Student and Graduate Testimonials
Here's what students and graduates are saying about WICHE's Student Exchange Programs
"When I decided to pursue a career in audiology, I knew I was going to have to go out of state for school as there are no programs in Alaska. Even though I had no doubts that this was the right choice for me, I was not sure how the financial aspects would work out. It wasn't until I received notice about WUE that I knew I was going to be able to make it through school financially. WUE has been a huge blessing to me, and I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. WUE is giving me the chance to get the education I need so that someday I can return home and provide medical services to the people in my home state. Thank you so very much!"
— Caitie M., Alaska resident, Class of 2018, Idaho State University, Audiology
"Everyone can relate to the fact that college is extremely expensive, especially if you're paying out-of-state tuition. I have always wanted to attend a college out of my hometown and WUE has made paying for college easier. Thanks for this amazing opportunity to study at CSU East Bay. WUE is awesome!"
— Vivian, Oregon resident, Class of 2016, California State University, East Bay, Sociology, Sociology
"When I began looking at colleges, it was obvious that financially, the smart choice would be to attend an in-state university. I applied for and was accepted to an institution in my home state. I was born and raised in Alaska, and I intend to return to my home state upon graduation to pursue my career in nursing. However, having never lived outside, I had never experienced some of the simple things that so many take for granted (marching bands, football games, pep rallies, concerts, and even road trips). Upon applying to Idaho State University and being granted the WUE discount, I suddenly had a choice that was not based on finances, but rather on where I wanted to be. I chose to attend ISU, and it was a fantastic decision. I absolutely love the school, the location, and the ability to have the life experiences that I desire, knowing that I am exactly where I should be. Enrolling at ISU would not have been possible without WUE, and I am forever grateful. "
— Alyson, Alaska resident, Class of 2018, Idaho State University, Nursing , Nursing
"There were two things I wanted out of college. First, a degree in audiology. Second, a chance to leave home and become my own individual. WUE program allowed me to pursue both of these things without worrying about racking up an unruly amount of debt. The financial peace of mind WUE gave me allowed me to focus all my efforts on school. I am so thankful for WUE--I can't even begin to explain how essential it has been to my college experience. Without it, my college and life goals were unreachable. WUE granted me access to my dreams, and that is something I will cherish forever."
— Tiffany, Washington resident, Class of 2014, Idaho State University, Pre-Audiology Studies, Pre-Audiology
"WUE is much more than just an affordable college experience. WUE challenges me academically by setting guidelines to keep my discounted tuition. It also keeps me on track to graduate within four years. The higher academic standards required of WUE students motivate us to reach our goals."
— Camden, Hawai'i resident, Class of 2015, University of Colorado Denver, Pre-Med (Biology and Public Health), Biology and Public Health
"Without WUE, I would not have had the opportunity to attend a large university outside of my home state. I am currently in my first year and just applied to my baccalaureate program here at Idaho State University. Now I have the ability to be all that I can, without crippling my parents or myself with student loan debt, or taking away from my two younger siblings' educational opportunities. Without this program, I wouldn't have been able to achieve my life-long dream. "
— Grace, Nevada resident, Class of 2015, Idaho State University, Elementary Education with English Emphasis, Elementary Education- English Emphasis
"I have a B.S. in microbiology but wanted to enter the medical laboratory science field. I decided to withdraw money from my 401k in order to pay for expenses for the year of training/education needed to change fields. Thanks to the WICHE's Western Undergraduate Exchange, I can complete my educational and career goals at an affordable price."
— P.L., California resident, Class of 2014, Idaho State University, Medical Laboratory Science, Medical Laboratory Science
"Affording my college studies in speech pathology would be difficult without my WUE scholarship. Thank you!"
— Paige, Montana resident, Class of 2016, Idaho State University, Speech Pathology, Speech Pathology
"WUE has helped me attend one of the best schools for nursing. Nursing is my dream career, and with the help of the WUE, I can make my dreams come true! "
— Jessica, Montana resident, Class of 2017, Idaho State University, Nursing, Nursing
"I always had ambitions of furthering my education and participating in football after graduating from high school. Being a graduate from an Alaskan high school made it difficult to choose a school that best fit me, because out-of-state tuition was high. With the help of WUE, I was able to pick a university that fit my needs on the field and in the classroom. I’ve been given the best chance to succeed in life."
— Josh, Alaska resident, Class of 2014, Mayville State University, History Education and Physical Education, History Education and Physical Education
"I've wanted to study in Montana since high school, but out-of-state tuition made that difficult. When my family learned about the WUE program, a lot of the burden was taken away. It also acts as an additional motivator to do my best in my classes, to keep up my GPA so that I remain qualified for the WUE discount. I am very indebted for the opportunity I have been given by WUE."
— Brenna, Washington resident, Class of 2016, University of Montana Western, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Education
"If it weren't for WUE, I don't know how I would afford college -- especially out-of-state tuition, since it's so expensive. The fact that people are investing their time and money to help me be successful is overwhelming. WUE has helped me realize that I want to pursue a career in student affairs and higher education so that I can encourage students to pursue college studies and be successful too. So many students see furthering their education as a foreign concept and I want to help them break that limiting perception. WUE, along with the support of everyone around me, makes me realize that truly anything is possible."
— Kevin, Nevada resident, Class of 2014, Northern Arizona University, Business Management & Administration, Business Management & Administration
"WUE made it possible for me to attend Northern Arizona University where I stayed on track for four years and graduated with a bachelor's degree in environmental science. If I had had to pay the full out-of-state tuition, I don't think I would have been able to graduate in four years, nor stay focused on one major. I'm currently attending graduate school at the University of Arizona. WUE was a determining factor in helping me stay out West for my undergraduate and graduate years."
— Chase, New Mexico resident, Class of 2010, Northern Arizona University, Environmental Science, Environmental Science
"When I was looking at schools, I found the WUE program. It was amazing to me that it was cheaper to go out-of-state on a WUE scholarship than it was to stay in state in California. Without WUE, I would be in debt for a long time. My parents and I are so grateful for this program, and I highly recommend it. WUE is a great deal; I'm getting a good education at a reasonable price! I attend Northern Arizona University and I love it. It's the perfect distance from home; I can go home if I need too, but it's far enough away to get the college experience of living on my own. This experience has taught me how to be self-sufficient and responsible. I have worked hard and gotten involved with different organizations on campus that have enhanced my knowledge in chemistry and social problems around the world."
— Amanda, California resident, Class of 2013, Northern Arizona University, Chemistry, Chemistry Major
"I was not going to attend a university because tuition and fees were just too expensive. WUE program gave me access to a less expensive education and an experience that I will always take with me. I am a first-generation college student, and my family is proud. Thank you WUE! "
— Tara, California resident, Class of 2013, Northern Arizona University, Psychology, Psychology