Western States University Agreement

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That depends. If you move from an ESU-eligible major to a major that is excluded from the ESU rate at that particular institution, the college or university may charge you a full non-resident tuition fee for the ESU-ineligible major. What is WUE? WUE (pronounced “woo-wee”) is the Western Undergraduate Exchange, a program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). WuE allows students from Western countries to enroll in more than 140 two- and four-year academic institutions with a reduced level of study: 150% of the institution`s regular residency classes. The programme started in 1987 and all Wiche countries have since signed the agreement. Students from all WICHE Member States have the right to apply for the WUE study reduction. WICHE member states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming. Search WUE`s online database to see which institutions participate and which programs are available at wuE discounted rates. wue.wiche.edu/search1.jsp benefits of WUE When states and their institutions participate in WUE, everyone wins.

Benefits for participating institutions. Although the WUE reciprocity agreement for tuition fees does not provide for financial reimbursement to institutions for WUE students, there are many benefits for the participating institution. WUE can help institutions establish a baseline to strengthen programs, improve efficiency by submitting overcapacity, and promote student diversity. Some institutions bordering other states appreciate the program because it allows them to serve citizens of neighboring communities. WICHE`s new online WUE database will prove to be a valuable tool to promote your institution and its curricula. Benefits for the sending and receiving State. States benefit from WUE in several ways. Residents of home states can visit affordable institutions in other Western states without incurring any costs to the state. Beneficiary states also benefit if a student decides to stay there after graduation, which helps the state build a skilled workforce.


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