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WUE - Western Undergraduate Exchange

Looking for a great education at an affordable price?

Want to go out-of-state but don't want to pay out-of-state tuition?

If you are a resident of one of these 14 western states (shown above), you may qualify for the Western Undergraduate Exchange at ISU!

This scholarship, available for freshmen and transfer students, could save you more than $35,000 over four years!

Participating States: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

What is WUE?

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program coordinated by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education that allows students residing in participant states to attend programs at Idaho State University at a reduced cost.

Time accrued while participating in the WUE Program will not count towards the length of time required to gain Idaho Residency.

Who can participate?

Undergraduate academic or applied technology students from the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming or Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible to participate in WUE.

Are all programs of study WUE-eligible?

All fields of study at Idaho State University are WUE eligible, however, some high demand or oversubscribed programs may limit the number of non-resident students who can be admitted to their programs. Preference is given to those seeking their first bachelor’s degree.

How do students apply for WUE?

WUE is treated like a type of scholarship at ISU. Incoming freshmen and transfer students must submit all admissions materials (admission application, application fee, ACT or SAT scores, and official high school or college transcripts) to the university in order to be considered.  New Incoming Freshman/Transfer Deadline:  Feb 15 (fall entry); Nov 1 (spring entry)

The Application for Admission serves as the WUE application.

For initial awarding, preference is given to students with at least a 3.00 GPA and 18 ACT composite (940 SAT) as well as to those who meet our scholarship application deadline. Students who do not meet this criteria will be considered on an individual basis.

As a WUE student, what are my tuition expenses at ISU?

WUE students pay 1.5 times the Idaho resident tuition instead of full non-resident tuition plus resident tuition, for a tremendous cost savings.  Estimated savings per semester is over ~$5,500 (dependent upon tuition)/ per year ~$11,000.

How are students notified about WUE awards?

Students are notified of their WUE awards in writing by the ISU Scholarship Office. Students have until the date stated in their award letter and on their reply form to accept or decline the award.

Renewal Information for WUE

Important renewal criteria to maintain a Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) award must be met.  Please refer to your original acceptance form or contact the Scholarship Office.