The Western Undergraduate Exchange or WUE (woo-wee) program is fantastic option for students looking to study outside of Montana. We often get questions about what it means for our Montana seniors.
Some basic facts to know about the program:
-Students must apply to be part of WUE as part of the individual school application. There is no overall application. This means a student may apply multiple times if he or she is applying to multiply WUE schools.
-Schools set their own application to WUE. Some schools require a separate application while others will ask you to indicate your interest in your general application. When in doubt, contact the individual school with questions.
-Students who are accepted into the WUE program pay 150% of the in-state tuition rate for an institution which is typically significantly lower than out-of-state tuition costs.
-The reduced tuition rate offered by WUE is not guaranteed to every student. Most institutions have a limit of awards so we recommend applying early. The competitiveness of the program depends on the school.
-The states involved include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
-Most schools do not consider financial need when awarding WUE. However, some colleges will use the FAFSA in the consideration process.
Over 150 institutions participate in WUE. This creates an incredibly breadth of opportunities for graduating Montana seniors. It is worth adding a couple to your list!