• Allison Styffe

College in the West for Less with WUE

If the idea of in-state tuition is the only thing keeping you in Oregon for college, we have three little letters that could change your plans and broaden your horizons: W-U-E (often pronounced "woo-wee")


WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange) is a regional agreement that provides students from western states with a massive tuition discount. This means that as an Oregonian, attending an out-of-state school doesn't necessarily mean wildly high mark-ups of out-of-state tuition, which can be three to four times more than what in-staters pay for the same education. If you enroll in one of WUE's 160+ participating two- and four-year public institutions you could pay 150% (or less) of the school's resident tuition. Students who take advantage of WUE save an average of $9,000 per year!


So which states are included in this deal? The following are part of WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education), which means their students and schools can participate in WUE: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming (plus the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam)



Note that not all schools in these states offer WUE tuition; you can search here for all WUE schools and eligible majors. And keep in mind, too, that just because a school/program participates in WUE doesn't mean you'll automatically receive their tuition discount. Each participating school is entitled to administer the WUE scholarship according to its own rules—we're talking application deadlines, GPA/SAT/ACT minimums, etcetera. So let's look at a few examples of WUE schools and their requirements:


Arizona State University, Downtown Campus

WUE Tuition: $16,065

Resident Tuition: $10,710

Nonresident Tuition: $28,800

Through WUE You'd Save: $12,735


WUE Admissions Info

Minimum High School GPA: 3.0 Minimum SAT: 1180 Minimum ACT: 24

Minimum College GPA (Transfer-only): 2.5* *Transfer students must have less than 120 transferable semester credits. Community college transfer students must have a minimum of an associate degree or 60 transferable semester credits.


WUE Eligible Programs

Applied Science (Emergency Management)

Community Sports Management

NonProfit Leadership and Management

Parks and Recreation Management

Public Service and Public Policy

Recreation Therapy

Social Work

Tourism Development and Management

Urban and Metropolitan Studies



Boise State University

WUE Tuition: $8,298

Resident Tuition: $5,532

Nonresident Tuition: $22,452

Through WUE You'd Save: $14,154


WUE Admissions Info

Minimum High School GPA: 3.2

Minimum SAT: 1060

Minimum ACT: 21

Minimum College GPA (Transfer-only): 3.5


WUE Eligible Programs

All majors except the following are considered for the WUE scholarship:

Nursing

Pre-Nursing

Radiologic Science

Pre-Radiologic Science

Self-supported online programs



Montana State University, Bozeman Campus

WUE Tuition: $8,481

Resident Tuition: $5,654

Nonresident Tuition: $23,890

Through WUE You'd Save: $15,409


WUE Admissions Info

Minimum High School GPA: 3.3

Minimum SAT: 1260

Minimum ACT: 27

WUE Rate for Transfer Students: No


Additional WUE Requirements

During their time at MSU students need to maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and take 15 credits a semester to keep their scholarship.


Have questions about WUE and finding the right school for you? Contact your College & Career Counselor!
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