
University of Northern Colorado
Western State College of Colorado

Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Hilo
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Hawaii Maui College

Idaho

Boise State University
College of Southern Idaho
Idaho State University
Lewis-Clark State College
University of Idaho

Montana

Montana State University, Billings
Montana State University, Bozeman
Montana State University, Northern
Montana Tech of the University of Montana
University of Montana, Missoula
University of Montana, Western

Nevada

Nevada State College
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of Nevada, Reno

New Mexico

Eastern New Mexico University – Portales
New Mexico Highlands University
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
New Mexico State University
University of New Mexico
Western New Mexico University

North Dakota

Dickinson State University
Mayville State University
Minot State University
North Dakota State University
University of North Dakota
Valley City State University

Oregon

Eastern Oregon University
Oregon Institute of Technology
Portland State University
Southern Oregon University
University of Oregon
Western Oregon University

South Dakota

Black Hills State University
Dakota State University
Northern State University
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
South Dakota State University
University of South Dakota

Utah

Dixie State College of Utah
Southern Utah University
University of Utah
Utah State University
Utah Valley University
Weber State University

Washington

Central Washington University
Eastern Washington University
Washington State University
Western Washington University

Wyoming  

University of Wyoming

W.U.E. TWO-YEAR COLLEGES

Alaska

Prince William Sound Community College

Arizona

Arizona Western College
Central Arizona College
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Cochise College
Coconino Community College
Eastern Arizona College
Estrella Mountain Community College
Gateway Community College
Glendale Community College
Mesa Community College
Mohave Community College
Northland Pioneer College
Paradise Valley Community College
Phoenix College
Pima Community College
Rio Salado Community College
Scottsdale Community College
South Mountain Community College
Yavapai College

Colorado

Aims Community College
Arapahoe Community College
Colorado Northwestern Community College
Community College of Aurora
Community College of Denver
Front Range Community College
Lamar Community College
Morgan Community College
Northeastern Junior College
Otero Junior College
Pikes Peak Community College
Pueblo Community College
Red Rocks Community College
Trinidad State Junior College

Idaho

College of Southern Idaho
North Idaho College

Montana

Dawson Community College
Great Falls College MSU
Helena College University of Montana
Highlands College of Montana Tech
Miles Community College
Missoula College University of Montana

Nevada

College of Southern Nevada
Great Basin College
Truckee Meadows Community College
Western Nevada Community College

New Mexico

Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell
New Mexico Junior College
Northern New Mexico College
Santa Fe Community College

North

Dakota

Bismarck State College
Dakota College at Bottineau
Lake Region State College
North Dakota State College of Science
Williston State College

Utah

College of Eastern Utah
Salt Lake Community College
Snow College

Wyoming

Casper College
Central Wyoming College
Eastern Wyoming College
Gillette College
Laramie County Community College
Northwest College
Sheridan College
Western Wyoming Community College