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Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

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WUE (pronounced woo-wee) is a program that was created by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) to lessen the financial burden of attending an out-of-state college. With WUE, out-of-state students pay no more than 150% of in-state tuition at participating schools, compared with nonresident rates that can exceed 300% of in-state rates.


How do I qualify for WUE?

1. Are you a resident of one of the 16 states or US territories that participate? YES!

map of participating WUE states

2. Apply to a participating institution 

3. Meet the institution's WUE requirements

  • Some schools set a more rigorous criteria for WUE applicants. Double check that you meet your top-choice schools' WUE admissions criteria. 
  • Apply early! Some schools may have an earlier deadline for WUE applicants. Plus each school has a quota  of WUE seats they are able to give away. If you apply too late, you could miss out!