Here's what students and graduates are saying about WICHE's student exchange....

  • "WICHE's PSEP provided me generous assistance in helping fund my medical education. By participating in the program, I was able to limit my federal loan burden and start out ahead of many of my classmates. I am the first physician in my family; this program and Arizona's assistance made it all possible. As the cost of medical education continues to climb, this valuable program becomes even more important."

    Richard Saunders, DO FAAEMArizona residentClass of 2008Midwestern University, Osteopathic Medicine
  • "With all of the talk about new healthcare policies, I was worried about the amount of debt that I would accumulate by the time I graduated from optometry school. I moved forward with the process, hoping that I would be able to get a good job afterwards. However, I found out about the WICHE program and decided to apply. So much of my stress was relieved when I learned that I was awarded the PSEP scholarship. It has allowed me fully focus on my schooling. Thanks to PSEP, I will be a better doctor and will be able to provide better care to my future patients."

    JasonUtah residentClass of 2017Pacific University, College of Optometry
  • "My parents left Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge. They were sponsored to come to America to start a new life. They came to the U.S. with no money or education—just the clothes on their backs. I’m the first college student in my family. WICHE’s PSEP program has allowed me to focus on my school work, rather than worry about debt. I am now one step away from creating the proudest moment of my and my parents’ journey."

    JennyNevada residentClass of 2014Roseman University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy
  • "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 residentClass of 2018Idaho State University, Audiology
  • "Becoming an optometrist has been one of my longest, sought after goals. When I was accepted into the program last fall, I worried about the cost. But then I found out about WICHE's PSEP! The reduced tuition has enabled me to follow my dream so that I can improve many patients' lives in the future. I am so proud of my home state of North Dakota and I am so thankful for their support through WICHE's PSEP program. Attending school at Pacific University has been a wonderful experience. Thank you for helping me achieve my goals!"

    LaceyNorth Dakota residentClass of 2017Pacific University, College of Optometry
  • "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!"

    VivianOregon residentClass of 2016California State University, East Bay, Sociology
  • "Since I started my undergraduate studies, I've always known I wanted to practice medicine. Once I started applying to physician assistant studies programs, I was excited to discover WICHE's PSEP. Through PSEP, I'm able to attend school at Idaho State University at a reasonable cost. I would like to thank the State of Wyoming for participating in this program that has had such a positive influence on my life. I look forward to returning to my home state, to work and serve my community, after all of the support it has given me."

    SarahWyoming residentClass of 2014Idaho State University, Physician Assistant Studies
  • "I am so grateful for WICHE's PSEP. Even though New Mexico does not have a dental school, WICHE made it possible for me to pursue a career in dentistry without so much of the financial burden. This has been the opportunity of a lifetime. New Mexico has supported me throughout my four years at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine through WICHE's PSEP. Not only have I been able to receive a great dental education, but I also get to come back home to New Mexico after graduation and give back to underserved communities. Thank you New Mexico, for all your support!"

    ClaudiaNew Mexico residentClass of 2014University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine
  • "The WICHE PSEP program has helped me tremendously in achieving my educational and career goals. WICHE not only helped me gain admission to dental school, but also helps keep my student loans at a reasonable level. I am unsure if I would be able to realize my dreams of opening a dental practice without the financial assistance of Arizona through WICHE's PSEP. I hope that all WICHE member states will continue to fund the program and enable their students to achieve their goals. "

    ChristopherArizona residentClass of 2016University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine
  • "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. "

    AlysonAlaska residentClass of 2018Idaho State University, 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."

    TiffanyWashington residentClass of 2014Idaho State University, Pre-Audiology Studies
  • "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."

    CamdenHawai'i residentClass of 2015University of Colorado Denver, Pre-Med (Biology and Public Health)
  • "I am from Wyoming, which does not have a medical school or a physician assistant program. WICHE's PSEP has allowed me to pursue physician assistant studies at a reasonable price. Since I will graduate with fewer student loans, I can return to Wyoming and practice in primary care. I was also fortunate to receive the WUE scholarship for my undergraduate degree at the University of New Mexico. It was a wonderful experience to attend college outside of Wyoming and experience new opportunities while preparing for my medical career. Without WICHE's WUE and PSEP programs, I wouldn't be where I am today. I am so grateful for WICHE and the outstanding opportunities it provides students."

    Bailey SnyderWyoming residentClass of 2014Red Rocks Community College, Physician Assistant
  • "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. "

    GraceNevada residentClass of 2015Idaho State University, Elementary Education with 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 residentClass of 2014Idaho State University, Medical Laboratory Science
  • "WICHE's PSEP program makes it financially possible for my husband and I to get by on one salary as I pursue my master's in occupational therapy. This great program provides students an affordable option to pursue degrees not offered in their home state. I am very grateful for Wyoming's the support of this program!"

    Cortney ConnollyWyoming residentClass of 2015A.T. Still University, Occupational Therapy
  • "Affording my college studies in speech pathology would be difficult without my WUE scholarship. Thank you!"

    PaigeMontana residentClass of 2016Idaho State University, 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! "

    JessicaMontana residentClass of 2017Idaho State University, Nursing
  • "WICHE's PSEP program has been instrumental in allowing me to pursue my biggest dream yet – becoming an optometrist. It’s no secret that professional school is an expensive undertaking, but North Dakota’s assistance through PSEP has helped immensely in alleviating this financial burden. I’m now able to fully focus on my studies, rather than being preoccupied by debt. When our legislators choose to continue PSEP support, they are choosing to invest in the future of quality medical care for our entire state. I am so very grateful to have been given this opportunity, and it is my sincere hope that this support will continue so that a quality professional education is within arm’s reach for future healthcare professionals. "

    CaseyNorth Dakota residentClass of 2016Pacific University, College of Optometry
  • "I am so blessed to have the opportunity to study occupational therapy at Pacific University, thanks to Hawaii's generosity through WICHE's Professional Student Exchange Program. It will be an honor to return to Hawaii and give back to the community, in gratitude for the affordable and quality education my home state helped me receive. Thank you, WICHE!"

    LaurieHawai'i residentClass of 2016Pacific University, Occupational Therapy
  • "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."

    JoshAlaska residentClass of 2014Mayville State University, History Education and Physical Education
  • "WICHE has helped me to pursue my professional goals as a healthcare provider. The burden of debt hangs over so many who pursue a professional career, but I was able to decrease the amount of debt significantly with the tuition support provided. Private schools can be extremely expensive, and I was concerned about supporting not only myself through school, but my wife and children as well. Thank you Arizona and WICHE!"

    CharlieArizona residentClass of 2014A. T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health
  • "I have been enrolled in the University of Arizona's distance learning program for three years now. Previously I was living in Virginia and my tuition was paid for by the DoD, but when I moved to Hawaii to start a new job, I was concerned about how I was going to pay for out-of-state tuition. When I learned about WRGP, I was very excited and I immediately enrolled. WRGP has allowed me to continue my education without putting a large financial burden on my household. It's a great way for non-resident Western students enrolled in distance learning programs to obtain an affordable education."

    ScottHawai'i residentClass of 2014University of Arizona, Optical Sciences
  • "My decision on where to attend graduate school came down to the University of Montana and another state school in the South. Montana was a better fit and the school I really wanted to attend, but the other school was offering me more money. WRGP leveled the playing field and allowed me to make a decision based on my career aspirations, instead of my wallet. Now I'm studying what I want, where I want, and I haven't looked back. "

    KevinCalifornia residentClass of 2015University of Montana, Environmental Science & Natural Resource Journalism
  • "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."

    BrennaWashington residentClass of 2016University of Montana Western, Mathematics Education
  • "I am very grateful for the WICHE PSEP program. It has taken some of the financial stress off of my shoulders while attending optometry school. Because of this, I am able to focus more of my time on my studies and learning to become the best professional that I can be. I just cannot say 'thank you' enough for this program and the difference that it has made in my life."

    EricaNorth Dakota residentClass of 2015Pacific University, College of Optometry
  • "As an undergrad, I was constantly stressed about money. Even with loans to cover my tuition, I still had to work nearly 30 hours a week to pay for my rent and living expenses. In four years, I racked up a debt of nearly $40K. With debt looming over my head and my busy work schedule, my grades were sub-par. I knew that I didn't want to repeat the same mistake for grad school. WRGP has given me an opportunity to fully dedicate myself to my studies and my teaching. Utah State University has one of the best cost-to-education quality ratios in the country, and the WRGP resident tuition rate reduced my master's tuition from nearly $10K to only $3K. My teaching stipends and scholarships have reduced my costs even further. It has been a wonderful experience being able to study without financial concerns. "

    FrederickColorado residentClass of 2014Utah State University, Second Language Teaching
  • "I am studying physical therapy at A.T. Still University and am enrolled as a WICHE PSEP student. My home state doesn't have a physical therapy program, so PSEP was the only affordable option. It has given me the opportunity of a lifetime to study what I love at a reduced cost. I encourage our legislators to continue support for this valuable program. Thank you Wyoming, for allowing me to pursue such a valuable degree and career that will allow me to fulfill my dreams of helping people increase their quality of life. "

    AndrewWyoming residentClass of 2015A.T. Still University, Physical Therapy
  • "WICHE's PSEP has made my graduate education affordable and eliminated my fears of excessive debt that would take decades to pay off. I have never qualified for federal aid through the FAFSA even though money is tight. PSEP makes it possible for students like me, who are not prepared to spend the kind of money that is required to attend a private professional graduate program, to continue their education and follow their goals and dreams without the distraction of excessive, looming debt. It is difficult for me to express the extent of my gratitude. PSEP has been a lifesaver! "

    PaigeNorth Dakota residentClass of 2016Pacific University, College of Optometry
  • "WICHE's PSEP has been a life changing blessing. Not only can I study medicine in my home state without uprooting my family, but I have the support that I need to make my dream a reality. Thank you!"

    DevinArizona residentClass of 2016A.T. Still University, Osteopathic Medicine
  • "The PSEP program made veterinary school a much more affordable option. It gave me a little more financial stability in a career that can be fraught with excessive student loans."

    KatieNevada residentClass of 2015Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "WICHE's PSEP has been a huge financial help for me as I go through optometry school. Even with PSEP, it is a huge expense, so I feel very lucky to have received the aid. Knowing other students who are from states that don't provide any funding and hearing their worries, I feel very grateful for the opportunity I was given. This will make paying back loans much easier after finishing school. Thank you for your support!"

    AliNorth Dakota residentClass of 2014Pacific University, College of Optometry
  • "I'm in my first year of veterinary school at Colorado State University. My home state of North Dakota does not have a veterinary school but I was fortunate to be chosen to be sponsored through WICHE PSEP program, so I pay in-state tuition. Without this support, tuition costs would have been double, and the decision to pursue veterinary medicine would have been more difficult. North Dakota's participation in PSEP allows me to attend one of the top schools without the extra financial burden of paying out-of-state tuition. Thank you, North Dakota, for supporting this invaluable program and helping keep my tuition cost at a more manageable amount! I encourage North Dakota legislators to continue their support of future veterinarians through WICHE's PSEP. "

    JessieNorth Dakota residentClass of 2016Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "My home state does not have a veterinary college, which meant I would have to pay out-of-state tuition at any public vet school. This means it would cost me twice as much as any other student to accomplish my dreams, simply because of where I was born. Thanks to WICHE's PSEP, I now pay in-state tuition and am well on my way to becoming a veterinarian with a manageable debt load. The aid I receive from North Dakota through PSEP will have an impact on the rest of my life: I won't be burdened with an insurmountable debt load!"

    DerekNorth Dakota residentClass of 2015, College of Veterinary MedicineColorado State University
  • "Thanks to the WRGP program, I was able to accept a spot for the clinical doctorate of audiology (Au.D.) program at the University of Utah. With no Au.D. program in Wyoming, attending an out-of-state university was my only option to become an audiologist. The University of Utah was my top choice due to its unique clinical training opportunities, excellent reputation, and nationally recognized medical and health science graduate programs. I am forever thankful to WRGP. Without it, I would not have been able to attend such an outstanding institution or to reach my dream career. Thanks to WICHE, I am able to give the gift of hearing--an intangible experience that won't soon be forgotten!"

    LaurenWyoming residentClass of 2015University of Utah, Doctorate of Audiology
  • "I have been blessed as a WICHE PSEP recipient by having a huge financial burden lifted off of my shoulders. I’m currently a first-year student. Instead of working to support myself, I was able to volunteer extensively in both the local community and abroad. WICHE has given me the opportunity to make the most of my time in California, truly focusing on my education and clinical experiences. I can’t wait to share my skills and knowledge as an optometrist upon my return home to Hawaiʻi!"

    AshleyHawai'i residentClass of 2016Southern California College of Optometry
  • "Applying to medical school, I felt overwhelmed by the increasing tuition, knowing that I needed loans to fund my education. I knew these loans would add up quickly and potentially take many years and worry to pay off, making it unaffordable to go into pediatrics or family medicine, which is my goal. I believe that this is one of the fundamental reasons why there are shortages of primary care physicians; graduates with enormous amounts of debt decide to go with higher paying specialties even if they would rather practice in primary care. With PSEP support, my tuition is essentially equal to what I would pay at a public medical program. While medical school is still very expensive, my debt load is much lower than it could have been. I now feel reassured that I will be able to give back to my home state of Arizona through primary care."

    BradleyArizona resident2014Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • "WICHE's PSEP program has given me the opportunity to pursue a career in optometry while keeping my debt at a manageable level. Without the assistance of this program, my private practice aspirations would undoubtedly be put on hold for many years after graduating. This program is an incredible support for students and I am sincerely grateful!"

    ChrisWyoming residentClass of 2015Southern California College of Optometry
  • "With the support from WICHE PSEP I was able to attend and fulfill my dream of becoming an optometrist. I will graduate this spring with a much lower debt load than most of my classmates. Without the funding, I don't know how I would have completed school. Thank you for the continued support. "

    DavidWyoming residentClass of 2013Pacific University, College of Optometry
  • "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."

    KevinNevada residentClass of 2014Northern Arizona University, 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."

    ChaseNew Mexico residentClass of 2010Northern Arizona University, Environmental Science
  • "I’m a recipient of WICHE’s PSEP support which provides me with in-state tuition at the University of Colorado’s physician assistant program. Wyoming doesn’t have its own program, so my studies would have been exceedingly expensive without financial assistance from WICHE. I focused my applications for graduate school within the WICHE region because I knew it was the only way I could fund my post-graduate studies, and I was not let down. Without this program I would have paid over twice as much for my entire first year (over 50 credit hours) of school in Colorado, which makes WICHE an incredible “scholarship”. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity WICHE has provided me."

    JessicaWyoming residentClass of 2014University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus
  • "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."

    AmandaCalifornia residentClass of 2013Northern Arizona University, Chemistry
  • "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! "

    TaraCalifornia residentClass of 2013Northern Arizona University, Psychology
  • "Optometry school is quite an expense in and of itself, but thanks to WICHE's Professional Student Exchange Program, I don't have to worry as much about how I'm going to make my graduate studies affordable. I hope this program will continue to receive support and provide assistance to many more students across the western United States. Thank you WICHE!"

    BryanNevada residentClass of 2016Pacific University, College of Optometry
  • "I was eager to join the Oregon Health and Science University to earn my Doctorate in Nursing Practice working as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. However earning a doctoral degree in the nursing profession is a costly endeavor, especially if you're paying out-of-state tuition. Although I was fully prepared to cut out any and all superfluous expenses, the correlation between how financially indebted one is to how successful they can be in school is undeniable. The stress of accruing enormous school loans was overwhelming, which is why I sincerely appreciate WRGP! WRGP affords me peace of mind and the ability to responsibly pursue my dream of working with the underserved population desperately in need of mental health services."

    IrisOregon residentClass of 2015Oregon Health & Science University
  • "WUE has helped me achieve my academic goals by giving me the opportunity to attend an institution outside of my home state. Without it, I couldn't afford to go to an institution with such an amazing dental hygiene program. Thanks WUE!"

    JessicaNevada residentClass of 2015Idaho State University, Dental Hygiene
  • "The California Maritime Academy was the only institution on the West Coast where I could pursue my career dreams. No other college around Seattle offers even a remotely similar program. My family couldn't afford to send me to Cal Maritime without the immense help that we have received from the WUE scholarship. Thanks to WUE, I've been able to focus on my studies and have been very successful at Cal Maritime. Thank you! "

    LaurenWashington residentClass of 2013California Maritime Academy, Marine Transportation
  • "WUE has helped me achieve my academic goals by making it easier to attend Idaho State University. I am from Montana and none of the colleges had the program I was looking for. Idaho State University did, but without WUE, the financial burden would have been heavy and that alone would have made it difficult for me to complete my education. WUE has helped me get one step closer to my professional goal of becoming a speech pathologist."

    PaigeMontana residentClass of 2016Idaho State University, Speech Pathology
  • "Going to school out-of-state was never an option until I learned about the WUE program. I am originally from California, but wanted to go to school in a different state. WUE makes going to college more affordable, which has given me the optimism I needed to earn a college degree. Without WUE, I would have not been able to attend Northern Arizona University where I have made great connections that will allow me to pursue my dream career."

    LaneCalifornia residentClass of 2012Northern Arizona University, Political Science with a minor in Biology
  • "I'm a student athlete, so at any time you can find me in class, practicing, traveling for competition or studying. This does not allow much time to work. WUE helped me lower the cost of my education at Idaho State University. Because I don't have to work, I can focus all my efforts on my studies. I love all the new opportunities that going to an out-of-state school has offered me. I was recently accepted into ISU's nursing program and will be starting classes this spring. Without WUE, I would have had to work and wouldn't have had as much time to focus on my academics, and may not have been accepted into their nursing program! Thank you WUE, for all you help! "

    AudreyWashington residentClass of 2015Idaho State University
  • "Being the oldest of three children active in sports and dance meant that going to school at home in California wouldn't be affordable without a scholarship. Thanks to WICHE's WUE, I'm able to go to a school I love for less than what I would have paid in my home state! The reduced tuition helps take some stress off of my parents and me. Without WUE, I wouldn't have the opportunities and experiences I've had over the last year and a half. I really hope that this program continues so that more students can benefit. Thanks to WUE, my future's off to a great start."

    AnnaCalifornia residentClass of 2015Northern Arizona University
  • "The WUE program made going to an out of state school financially viable for me and my family. In high school, I knew that I wanted to attend a university outside of my home state and give myself the opportunity to have new experiences. Reaching outside of my comfort zone to go to school in Arizona was one of the best choices I made. It exposed me to new ways of thinking and to different people from different cultures. Above all however, it made me appreciate where I came from and the values and practices that are important to me. "

    AmyCalifornia residentClass of 2012Northern Arizona University, International Hospitality Management
  • "WUE gave me the chance to study in the mainland. I lived in Hawaii all my life and thought I'd stay in Hawaii for college. When I learned about WUE, I realized that I could go to college in another state--I had many more options than I initially thought. The reduced WUE tuition was affordable, and many of my fellow students from all over the West were using WUE at NAU."

    KristalHawai'i residentClass of 2010Northern Arizona University, Chemistry Education
  • "I graduated from a California high school and wanted to go to university there, but tuition costs have been sky rocketing, and I couldn't afford it. Fortunately, I enrolled at Northern Arizona University and was awarded WUE. WUE has help me tremendously financially and allowed me to stay in school. I'm putting the tuition savings towards other school-related necessities like books and rent. It's helped me reduce the amount of student loans and reduce financial pressures. WUE has brought me one step closer to my career goals and I am greatly appreciative its contribution to my success in school. If it weren't for WUE, I wouldn't be graduating in six months!"

    KhaxilCalifornia residentClass of 2013Northern Arizona University, Psychology and Sociology
  • "I knew I didn't want to go to college in my home state because I wanted to get away and experience new things. Thanks to WUE, I was able to go to Northern Arizona where they have an excellent hotel and restaurant management program. Thanks to the WUE discount, I'm able to focus on my studies and enjoy a new home at the same time. School is more affordable because of WUE and I don't have to worry about a huge debt load when I graduate."

    AmandaWashington residentClass of 2016Northern Arizona University
  • "I am very thankful for receiving the WUE scholarship because I can attend a school that I wouldn't have been able to afford otherwise. By attending ISU I now have the opportunity to fulfill my dreams of becoming a nurse so I can help others in their time of need. It's also great to experience living in a different area for awhile before returning to Montana to start my career."

    ColbyMontana residentClass of 2015Idaho State University
  • "I grew up in a rural community and wanted to go out of state for college once I graduated. I knew that without a good scholarship or some sort of luck it would not become a reality. I did some research about the programs offered through MSU Denver and stumbled upon WUE. It was a very easy to apply, and my application was approved! Without WUE, I wouldn't be able to live in the beautiful State of Colorado nor experience the awesome learning environment that the Auraria campus provides. "

    LoraNew Mexico residentClass of 2013Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • "I left high school wanting to study business. I lived in California where the tuition rates of in-state schools were rising. Leaving the state was a long shot until I found out about WICHE's WUE program. It allowed me to explore universities in other states at the same cost (or even lower!) than some institutions at home. I have thrived here at NAU, majoring in business management. I would not be where I am today without WICHE. Thank you!"

    GabrielCalifornia residentClass of 2014Northern Arizona University, Business Management
  • "WUE has been such an amazing gift and has made enrolling in the exercise science program at Northern Arizona University affordable. Many of my classmates have received the WUE award as well. I love going to college out of state and don't have to pay outrageous tuition bills. I wouldn't be able to attend school out of state without WUE, and am so thankful for it!"

    CassandraAlaska residentClass of 2016Northern Arizona University, Exercise Science
  • "I am from Anchorage, Alaska. I wanted to to experience living and studying out of state, but couldn't afford nonresident tuition. The WUE discount made it all possible. I learned and grew so much as a person from living in a new environment and attending Northern Arizona University. I am so grateful for WICHE’s Western Undergraduate Exchange!"

    AlyssaAlaska residentClass of 2011Northern Arizona University
  • "WUE made it affordable for my family to help pay for my education. It made attending NAU possible, because I could go out of state at minimal cost. Thank you WUE, I could not have graduated if I weren't for this program!"

    AlexWashington residentClass of 2009Northern Arizona University, Environmental Science/Management
  • "I grew up in California and enjoyed living there, but when it came time for college I wanted to move to a new state and experience life elsewhere. I ended up at NAU in Flagstaff, Arizona. WUE was the only reason I was able to afford studying out of state. Thanks to WUE I now hold a B.S. in psychology and sociology and plan to earn a master's in the future. I greatly appreciate the assistance offered through WUE and I know my college experience would have been vastly different if the program didn't exist."

    EmilyCalifornia residentClass of 2012Northern Arizona University, Psychology and Sociology
  • "Thanks to WUE, my dream to go to college out of state became achievable. Coming from a low income family, going to college at all was a stretch, let alone the university of my dreams! "

    TeneekaMontana residentClass of 2016Idaho State University
  • "WUE has helped me achieve my academic goals. It gave me an option to go to one of the best colleges in country and earn my mathematics degree. It has made out-of-state study affordable. "

    KianaNevada residentClass of 2016Northern Arizona University, Mathematics
  • "I knew that I wanted to go out of state for college, but I also knew that I couldn't afford to pay full nonresident tuition. Thanks to WUE, going to college is so much more affordable. My parents love it! Choosing to go out of state was the best decision I've ever made."

    ElizabethCalifornia residentClass of 2015Northern Arizona University, Elementary Education
  • "Going to a WUE school has allowed me to pursue studies in the medical sciences and study on the Mainland. Being able to travel and see what else the world has to offer is very heart warming for me. And, I'm paying almost the same price as I would have at an in-state college in Hawaii!"

    J. SmithHawai'i residentClass of 2015Northern Arizona University, Biomedical Sciences
  • "I am so grateful for WUE. It allowed me to attend an out of state university in Arizona without paying full nonresident tuition. I graduated and was able to find a job in my field. Even though I returned to Nevada, I am so grateful for the opportunity and experiences that I had in Arizona. WUE has allowed me and many other friends and family members to access affordable education in fields that might not have available in their home state."

    EmilyNevada residentClass of 2009Northern Arizona University, Environmental Science
  • "The WUE program has impacted my life after high school graduation in many ways. I was able to attend a college outside of my home state for the same price as in-state tuition. This allowed me to choose a school that had my major of choice: hotel and restaurant management. Northern Arizona University has an excellent program my field. Living in another state has also given me the chance to experience new cultures and see new places. WUE has opened up many new opportunities. "

    RenaeAlaska residentClass of 2013Northern Arizona University, Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • "The WUE program has made it much easier to afford school, even though it is still a bit of a struggle. If it weren't for WUE, I wouldn't be enrolled at NAU because I didn't have had the funds for out-of-state tuition. Thanks WUE!"

    JasmineCalifornia residentClass of 2015Northern Arizona University, Criminal Justice
  • "As a high school senior from Hawaii, my dream was to go to college on the Mainland. I didn't want to place a financial burden on my family, so I told myself I would only leave if I got enough scholarships and financial aid. I chose Northern Arizona University (NAU) because they made my dream to study out-of-state possible. Not only did I get scholarships and financial aid, but NAU also gave me the WUE discount to make my dream a reality. Thanks to WUE, I'm not paying hefty out-of-state tuition prices. Instead, tuition is very affordable for my family and me. Thank you for such a great program!"

    CrisselleHawai'i residentClass of 2016Northern Arizona University, Communications
  • "Without WUE, I would not be in college. My mother is a single mom and is not working right now. WUE is the only reason I'm in school. The lower tuition is greatly appreciated. Thank you!"

    BrooklynCalifornia residentClass of 2014Northern Arizona University, Education
  • "Originally from South Dakota, the WUE program gave me the opportunity to experience life outside the Midwest, while making it affordable to do so. It also allowed me to expand my horizons and get comfortable with my surroundings in all places or situations.The WUE program gave me the confidence to pursue an MBA in New York City, which I completed last May. Thank you for the opportunity and I hope many others will continue to benefit from this program, just as I have."

    RossSouth Dakota residentClass of 2010Northern Arizona University, Finance
  • "When I was looking at universities in high school, many institutions in Washington were facing tuition increases nearing 30% in some cases. In addition to this, I loved to travel. WICHE's Western Undergraduate Exchange program provided the best of both worlds for me: financial stability and a great experience at an out of state university. Instead of putting myself and my family deep in debt, I was able to study in Arizona and pay less than if I stayed in state. I am thankful for this program and tell all prospective students on tours at NAU about the great benefits! Best of all, many of the majors I was interested in were available at the WUE rate, so I could change my major later and still benefit from the program. "

    AlexaWashington residentClass of 2013Northern Arizona University, Accounting, Investments, and English
  • "WUE has made it possible for me to go to college. Even though I am paying more than I would for an in-state college, I am able to go to the college that I fell in love with. Finances have always been an issue with my family, as I have two older siblings in college as well, and it has taken a major financial toll on my parents. However, the financial stress has been eased by WUE, and I have been able to follow my dreams and explore another part of the world. I am now attending Northern Arizona University and pursuing a forestry degree, something that I have wanted to do for many years. I hope that that WUE will continue for many years, so that others can benefit too."

    NatalieWashington residentClass of 2016Northern Arizona University, Forestry
  • "WUE allows me attend NAU without worry about rising tuition, because they offer a special four-year fixed tuition program in addition to the discounted WUE rate. I was accepted to all 10 of the schools I applied to, but after carefully looking at all my options, I chose NAU because it went above and beyond my expectations and offered the WUE rate. Now I do not have to worry about rising tuition costs and can focus more on my future career in the hospitality industry."

    AmyCalifornia residentClass of 2015Northern Arizona University, Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • "I am currently studying business management at Northern Arizona University because of the WUE program. I grew up in a small town in California and I always wanted to be able to explore new things and live in different places. I definitely wanted to go out of state for college. The problem was that out-of-state tuition was too expensive. WUE has allowed me to continue my education out of state and given me an amazing college experience! "

    JosephCalifornia residentClass of 2015Northern Arizona University, Business Management and Pre-Law
  • "The WUE program has allowed me to study in another state without worrying about the debt I will have when I graduate. I am a first generation college student, and money has always been an issue concerning my college education. I am thankful for WUE because it's helped me and many other students to not only better themselves, but make life better for their families. Without WUE, I would have not been able to exceed academically and achieve my professional goal of becoming an environmental engineer."

    ViviannaNevada residentClass of 2014Northern Arizona Univerisity, Environmental Engineering
  • "WUE makes it much more affordable for me to attend college out of state where it's much easier to get the classes I need to graduate within four years."

    KeoniCalifornia residentClass of 2016Northern Arizona University, Forestry
  • "WUE changed my life. I got accepted into an accelerated honors program called ITEC at CSU, Chico. It’s for liberal study majors who aspire to be elementary school teachers. Being from Washington, the price of out-of-state tuition would have been too high for my family and me to afford. However thanks to WUE, I am now at Chico State pursuing my dream to change children’s lives. My gratitude is endless, and words cannot express how blessed I am to be a part of the WUE program."

    ValerieWashington residentClass of 2016California State University, Chico, Liberal Studies
  • "Alaska does not have a nursing PhD program, but thanks to WICHE's WRGP program, I have been able to attend Oregon Health & Science University. I have completed my coursework and now am finishing my dissertation. Without the support of this program, tuition costs would have been prohibitive. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the opportunity WRGP has afforded me to contribute as a nurse scientist and do research in the care of older adults. I look forward to serving my community and my profession as a gerontological nurse educator. "

    KathrynAlaska residentClass of 2014Oregon Health & Science University, Nursing
  • "Before I was awarded the Western Undergraduate Exchange scholarship, I was limited to in-state study because of tuition prices, and none of the schools were the best fit for my academic goals. Thanks to WUE, I am able to attend my dream school -- Western Washington University -- and pursue a concentration along with my degree through the Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies. I am so thankful to be a recipient of this award because it allowed me to attend the college that fits me best. WICHE rocks!"

    LauchlanOregon residentClass of 2016Western Washington University, Environmental Science
  • "I am currently a student at Oregon State University and gratefully enrolled as a WICHE PSEP student. I grew up in Montana wondering how I was going to be able to accomplish my goal of becoming a veterinarian. I started work with the U.S. Forest Service as a firefighter right out of high school, to try and save enough money to pay out-of-state veterinary tuition. Had it not been for WICHE I would still be fighting fires! Thank you Montana for this amazing opportunity. I look forward to returning to my home state of Montana to share my skills with our residents and provide care for their companion animals and livestock. "

    HeatherMontana residentClass of 2015Oregon State University, Veterinary Medicine
  • "WUE makes dreams possible. Without it, I wouldn't have been able to pursue my college aspirations in the manner I had hoped and planned ever since I was in 5th grade. One of my top priorities was to experience a new living environment, meet a more diverse group of people and gain exposure to a variety of educational opportunities not available in my home state. With college costs almost doubling in the past few years, I faced financial constraints which limited my choices. WUE made it possible for me to follow my dreams within my budget. I wake up every day excited -- and grateful -- to be working towards my scholastic goals. It is a competitive program, but worth every effort. I am proud to be a participant and I will always value the opportunity WUE provided me."

    AlexIdaho residentClass of 2016Western Washington University, Biology and Anthropology
  • "After 25 years in the nursing profession, I became motivated to pursue a doctorate-level education. At the time I made this decision there was no DNP program available in my home state of Wyoming. Without WICHE's WRGP program, I would not have been able to fulfill this goal. Given the poor economy, I couldn't afford DNP studies if I had to pay full out-of-state tuition. Now I can offer my patients, colleagues, and community a "new and improved" me! WRGP provides an amazing opportunity for those of us in the Western states to use existing education resources without costly duplication of programs. Thank you for this opportunity!"

    CharlotteWyoming residentClass of 2012University of Utah, Doctor of Nursing
  • "I was passionate about becoming an osteopathic physician, but there are no public universities in my home state of Arizona that offer a D.O. degree. The steep cost of attending a private medical school was a harsh reality of pursuing my dreams of a career as a physician. Receiving PSEP support from WICHE will greatly reduce my debt and it allows me to focus on succeeding in medical school. It also reduces the pressure to go into a higher-paying medical specialty in order to pay off immense student loan debt. I look forward to serving the residents of Arizona who are in need of healthcare, and I am so thankful to WICHE for this invaluable program."

    RachelArizona residentClass of 2016Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • "WICHE's PSEP program gave me the opportunity to enter a healthcare program that isn't available in my home state. I'm studying at one of the best physician assistant programs in the country, and in the future, I'll help improve the wellbeing of the people in my home community. I am extremely grateful to the WICHE program for helping me realize my dream of becoming a skilled physician assistant. I hope the Wyoming legislature will continue to support students through this program, to give them similar life-changing opportunities that this program has given me."

    JessicaWyoming residentClass of 2013University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Physician Assistant
  • "Pursuing an education has always been a high priority, yet so has maintaining control of my finances. It seemed for a time that I was going to have choose between the two options, as private school tuition rates are increasingly high. Thanks to WICHE's PSEP program, I've been able to pursue the education I value so highly while receiving some much appreciated financial assistance that keeps it affordable. I am grateful that the WICHE program is providing opportunities to educate and prepare future healthcare professionals like me for the State of Arizona."

    ElyseArizona residentClass of 2012Midwestern University, Occupational Therapy
  • "I feel so grateful for the opportunity to study medicine at UCSD. WICHE's PSEP has enabled me attend a top-notch medical school and pay a reasonable tuition rate. It's also given me the freedom to choose a specialization based on my own interests and talents, rather than more lucrative specialties that would easily pay off my loans. My interests lie in working with underserved populations, and this would have been difficult to do with a sizable debt load. Thank you so very much to my home state of Montana and WICHE. I promise to make the most of this generous gift."

    BryanMontana residentClass of 2016University of California San Diego, School of Medicine
  • "When I was first looking at different colleges I was only considering schools in my home state. I knew I had a limited budget to work with and private schools were out of my price range. The WUE program allowed me to greatly increase my options. The cost to attend WUE institutions out of state still fell within my budget. Eventually I chose to attend California Maritime Academy; it offers opportunities that no other school on the West Coast has. I am now enrolled in their marine transportation program. Without WUE, I never would have found out about Cal Maritime, and I certainly wouldn't have been able to afford it! I can't stress enough how important this program is to the students who use it. For me personally, a career in the marine transportation industry wouldn't be possible without WUE. "

    RileyWashington residentClass of 2015California Maritime Academy, Marine Transportation
  • "I am completing my doctoral degree in nursing at OHSU and have benefited from WICHE's WRGP discounted tuition since I enrolled. OHSU is one of the top 10 research institutions in the nation, and the finest in my area of expertise. Without WRGP, I could never have considered enrolling at this school. WICHE has enabled me to achieve great success in my field and has set me up to be a leader in nursing research across the nation, not just in my home state. I will be able to change the way we practice healthcare and change the lives of all my patients! It's been an exciting opportunity and I am indebted to the WICHE program for this phenomenal opportunity."

    PaulaWashington residentClass of 2014Oregon Health & Science University, PhD in Nursing
  • "WICHE is one of the best access programs for educating healthcare professionals in the United States. With the rising costs of tuition, housing and other living expenses, the reduced tuition I pay thanks to PSEP is a huge help. The total cost of attendance for four years of optometry school is over $200,000. WICHE support reduces the costs to a much more manageable level. Students really need programs like WICHE; I hope that future healthcare students will have this program available for years to come."

    KyleWyoming residentClass of 2014Southern California College of Optometry
  • "I've always known I wanted to study marine biology, but that's difficult in my land-locked home state. Thus, I began looking at schools on the West Coast and fell in love with Western Washington University. The WUE program allowed me to turn down full-ride scholarships from local universities and study what I was passionate about in the Pacific Northwest, without burdening my parents too much. Without WUE, I'd most likely be pursuing a major that didn't hold my interest and waiting for graduate school. At Western, I have the opportunity to get hands-on experience through engaging labs, study in a university-owned marine center, and even go on study abroad trips to learn about tropical marine biology in Mexico!"

    KaitlynUtah residentClass of 2014Western Washington University, Creative Writing and Marine Biology
  • "WICHE's PSEP has been a great blessing to my optometry career. My home state doesn't have an optometry program, so WICHE was the only affordable option. The financial relief it has provided will also enable me to serve third world countries on missions earlier in my career. I encourage our legislature to continue to support this incredible program. North Dakota's participation in WICHE's PSEP has not only educated one more optometrist to serve the state, but will also provide eye care to many underserved people around the world with the service trips I will be able to take. Thank you for investing in your future healthcare professionals! "

    ChantelNorth Dakota residentClass of 2014Pacific University, College of Optometry
  • "WICHE has been and will continue to be a huge support for me. It has made it possible for me to attend graduate school. I know that I would not be able to do it without the assistance I receive from PSEP. I really like the fact that after graduation I'll work in the State of Arizona in order to repay the help that I received while in school. I would strongly recommend this program to any student considering graduate studies in the healthcare professions."

    RobertArizona residentClass of 2015Midwestern University, Arizona College of Optometry
  • "WICHE's PSEP has allowed me to reduce what I pay in tuition so that I have money for living expenses while I'm in optometry school. The support will make my total loan accumulation lower so that I won't have to spend years in debt. PSEP has made a tremendous difference in my way of life while in optometry school; it's allowed me to focus on my studies and not worry about my financial situation."

    TaraNorth Dakota residentClass of 2014Pacific University, Optometry
  • "I am currently studying at Midwestern University in the Podiatric Medicine program. My wife and I are so grateful for the assistance that WICHE's PSEP has given us. It gives us peace of mind knowing that our indebtedness will be greatly reduced! The stresses of school are many, and it helps to know that we have some financial assistance through this program. Thanks to Utah's participation in WICHE's PSEP, I will soon be the doctor I want to be and can return to Utah to practice. I plan to "pay it forward" as soon as I can! Thanks WICHE! "

    JamesUtah residentClass of 2015Midwestern University, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
  • "After graduating with my optometry degree, I returned to Wyoming and set out to buy a established community practice. My debt-to-income ratio was high, but fortunately not so high that it precluded me from securing a loan to buy my own practice. Thanks to the WICHE PSEP support I received in school, I was able to avoid private loans. Had I been forced to take those private loans, my debt ratio would have been much higher and my business loan would not have been possible. PSEP allowed me to attend my first choice school and come back to Wyoming to serve the people in a rural area. Thank you!"

    J. HazenWyoming residentClass of 2012Pacific University, College of Optometry
  • "Four years ago I decided I wanted to be a physical therapist. My home state doesn't have a physical therapy program at the doctoral level. As I got closer to earning my bachelor's of science in Wyoming, I began thinking about how I was going to pay for graduate school to become a PT. My family and friends told me about WICHE's PSEP. I'm now paying in-state tuition as an out-of-state student at the University of Utah. WICHE's PSEP let's students like me get an advanced degree at an affordable price, stay in the West, and accumulate less debt. I am very thankful for PSEP. It's helping me pay for an education that I will use for the rest of my life."

    DanaWyoming residentClass of 2015University of Utah, Doctorate of Physical Therapy
  • "As the cost of health care rises, so does the cost of obtaining a professional, graduate education. I'm a second-year medical student studying to become a doctor of osteopathic medicine. At the end of my four years, I hope to be able to obtain a residency in emergency medicine. Without Arizona's participation in WICHE's PSEP, the cost of embarking on such endeavor would have been a burden too heavy to bear. Thank you, WICHE, for such a wonderful program. "

    EricArizona residentClass of 2015Touro University-California, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • "A DNP program is not available in my home state of Nevada, which has been one of the hardest hit by the economic crisis. The University of Utah's "distance option" and the resident WRGP tuition rate allowed me to consider furthering my education. Now I'm pursuing my dream of becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner and making a difference in the lives of the kids of Nevada. I am a first generation college graduate in my family, so years ago I never would have dreamed that I would now be preparing a doctorate. Thank you!"

    AngelaNevada residentClass of 2015University of Utah, Doctorate of Nursing Practice
  • "I was thrilled to receive the WRGP resident tuition rate and attend the University of Colorado Boulder. WRGP made it possible for me to go to CU Boulder, where I've received an education that has prepared me well for my field and offered me a broad and thorough perspective that I can take with me wherever I go in the future. I know many other individuals who have also benefited from WICHE student exchange programs and their expressions of gratitude are a testament to the high value of this opportunity. Thank you WICHE!"

    ChristopherNew Mexico residentClass of 2013University of Colorado Boulder, Speech-Language Pathology
  • "Deciding to change my career and become a physician assistant was a huge decision in my life. I knew I wanted to help to provide quality healthcare to others, but wasn't sure how I would be able to afford the career change. At the time, Arizona did not have any state school PA programs. WICHE made my dreams a reality and allowed me to pursue my education goals. I am so excited about becoming a physician assistant, and am very greatful that WICHE has programs to assistant students like myself who may have not been able to go to school otherwise."

    ChristineArizona residentClass of 2013Midwestern University, Physician Assistant
  • "I was awarded WICHE PSEP support after I had started physician assistant school; I was very grateful as it helped a tremendous amount. PA school is very costly and it helped reduce the amount of loans I needed. I had good communication with the local office and had no problem fulfilling the service payback requirement of working with the underserved in my home state of Nevada. I highly recommend the program. "

    PeterNevada residentClass of 2007Midwestern University Glendale, Physician Assistant
  • "I am forever indebted to WICHE's WRGP program for making it possible for me to earn my nursing PhD at the University of Utah. With its faculty expertise in oncology and palliative care, the University of Utah's College of Nursing was THE perfect fit for my clinical background and research interests. The money I saved through WRGP helped me off set expenses so I could live in India for nine months to collect data for my dissertation which involves cancer pain management in low and middle income countries. I urge policymakers to encourage our public institutions to continue making graduate programs available to residents through WRGP in the West at the resident tuition rate. It has made a crucial difference in my life, and I am committed to using my doctoral education to improve the health care of our world's most vulnerable people. Thank you for allowing me to participate in this outstanding program. "

    VirginiaArizona residentClass of 2013University of Utah, College of Nursing
  • "The cost of dental school is prohibitive for those of us without the benefit of in-state tuition. The PSEP program has helped me to reach my goals by easing the financial burden of attending school, and by giving me a leg up on the highly competitive application process. Thanks to PSEP, I will be able to return to the home I love in Alaska with a world class education and the chance to serve my community. "

    RayAlaska residentClass of 2015Oregon Health and Science University, Dentistry
  • "What a blessing WICHE has been for me and my family as I pursue my medical training in podiatric medicine. It has also given me the time to volunteer in a homeless clinic setting. The people I had the privilege to serve were warm and grateful; their kindness changed me and softened my heart. WICHE PSEP support has played a critical role in helping me manage financial matters in my home and I want to extend my appreciation to the State of Utah for offering this program to its residents."

    JohnUtah residentClass of 2014Midwestern University, Podiatric Medicine
  • "I am studying to become an optometrist at the Southern California College of Optometry. My home state of Wyoming does not have a optometry school, so my only options were out-of-state. WICHE drastically reduces tuition, which makes attending school much more affordable. And, I'll graduate with less student loan debt compared to other students. I am the first member of my family to attend post-graduate school, and I would like to thank the WICHE program for helping make my dreams a reality! I am excited to graduate and go back to serve the wonderful people of Wyoming. "

    AshleyWyoming residentClass of 2016Southern California College of Optometry
  • "North Dakota does not have an optometry program so my options were an excessively expensive private school or high out-of-state tuition. WICHE's PSEP has made my optometry studies much more affordable so I can practice where I want (hopefully in a rural area), instead of having to find a high paying job in an urban area to pay off my loans. I greatly appreciate the WICHE funding I receive. "

    KarieNorth Dakota residentClass of 2015Pacific University, College of Optometry
  • "I've wanted a master's in urban design for years now, and the reduced tuition through WICHE's WRGP made it financially feasible for me to further my education. I am attending the University of Colorado at Denver, and if it wasn't for the resident rate I pay by enrolling through WRGP, I wouldn't be here. I am so grateful for this opportunity, and I hope many other students take advantage of this wonderful program."

    SamanthaCalifornia residentClass of 2013University of Colorado Denver, Master of Urban Design
  • "As an Arizona native and graduate of Arizona State University, I have an intangible love for my home state. I worked full time throughout my undergraduate studies in order to support myself. I'm elated to be able to continue my education in my home state thanks to the support I have through the Professional Student Exchange Program. It allows me to concentrate on my medical education without having to worry about the incredible financial burden that I might otherwise incur. I look forward to staying in the glorious Grand Canyon State and taking care of my fellow Arizonans while practicing emergency medicine."

    MatthewArizona residentClass of 2013Midwestern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • "I have been a professional boat captain for seven years. I am paying for school myself, without help or assistance from outside sources. I never imagined being able to afford to go back to school until I heard of the WUE program. I wanted to attend California Maritime Academy for several years and thanks to WUE, it became reality. With the degree and license I will receive, I'll be able to secure the job of my dreams. I never could have done it without the immense help and support of WICHE. Thank you so much. "

    BrianHawai'i residentClass of 2016California Maritime Academy, Marine Transportation
  • "Being from Alaska, I've been around boat and the water my whole life. I looked into Cal Maritime for maritime studies, and didn't think my family could afford it until we found out about the WUE scholarship. It was the deciding factor in making my education at Cal Maritime possible. Thanks to WUE, I'll get to fulfill my dream of working on the water anywhere in the world."

    SanfordAlaska residentClass of 2016California Maritime Academy, Maritime Studies
  • "The WUE program has provided an affordable option for my college studies. My options for majors were limited since my home state has only one university, so studying out-of-state was the best solution for me. WUE has allowed me to attend an excellent school and pursue a field of study that interests me, and graduate with less debt."

    AshleyWyoming residentClass of 2013Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Metallurgical Engineering
  • "I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity that the WICHE PSEP program has provided me with throughout medical school. The reduced tuition has allowed me to focus on my education without having to worry about accumulating an overwhelming amount of debt. I can't say enough about how amazing the program has been for me. The process has been easy every year, and I would not have been able to afford medical school without it. Thank you!"

    A. BaconArizona residentClass of 2014Western University of Health Sciences, Osteopathic Medicine
  • "I am originally from New Mexico. The school I received my bachelor's from didn't offer the graduate program I needed to fulfill my educational goals. Instead, I set my sights on a program at Southern Oregon University and WRGP made it affordable. My time out of state has expanded my worldview and changed my life for the better. Thank you WRGP for supporting my dreams!"

    JubileeNew Mexico residentClass of 2014Southern Oregon University, Mental Health Counseling
  • "The WUE program is helping me to reach my goals. Without it I would not be able to study at one of the top research institutions in the nation and pursue my dream of becoming a doctor. Thank you!"

    JoshIdaho residentClass of 2014University of Utah, Biology
  • "WRGP has helped me achieve my academic and professional goals. If it weren't for the reduced tuition I pay by enrolling through WRGP, I wouldn't have been able to attend my school of first choice, the University of Arizona. The U of A has one of the best public health programs but out-of-state tuition is extremely high and my chances of going there were slim if I didn't get some sort of financial help. I am currently in my first year of MPH studies and loving it."

    RachelCalifornia residentClass of 2014University of Arizona, Master's of Public Health with a concentration in Public Health Policy and Management
  • "The WUE scholarship is one of the most important programs I have ever been apart of. The nonresident tuition for California Maritime Academy is drastically higher than the in-state rate. Thanks to the reduced WUE tuition, I can feasibly pursue my passion without amassing astronomical student loan debt. The maritime industry transcends state lines and I am happy that WUE provides a means for students in the West to pursue studies in this area."

    ThorWashington residentClass of 2016California Maritime Academy, Marine Transportation
  • "I'm not sure how I ever would have been able to pay for Cal Maritime's out-of-state tuition. With WUE, I was able to save a lot of money and attend this school at a reasonable price. Thanks to WUE, my education is more affordable."

    BrandonHawai'i residentClass of 2016California Maritime Academy, Mechanical Engineering
  • "I just finished my first quarter at Midwestern University's Arizona College of Optometry. I am so grateful for WICHE's PSEP program! It has helped me so much financially; I don't have to stress as much about taking out a lot of student loans because of it. I'm so excited to continue to pursue this career! Thanks WICHE!"

    CatherineArizona residentClass of 2016Midwestern University, Arizona College of Optometry
  • "With the help of the WICHE-PSEP program and the generosity of the State of Hawai'i, I am able to pursue my dream of becoming a physical therapist. WICHE made it possible for me to attend a nationally-ranked program without excessive financial burden. Thanks to PSEP, I've been able to devote my time to becoming the best healthcare professional I can be without worrying about money. It's been a blessing to discover what life is like miles away from home, but I look forward to returning to Hawai'i and serving the island community. I greatly appreciate Hawai'i's support and will continue to make the most of this opportunity. The WICHE program is invaluable, and I urge all those who are eligible to apply. It’s always encouraging to know that you have people who believe in you and want to see you succeed."

    NicoleHawai'i residentClass of 2014Regis University, Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • "I come from a family of five children. Growing up my parents constantly stressed the importance and value of acquiring an education beyond high school. Currently, all of us have achieved an undergraduate degree and several of us are pursuing professional degrees as well. Needless to say, money has always been a struggle for my parents who are constantly trying to help support all of our educational aspirations. When I decided I wanted to study veterinary medicine, I thought that being from Montana meant there were no affordable, in-state options for vet school. But then I learned about WICHE's PSEP program. Honestly, attending vet school would be impossible without the WICHE support I receive each year from Montana. It has truly changed my life! I am currently in my third year of school at CSU and I am loving every minute of it. I am so incredibly thankful for the funding I receive that no words can even come close to expressing my overwhelming gratitude for this program. "

    LauraMontana residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • "The California Maritime Academy is one of seven maritime academies and the only one on the West Coast. Cal Maritime offers very distinct and focused disciplines of study. I was interested in political science, international relations, and ocean security when I was looking at colleges as a senior in high school. Cal Maritime had a program that met ALL my interests and all rolled into one four-year program -- something my home state universities didn't have. I thought I couldn't afford to attend because of the high out-of-state tuition costs. Luckily, I was awarded WICHE's WUE discount and that made it feasible. I encourage our Western legislators to continue supporting WICHE student exchange programs to help students who can't get their major in their home state. Without WICHE I would not be a cadet at Cal Maritime, receiving a degree in global studies and maritime affairs. "

    EmilyWashington residentClass of 2015California Maritime Academy, Global Studies & Maritime Affairs
  • "WRGP made my graduate professional education possible. As a California native, there are not many CEPH-accredited public health programs in the state; my choices were limited and tuition rates are increasing by double digits because of the economic crisis. I wanted to attend a reputable CEPH-accredited program out of state and was resigned to the idea that I would be saddled with a truly burdensome debt. When I discovered the University of Arizona's School of Public Health and the fact that they participated in WRGP, I knew my career goals could become a reality. The reduced WRGP tuition has allowed me to attend a nationally ranked school of public health and has significantly eased the heavy financial burden that too many well-intentioned students must carry for years to come."

    JonathanCalifornia residentClass of 2014University of Arizona, Master's of Public Health - Epidemiology
  • "I am a resident of Montana and am currently studying medicine at the University of North Dakota School. Montana does not have a medical school and most medical schools have limited spots for out of state students. Thanks to WICHE's PSEP, I was considered for admittance to North Dakota's medical program. Enrolling at UND has also allowed me the opportunity to stay in a rural state, and with lower debt I will have more freedom in choosing my specialty. I want to return to my home state to practice medicine. I believe that WICHE PSEP support has a huge impact on the future of the medical community in rural states. "

    CharlesMontana residentClass of 2016University of North Dakota, School of Medicine
  • "I am studying veterinary medicine at WSU. My home state does not have a veterinary school and given the tremendous financial load that most professional students carry, WICHE's PSEP program was the only way to go. The opportunity has been a blessing and a relief! Though cost is still a concern, with this program I can become a veterinarian and then give back to my home state of New Mexico that helped me achieve my goal. Programs such as this help me realize how important it is to encourage and help students who might let the high cost of education keep them from pursuing their dreams. Thank you!"

    LoganNew Mexico residentClass of 2014Washington State University, Veterinary Medicine
  • "Growing up in Montana, I always knew I wanted to get out and explore the diverse experiences available in a bigger city and state. WRGP made it possible for me to attend graduate school in Washington where I am already gaining valuable opportunities that will shape my career as a speech-language pathologist. Without the support of WRGP, my goal of going out of state to obtain my master's wouldn't have been possible. When I graduate, my debt load will be much lighter and that will allow me to provide services in the areas of early intervention and the public school system. I am blessed to call Montana home and plan on returning in the future to work with children with communication disorders."

    KellyMontana residentClass of 2014Eastern Washington University, Speech-Language Pathology
  • "I was fortunate to receive WUE as an undergrad at Mesa State College and then to receive PSEP support as a graduate student at Regis University. I grew up in Wyoming where there is no Doctor of Physical Therapy program, so I didn't have the option to study in my home state. When I interviewed at Regis, I knew it was the place for me, but the cost of private Jesuit education is extremely expensive and I knew I couldn't go there without help. I was overjoyed when I received word from WICHE that I was funded and could go to the school of my dreams! I feel much less pressure now to take a job after graduation that simply pays well because I'm buried in debt. I owe so much to WICHE's WUE and PSEP programs. Without them I would never be getting the wonderful education that I am today. I encourage Wyoming legislators to continue funding PSEP to keep professional education affordable."

    SarahWyoming residentClass of 2014Regis University
  • "I am a Wyoming girl, born and raised, and am currently in my clinical year at ISU's physician assistant program. I am beyond grateful for WICHE's PSEP program and the state's assistance in my medical education. I commend the Wyoming WICHE certifying officers for their assistance during the application process; they are personable and very knowledgeable. I am so thankful that Wyoming is committed to providing professional education opportunities for its residents. With WICHE support significantly decreasing my debt, I will be able to provide quality healthcare with less financial strain. I am proud to represent my state and want to pay it forward when I begin my own practice in Wyoming. I want to express my deep gratitude to legislators who are committed to providing funding for this program. I vehemently urge our legislature and policymakers to maintain and increase WICHE PSEP funding. You have truly made a difference in my life!"

    NikkiWyoming residentClass of 2013Idaho State University, Physician Assistant Studies
  • "I'm studying speech and language pathology at Eastern Washington University. I was enrolled as WUE student for my undergraduate studies and now and am enrolled through WGRP for grad school. I am the first in my family to receive a bachelor's, and now a master's. With student loans alone, I couldn't afford graduate school. Thanks to the low resident tuition rate I get through WRGP, I'll have an amazing career that I love, and I'll be able to help people for the rest of my life! I'm so glad that Idaho's a WICHE state, and so thankful that EWU's speech and language pathology program participates in such a life-changing tuition reciprocity program! "

    BrookeIdaho residentClass of 2014Eastern Washington University, Speech and Language Pathology
  • "When I began the DNP program at the University of Utah, I was still paying off my student loans for my BSN and MSN. WICHE's WRGP program has allowed me to pursue my DNP without significantly increasing my existing debt load. In addition, I'm also an educator at the university level so my earning power is lower now than it was when I was practicing in the public sector. Adding another degree and its financial obligations to my decreased salary is a great concern. WRGP has allowed me to do what I need and want to do, as I am setting an example for my children and my students. "

    JasonIdaho residentClass of 2013University of Utah, Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • "PSEP has been a huge help to make attending veterinary school affordable. Since my home state of Arizona doesn't have a veterinary school, going to an out-of-state school was the only option. Nonresident tuition and the other added expenses are extremely high, so I was very grateful to have WICHE's PSEP support. Now I am able to attend school without having to worry quite as much about money and I can focus on my studies. "

    LaurenArizona residentClass of 2016Colorado State University, Veterinary Medicine
  • "Knowing that WICHE's PSEP was available to me as a financial aid resource was an important factor in applying to physical therapy school. Almost every student preparing a professional graduate degree carries a tremendous burden, as they must borrow tens of thousands of dollars just for tuition alone; not to mention money for rent, food and transportation. Without PSEP I may have had to rethink career options or even delay my schooling. It gave me the confidence that I could financially support myself. I count myself very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a great program with financial support from WICHE. PSEP has reduced my student loan repayment obligations by years, and I appreciate every sacrifice that has made this program possible. "

    DavidWyoming residentClass of 2013University of Utah, Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • "As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a veterinarian. I also knew from a young age that I wanted to attend Colorado State University for my DVM, and when I discovered in high school that CSU was a WICHE school, the possibility that those two dreams could become a reality intensified. WICHE's PSEP is such an amazing opportunity! Vet school is expensive and stressful any way you look at it, but receiving PSEP support relieves part of the financial burden and reduces the stress. I look forward to returning to New Mexico after graduation, to serve my state and show my gratitude for helping me accomplish this life-long goal. "

    BeccaNew Mexico residentClass of 2016Colorado State University, Veterinary Medicine
  • "After years of juggling work, school, and family, I was accepted into pharmacy school. Although I considered the cost of attendance prior to enrolling, I felt overwhelmed when it was time pay tuition. I even began to question my decision to enroll in the program that I had worked so hard to get into. Thankfully, I received notification that I was awarded WICHE PSEP support. Thanks to PSEP, I can more easily focus on my education and becoming the best healthcare professional I can be."

    KeithNevada residentClass of 2015Roseman University of Health Sciences
  • "WICHE's PSEP support is integral to enhancing my experience as I study to become a doctor of veterinary medicine. The idea that I will accrue less debt puts me more at ease and has allowed me to pursue unique experiences and focus more on my studies. I wouldn't be able to take advantage of these opportunities if I had to get an extra job to help offset the increasing tuition costs. Thank you for this wonderful program! "

    RachaelHawai'i residentClass of 2015Colorado State University, Veterinary Medicine
  • "I was born and raised on a ranch in rural Nevada so animals were a huge part of my life growing up. From a very young age I knew I wanted to dedicate my career to improving their health and welfare. Nevada does not have a veterinary program so completing my education in my home state was not possible. However, thanks to WICHE’s PSEP, I was able to pursue my dream profession at Colorado State University. Without WICHE, I would not have been able to afford it. PSEP made my life-long dream come true! I hope that our legislators will continue to appreciate how important the program is for so many students, and that they'll continue to provide funding to build Nevada's healthcare workforce."

    MoriahNevada residentClass of 2016Colorado State University, Veterinary Medicine
  • "While living in Wyoming I'd wanted to go to graduate school for urban design for several years, but our state institution doesn't offer such a program. This forced me to look outside which meant high out-of-state tuition prices. I had to decide if these high costs were worth it in an uncertain economy. I was accepted to UC Denver's urban design program before they were granted WRGP status. Fortunately, the program was approved and I immediately sent in my acceptance to the school. I wouldn't be in school right now if it weren't for WICHE's WRGP program and their effort to make graduate studies affordable. WICHE opens up opportunities for Western students that might otherwise not be there."

    JasonWyoming residentClass of 2013University of Colorado Denver, Master's of Urban Design
  • "My home state did not offer a master's program in health physics. Through WICHE's WRGP, I was able to look at other schools in the West and decided on Colorado State University. I am now enrolled in one of the leading health physics programs in the country!"

    BrittNew Mexico residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Radiological Health Sciences - Health Physics
  • "WICHE's PSEP played a critical role in giving me preferential admission to get accepted into physical therapy school. The certification process was simple, and having the reduced tuition is really helpful."

    RobertWyoming residentClass of 2015University of North Dakota, Doctorate of Physical Therapy
  • "I applied to graduate school in Colorado thinking that I was an in-state resident since I was already living and working here. When I saw my first tuition bill I was horrified. It turned that I was just short of a full year to be classified as a resident, and there was no way that I could be able to pay the out-of-state tuition. I was crushed when I realized that I would have to give up this great opportunity because I couldn’t possibly add that much more debt to the undergraduate loans I was still trying to pay off. Fortunately, I realized that I qualified for WRGP because I was still considered a California resident. Now I'm back on track and have the opportunity to earn my master's in urban design, and make the connections that I need to start my design career. None of this would be feasible without WICHE's WRGP."

    AllisonCalifornia residentClass of 2013University of Colorado, Denver
  • "I'm the oldest of four children from a middle class family. We have never been able to set aside substantial funds for my education, but my parents always supported my dream of becoming a veterinarian. As a first-generation college graduate, I realized I could become a veterinarian, given the proper financial support. WICHE's PSEP was the key. Arizona does not have a public university offering veterinary medicine, and any school I applied to would charge me out-of-state tuition. The loans would have been enormous and would have deterred me from following my professional dream. I am so grateful for the opportunity to study veterinary medicine. I believe the Arizona state legislature should continue to support students through WICHE's PSEP so other students can pursue professional careers in the healthcare field."

    SamanthaArizona residentClass of 2016Colorado State University
  • "Because Montana has no medical school, I had to go out of state for my physician studies. It was only through the WICHE PSEP program that I received preferential admission to UND, and WICHE support has reduced my tuition and decrease my loans by almost 30 percent. I am so thankful for my home state of Montana's funding through WICHE. I plan to return to serve as a physician in a rural Montana hospital following my graduation and residency. Thank you for making my career possible!"

    HannahMontana residentClass of 2016University of North Dakota, School of Medicine
  • "By the time I graduate from this program, WRGP will have saved me upwards of $20,000! I could not be happier to have had this opportunity and hope it continues for students like me in the future. And applying for the WRGP resident rate at Mines was extremely simple. It's the best!"

    IanUtah residentClass of 2014Colorado School of Mines, Geological Engineering
  • "Being a first generation college student for both my undergraduate degree and my professional studies, it has always been a constant struggle of what I can and cannot afford. With tuition costs increasing every year, taking on the burden of student loan debt is daunting. Thanks to the generosity of programs such as WICHE's PSEP, I have been allowed the opportunity to pursue a career in pharmacy. I encourage my home state to continue supporting students through PSEP, so that future generations can also follow their dreams without taking on excessive financial burden."

    MikaelNevada residentClass of 2013Roseman University of Health Sciences, Pharmacy
  • "WICHE gave me the financial means to attend veterinary school. It also gave me preferential admission and I wasn't required to travel for any interviews which saved me time and expense in travel and lost wages. I would like to thank the taxpayers of Montana for supporting me through WICHE. What I will bring back in veterinary service to my home state will be worth every penny. WICHE's PSEP is a good investment for the State of Montana."

    RyanMontana residentClass of 2016Oregon State University, Veterinary Medicine
  • "I am currently studying optometry in Fullerton, California at one of the best schools in the country. Without a doubt, the WICHE program helped make this possible. With its preferred admission benefits, I was able to choose between two excellent schools, and I chose SCCO. Not only did WICHE's PSEP help me with admission, but it has made my schooling affordable for my wife and me. I absolutely encourage my home state of Wyoming to continue with the WICHE program to help other Wyoming residents become healthcare professionals. "

    NikalousWyoming residentClass of 2016Southern California College of Optometry
  • "I am currently studying optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry. My home state, Utah does not have a public O.D. program, so WICHE's PSEP made graduate school affordable. Thanks to this wonderful program, I am able to attend my dream school, live in southern California, and pursue my dream career. PSEP made all my dreams come true! "

    SongUtah residentClass of 2016Southern California College of Optometry
  • "WICHE PSEP support is one of the main reasons I was able to apply to and financially justify going to veterinary school to achieve my dream of becoming a veterinarian. I applied to some of the best vet schools in the country and was admitted and funded through the WICHE program. I was able to choose the school that fit me the best, instead of settling for a program based only on affordability. I've been in vet school for over a year now and am having the time of my life!"

    JanaWyoming residentClass of 2015Washington State University, Veterinary Medicine
  • "One of the biggest worries for prospective and enrolled graduate students is funding. WRGP opens doors by providing out-of-state-students with in-state tuition. This makes graduate studies far more affordable and gives students from the West some level of preferential admission. The money I've saved by enrolling through WRGP has allowed me to put that savings towards research, attending conferences, and networking; taking advantage of these opportunities are imperative for me to become a successful professional. I'm sure I speak for many in expressing my appreciation for this program. WRGP has allowed me to pursue my goals of providing mental health services to combat veterans, many of whom I served with in the Iraq War."

    Christian, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Combat Veteran)California residentClass of 2017University of Colorado Denver, Clinical Health Psychology, PhD
  • "The WRGP reduced tuition rate made it affordable to enroll in the online DOT education program offered through the University of Utah's Occupational Therapy Division. I pay resident tuition instead of nonresident so my family's lifestyle and finances are not significantly affected. I am excited about this great opportunity. I am able to continue working and live with my family while studying for a much desired degree. I plan to look for a faculty position in the near future and want to continue sharing my love for occupational therapy with students."

    SheriWyoming residentClass of 2013Unversity of Utah, Occupational Therapy Doctorate
  • "I taught middle school Spanish in Wyoming for a few years, and heard about Utah State University's Second Language Teaching graduate program. Without the WRGP discounted tuition available through WICHE, I would have had to wait much longer to save enough to leave my job and pursue my graduate studies. WRGP made it possible for me to immediately enter the program and acquire the skills that I hope will be beneficial to second language learners for years to come. "

    KyleWyoming residentClass of 2013Utah State University
  • "Due to the tuition reduction provided by WUE, I was able to attend school at CSU in Fort Collins, CO. I am very interested in the environmental impact that humans have on our environment and in improving ways of quantifying this impact. By attending school at CSU, I was able to meet many high-profile researchers and scientists working in this field. I worked in a research lab for four years and then was given an opportunity to work on remote-sensing technologies being developed for the next generation of NASA satellites while being paid to obtain my master's degree. This technology is exactly what I wanted to work on, as it provides a means of accurately measuring the levels of the ocean and large inland bodies of water globally."

    ThaddeusAlaska residentClass of 2012Colorado State University, Electrical Engineering
  • "Montana lacks a veterinary school but WICHE's PSEP program makes it possible for me to attend WSU and pay only resident tuition. The support fee provided by Montana on my behalf cuts my student debt in half! Less student debt means I can afford to return to Montana after graduation and have a veterinary practice. Thank for you giving me this opportunity!"

    ArianaMontana residentClass of 2015Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "I just finished my first year of veterinary school at Colorado State University. Since my home state of Wyoming does not have a veterinary college, I was fortunate enough to be sponsored by my state through the WICHE program. This program has allowed me to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. When I think of my classmates who are paying out-of-state tuition, I am so thankful that I have the WICHE program to help me keep my student loans to a reasonable amount. Even though Wyoming does not require WICHE students to return to the state after graduation, I plan on returning anyway because I want to give back to the state that has given me so much. I hope the legislators continue to support this invaluable program, even in these tough economic times."

    AmandaWyoming resident2015Colorado State University, Veterinary Medicine
  • "WICHE gave me a second chance. I took on a lot of undergraduate debt, assuming it would be the end of my formal education. When I finally discovered that I would like to pursue a pharmacy career, it was two years and three majors later. However, the cost of pharmacy school seemed prohibitive everywhere I turned. Fortunately, WICHE made the financial burden of pharmacy school bearable. Without WICHE I would have been forced to find menial jobs after graduation in order to pay off my student loans. WICHE's PSEP has allowed me to work towards my greatest potential. For that, I am forever grateful."

    SeanHawai'i residentClass of 2013University of the Pacific, Doctor of Pharmacy
  • "WICHE has helped me so much. Words can not explain the gratitude I feel for receiving PSEP support. I will graduate in 2012 without the feeling of drowning in debt for a lifetime. I can begin a job without the pressure of paying back as many loans while my husband and I are starting a family. Thank you so much, WICHE!"

    BrianneWyoming residentClass of 2012Colorado State University Veterinary School, Veterinary Medicine
  • "I attended Colorado State University and studied veterinary medicine. New Mexico, my home state, does not have a veterinary school. The WICHE PSEP program allowed me to pay in-state tuition at an out-of-state school. Veterinarians have a difficult time repaying student loans because of the high cost of education versus the low annual income. Had it not been for WICHE, I would not have been able to afford to go to veterinary school because the loans would have been too high to pay off in a reasonable amount of time (I am in my thirties). Thank you WICHE for all you do for your students! I hope that our New Mexico legislators will continue to support this program. "

    KimberlyNew Mexico residentClass of 2012Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "I am from Taos and have wanted to be a veterinarian since I was a little girl. New Mexico does not have a veterinary school, but thanks to WICHE's PSEP I have been able to attend one of the best schools in the nation at an affordable price. I am so thankful. WICHE's program has truly made my dreams a reality!"

    LilyNew Mexico residentClass of 2015Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "I was born and raised in Nevada, and unfortunately there is not a veterinary program available in my state. Thanks to WICHE’s PSEP, I was able to pursue my dream profession at Colorado State University at an affordable price. The value of this program cannot be expressed in words! I implore the legislators to continue to support this great program. Not only is it allowing students to get an education and become professionals, it's also making dreams to come true."

    KimberlyNevada residentClass of 2012Colorado State University, Veterinary Medicine
  • "My top choice for veterinary school was Colorado State University. Being from Montana, paying out-of-state tuition influenced my ability to attend. When I was accepted as a WICHE PSEP student, I was ecstatic! Going to CSU was a dream come true, and I am excited to return to Montana after graduation to practice. I strongly encourage our Montana legislators to continue support for this valuable program. Thank you Montana for giving me this opportunity!"

    CarsynMontana residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "I have wanted to be a veterinarian since I was in fourth grade. Thanks to the WICHE's PSEP, I am able to afford to go to veterinary school at Colorado State University. Nowadays, the cost of attending veterinary school is prohibitive to out-of-state students who aren't lucky enough to have been born millionaires. Without the support that the WICHE program offers, I might not have been able to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. I strongly urge our voters and legislators to continue supporting PSEP. It is a wonderful way to not only encourage continuing education for people who otherwise might not have the chance for it but also to support more professionals, who will have a vested interest in helping to improve our state and share their knowledge and expertise with their communities."

    Andrea CohenArizona residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Veterinary Medicine
  • "WICHE's PSEP is helping me more than anything to achieve my goal of becoming a small animal veterinarian. Because my home state of Nevada does not have a veterinary school, I had no choice but to attend an out-of-state school for my education. PSEP is allowing me to study at Colorado State University for the in-state cost, which lets me incur significantly less debt. For this I am grateful. Veterinary school is stressful enough without the added financial strain. Thank you, Nevada, for your support of this important program!"

    ChristinaNevada residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Veterinary Medicine
  • "I would not have been able to go to veterinary school without WICHE. The cost of tuition is already ridiculous; add onto that the cost of out-of-state fees and I would have spent the rest of my life paying off loans. While Wyoming does not require me to return after graduation, it is the only place that I would like to live and work."

    John KnudsenWyoming residentClass of 2012Colorado State University, Veterinary Medicine
  • "I am a fourth-year dental student in Arizona and have been part of the WICHE's PSEP for four years. With its help I was able to attend dental school in my home state and at my top-choice program. PSEP has significantly reduced my dental school debt. Because of this I have been able to pursue my goal of working in rural communities and community health centers through external rotations. After graduation my goal is to work as a dental provider in Arizona and continue to serve my community. I am a first-generation graduate student in my family, and without the financial support of the WICHE program, I may not have been able to pursue my education. My family and I are extremely grateful for the WICHE program and the doors it has opened for me. I wholeheartedly support WICHE and encourage legislators to continue this program. It really makes a difference in the lives of students with dreams of becoming healthcare professionals."

    HemaliArizona residentClass of 2012A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health
  • "Becoming a WICHE PSEP student is a blessing. There are no veterinary programs in the state of Hawai'i, and this program made it possible for me to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University at a reduced price. Without this financial assistance, attending CSU would not have been an option. After graduating, I look forward to serving the state of Hawai'i!"

    MaliaHawai'i residentClass of 2015Colorado State University, Veterinary Medicine
  • "The WICHE program made it possible for me to achieve my dream of becoming a doctor of veterinary medicine. I would not have been able to attend veterinary school without this financial assistance--the income for veterinarians is not sufficient to pay back the massive amounts of debt that out-of-state tuition entails. I plan on moving back to Montana and practicing veterinary medicine there, and this would not have been possible without the State of Montana's support. I urge Montana legislators to continue to fund this valuable program that gives Montana residents an affordable DVM education, so that we can return and help cover the shortage of professionals in rural areas the state."

    BenMontana residentClass of 2012Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "I am currently studying veterinary medicine at Colorado State University. As an Arizona student, I am incredibly grateful for WICHE’s financial assistance. Professional program tuition costs have reached such a point that my fellow classmates and I are incredibly aware of the growing nature of our debts. By helping me afford school, WICHE has also secured an excited future veterinarian to return home to the state of Arizona to practice."

    TaylorArizona residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Veterinary Medicine
  • "I am studying natural resources and environmental management at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. I am from California and always wanted to attend school out of state. WICHE allowed me to do this, and for that I am forever grateful. In addition, I was able to enroll in a academic program unlike any available in my home town. This is a great program that allows students to expand their horizons. I hope it continues in the future."

    BillyleeCalifornia resident2012University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Natural Resources and Environmental Management
  • "I’ve always enjoyed working with elders and was very excited to learn about the University of Utah’s graduate gerontology program. I had started the program while living in California; my employer generously provided me with a scholarship to continue my education through their online program. However, I had to leave my job and move to Colorado with only two semesters left. I was very concerned about how I would be able to afford to finish my studies. I was very thankful to learn about WICHE's WRGP program. I couldn’t have continued my program without it! I’m looking forward to making a difference in the lives of elders!"

    JulieColorado residentClass of 2012University of Utah
  • "Being a WICHE recipient has made it possible for me to attend dental school. I don't know that I could feed my family if I had not received this support. Without this aid I would be spending more on tuition this year than I did on my house! I am excited to practice my profession in Arizona and give back to the community and state that has given so much to me."

    CharlesArizona residentClass of 2014A. T. Still University/Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Dentistry
  • "WICHE funding has enabled me to attend the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health so that I may become a community dentist. My aspirations have always been toward public health, but that road was a difficult one to consider after I learned about the high cost of attending dental school. WICHE's PSEP made that decision so much easier by alleviating some of those costs. I am very grateful for the opportunity this has granted me. I look forward to aiding underserved communities in Arizona as a public health dentist!"

    MaryamArizona residentClass of 2015 A. T. Still University/Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Dentistry
  • "I am from New Mexico and attend ASDOH through WICHE's PSEP. In addition to being one of the states that does not have a dental school, New Mexico is ranked 49th in the nation for the number of dentists per capita. New Mexico needs dentists who are willing to work in underserved areas to provide optimal patient care. ASDOH graduates culturally competent and community-responsive dentists – exactly what New Mexico needs. WICHE's PSEP is essential to making it affordable for New Mexican students to attend dental school and return to serve fellow New Mexicans. I am grateful to WICHE for helping make dental school possible."

    ElizabethNew Mexico residentClass of 2015Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, Dentistry
  • "I’m a junior in the respiratory care program at Oregon Tech from Puyallup, WA. WUE made it possible for me to finance my education and pursue the career that I’ve always wanted. My class sizes are small, my professors know me by name, and I won’t graduate with a lot of debt. Attending college out of state has been a great experience, and the WUE program made it affordable for me."

    TiaraWashington residentClass of 2013Oregon Tech, Respiratory Care
  • "Montana does not have a dental school, so I had to go out of state to pursue my professional endeavors. I am very fortunate to receive help through WICHE's Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) because the funding has helped me cover part of the cost of my dental education. Unlike many of my peers (including several students from Montana), I will not have an overwhelming amount of school loans when I graduate; thus, I will be in the position to return to Montana and provide oral health services to our underserved populations. PSEP is an invaluable program that not only helps students finance their professional education but also encourages them to return to their home state and provide needed services to their communities. Thank you, WICHE, for giving me the opportunity to pursue my career goals."

    JonnaMontana residentClass of 2013Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Doctor of Dental Medicine
  • "PSEP has been a great help to me and my family, as I forge through the difficulties of dental school. I would like to thank the Arizona Board of Regents for their support of postgraduates like myself. Knowing that I can obtain the schooling I need to support my family and make a difference in the lives of others while being helped financially by the State of Arizona has been a very comforting thing. The debt that I accrue to obtain my education will be astronomical. I cannot imagine how much of an added burden this would be had I not received this much needed supplementation. I have had the opportunity already to use the skills I have learned to benefit the lives of an underseved population in the remote jungles of Mexico. Getting this small taste of the joy my education can bring into my life and the lives of those I serve has been priceless. I thank WICHE for this blessing, and I hope that it will continue to bless other postgraduates in the future."

    DarrenArizona residentClass of 2013Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Dentistry
  • "I appreciate this program for the flexibility it has offered me and my family. I needed to get an official endorsement for being a teacher of the visually impaired, which is not offered in the State of Alaska. I have a family and a job, so leaving the state was really not an option. Portland State University is one of only three online programs that would allow me to get my endorsement and not leave Alaska. WRGP solidified my decision to study with PSU: it made my pursuit affordable, and I did not need to pay for housing or leave my family. I could also continue to serve the visually impaired community in my state through my job. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. "

    PhillisAlaska residentClass of 2013Portland State University, Teacher of the Visually Impaired
  • "I am a husband and father of two and extremely thankful for the support WICHE's PSEP has provided. As a native of Arizona, I look forward to serving our communities as a physician assistant upon graduation. Arizona is demonstrating that it values education through such programs. I hope others will have the chance to benefit, as I have."

    AndrewArizona residentClass of 2013A.T. Still University/Arizona School of Health Sciences, Physician Assistant
  • "I am currently in the Physician Assistant Program at A.T. Still University/Arizona School of Health Sciences. WICHE has helped with the tremendous cost associated with private schooling. I used my entire GI Bill funding for my undergrad education, and I'm very thankful that WICHE has allowed me to continue my professional education with greatly reduced debt. Thank you so much for such a wonderful program!"

    KevinArizona residentClass of 2013A.T. Still University, Physician Assistant
  • "This is the most amazing and generous program. WICHE has made it possible for me to go to graduate school for occupational therapy and to not incur nearly as much debt. Through the program nearly half of my tuition was covered for 2.5 years. I can't even begin to explain how helpful that is. I now have a solid profession where I can help people, and I don't have to spend my entire life paying down loans with high interest rates and principal. I now can build my future. Thank you, Arizona! "

    MariettaArizona residentClass of 2012A.T. Still University, Occupational Therapy
  • "I am studying medicine at Touro University in Nevada and am enrolled through WICHE's PSEP. My home state did not have a medical school, and with WICHE I am able to attend medical school out of state at a low cost. I encourage legislators to continue to support the WICHE programs, which allow many students the opportunity to expand their educational experiences at an affordable cost. I plan to return to Montana as an ob-gyn and provide healthcare to an ever-growing state that is in need of young physicians. Thank you for this opportunity and support; without the financial aide I would not have been able to pursue my dreams!"

    MalloryMontana residentClass of 2012Touro University, Nevada
  • "I am a physician assistant (PA) student at A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ. My home state of Wyoming did not have a PA program, so I had to enroll out of state. WICHE’s PSEP has made attending PA school affordable. It has cut my tuition expenses dramatically. I am very grateful to this program. Without it, it would have been difficult for me to attend graduate school. It is my desire to come back to Wyoming to practice and return the investment made in me. I urge our legislators to continue to support this wonderful program."

    AshleyWyoming residentClass of 2013A.T. Still University/Arizona School of Health Sciences, Physician Assistant
  • "WICHE support afforded me the opportunity to attend physical therapy school. I come from Hawaii, a state without a DPT program. The wonderful WICHE program gave me the opportunity to receive a great education in Arizona, something that would have otherwise been a significant financial hardship for my entire family. I have since graduated with a doctorate degree, am currently practicing in the profession that I love, and am now in the position to give back to my community. Thank you, WICHE!"

    KimberlyHawai'i residentClass of 2010A.T. Still University, Physical Therapy
  • "I will be the first person in my family to graduate from college, and the Western Undergraduate Exchange has helped me tremendously! WUE helped so much with my tuition cost; if I'd had to pay the entire out-of-state fee, it would've almost doubled my cost, and my parents don't make enough to cover the extra fees. Now I can finally go to school without taking out any loans, so I won't be in debt when I get out. I am so thankful for WICHE’s Western Undergraduate Exchange!"

    DemitriusWashington residentClass of 2015Lewis-Clark State College, Hospitality Management
  • "I am attending dental school at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, and part of the reason is because of the wonderful opportunity that the WICHE program provides. The State of New Mexico does not have a dental school, so the WICHE program helps to make the tuition affordable. I am truly grateful to be a part of this program and hope to continue to be for the remainder of my time in dental school. Thank you very much!"

    JordanNew Mexico residentClass of 2015Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Doctor of Dental Medicine
  • "I am a North Dakota resident, and am blessed to be receiving financial assistance through WICHE's PSEP to attend optometry school in Oregon. The support has been integral to my ability to pursue my dream of becoming an optometrist. I will be in less student loan debt when I graduate, and this will free me to pursue advanced residency training and private-practice optometry. I am incredibly thankful to PSEP."

    KelciNorth Dakota residentClass of 2013Pacific University Oregon, Optometry
  • "Earning a doctorate, becoming a university professor, and assisting others to become excellent teachers, these have been lifelong dreams – for many years just pipe dreams, due to the cost of higher education. Unfortunately, Washington State does not offer a Ph.D. program in special education of low-incidence populations, so I had started looking at out-of-state programs, which were prohibitively expensive. I am now attending a university in Colorado and receiving a top-rate education in my field that I would otherwise never have been able to afford. WRGP has made this possible, and I am deeply grateful for this opportunity that I have been given. Thank you so much."

    ChristineWashington residentClass of 2014University of Northern Colorado, Special Education/Visual Impairment
  • "WUE has helped me be able to attend a second year of college with less stress because I no longer work full time (just part time). That's increasing my grades and improving my college education."

    MacaulayOregon residentClass of 2012lCSC Lewiston Idaho, Collision Repair
  • "Washington State doesn't not have a professional program for teachers of children with visual impairments. Because this is a unique educational niche, there are only a handful of programs in the entire nation. Not every university or every state can afford to support teacher preparation programs in sensory disabilities because the programs are typically small and don’t always draw enough students to be broadly cost effective. Most students who embark on their master’s or doctoral studies in the field of visual impairments and blindness are actually doing so as a second career. As a full-time teacher with a family and a mortgage, I would not have been able to return to school to pursue either my master's or my doctoral studies without WRGP's support. WRGP is a critical and cost-effective way of sharing resources and ensuring potential teachers have access to high-quality training and education. That, in turn, ensures that schools, parents, and students in the West have access to teachers of children with visual impairments."

    KathrynWashington residentClass of 2014University of Northern Colorado, Special Education - Low Prevalence Disabilities
  • "Without the WUE waiver, I would not be able to go to school here. The atmosphere at this school is the best. I wouldn't want to go anywhere else, and this waiver made it all possible. I'm so thankful that I received it, and I will do everything I can to keep up my hard work. Keeping this waiver is the most important thing to me!"

    ColbyWashington residentClass of 2014Lewis Clark State College, Business Communications
  • "The University of Hawaii has access to resources in East Asia that I would not be able to get anywhere else. However, given the high cost of living in Hawaii, attending school there would have been very difficult. I am married with a kid on the way, so things are tight. The help from WICHE makes it much easier for me to complete my education with the resources I need."

    SteveUtah residentClass of 2015University of Hawaii, Japanese/East Asian Studies
  • "WICHE PSEP has been great. First of all, I got preferential admission simply by being a WICHE-certified student: I got into the best school on my list. When I got to school, some of my classmates' financial aid funds didn't come in as quickly as they anticipated, but WICHE paid my out-of-state tuition difference in a timely manner. This allowed me to fully focus on my first critical weeks as a new dental student, instead of worrying about paying for school. Lastly, my contract is super flexible, allowing me several options to pay back the scholarship in my home state, so it puts me at ease for my future career plans. Thanks, WICHE!"

    BrianArizona residentClass of 2015University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, Dentistry
  • "WICHE's PSEP has made a huge difference in my life. I have known that I wanted to be a dentist since I was 10 years old, but getting to dental school is quite a task, and financing it is even harder. PSEP has helped me realize my goals not only by supporting me financially but also by being a continual reminder that I will one day serve the great state of New Mexico. New Mexico has a tremendous need for dental care, especially in rural and underserved areas. Going into dental school, I knew I wanted to be involved in public health dentistry but didn't know how. For two years WICHE supported me while I attended school at the Oregon Health & Sciences University. However, in April I decided to transfer to the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health to increase my knowledge of public health dentistry. PSEP supported me wholeheartedly through the rocky transition, and the remainder of my scholarship transferred with me. PSEP staffers are dedicated to us students, seeing us through the process of applying to the program and renewing our scholarships, as well as helping us when any unforeseen situations arise. Knowing that PSEP supports me and my decision to better myself gives me security in these unstable economic times. Thank you, PSEP, and all the staff!"

    JPNew Mexico residentClass of 2014A. T. Still University/Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health & Oregon Health & Sciences University, Dentistry
  • "I feel extremely blessed to have received WICHE support. I have a wife and three children, so the amount of money I require is considerably more than a single student. My program is so intense that I would not have been able to work outside of class/clinicals and still do well. My home state does not have a PA program, so I knew that I was headed elsewhere from the very beginning. It was very much in my thoughts to apply to schools that were WICHE participants. I was able to go to a great school with great faculty who care about my education. I strongly urge anyone involved in decisions about WICHE to continue supporting this opportunity. It really makes a difference in the lives of those who are fortunate enough to receive it!"

    JoelWyoming residentClass of 2012A.T. Still University/Arizona School of Health Sciences, Physician Assistant
  • "The WICHE program was one of the reasons I was able to achieve my lifetime goals; without it I would certainly not have been able to attend professional school. Upon my acceptance, the very next question was, "How in the world am I going to pay for it?" My answer was the WICHE program. Since my graduation I have continued on to my Ph.D. in translational science and now work as a research scientist, all thanks to my hard work and WICHE. My lab group is tackling some of the most difficult questions related to obesity and metabolic syndrome. Without the WICHE program, I would most certainly not be where I am today. I cannot say enough good things about this program. It not only benefited me but my family and entire community for generations to come."

    S.R.Arizona residentClass of 2008A.T. Still University School of Health Sciences, Physician Assistant
  • "My parents were not able to finish high school or earn their college degree because they had me at a very young age. They worked hard to give me a life they were not able to have themselves as children. Going to college was the only thing my parents ever asked of me. We are of a lower-income bracket, and I have three younger siblings, and we are all very close in age. We have all graduated or are graduating college. Without WUE there would’ve been no way for me to attend college for financial reasons. I am now in my third semester at Montana Tech. My estimated cost of tuition is around $19,000 because I am out of state. However, with WUE, I am paying about the same as an in-state student. Thanks to WUE I’m able to continue my degree, get a good job, and pay my parents back for every ounce of effort they put forth to raise me and help me get where I am today"

    ShelbyIdaho residentClass of 2015Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Mining Engineering
  • "I've known for years that I wanted to go back to school to pursue my master's degree in OT in Arizona. However, I was hesitant to accrue the debt that goes along with attending a private university. WICHE's PSEP allowed me to study OT in my home state at a private school, while paying the same price I would pay to go to a public university. Having fewer loans means more freedom when I graduate, as well as less stress right now. I can focus more on my school work, and less on finances. Thank you, WICHE, for helping me achieve my academic goal!"

    ShiraArizona residentClass of 2014A.T. Still University/Arizona School of Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy
  • "As a working professional who has already spent a great deal of money to attain a master's degree, I was hesitant to build up more debt at this time in my career. I chose to complete my doctorate in occupational therapy at University of Utah. The WRGP reduced tuition rate has made it financially achievable. I had been searching for the right opportunity for three years, and WRGP tipped the scales for me to do this right now in order to move ahead in my career. WRGP is an incredibly valuable program that makes it possible for students like me, who fund their own education, to return to university. Without it I would not have been able to fulfill my plans to obtain my doctorate. "

    SandraOregon residentClass of 2013University of Utah, Occupational Therapy, Post-professional Doctorate
  • "WUE allowed me to attend school without racking up extreme student loans. After graduating from high school, I received a scholarship for $2,000 a year for four years, but aside from that I was on my own. My parents got divorced when I was young, and because of expenses related to that, they had no money to help me or my brothers with college. The other schools I was looking at in Oregon were too expensive, unless I was going to take out tons of student loans. Lewis-Clark State College looked like a great choice for the price, plus it was highly recommended by my aunt, who had gone there; the only problem with LCSC was the out-of-state fees. Applying through WUE meant I didn't have to pay most of those fees. Without WUE I either might not have gone to college at all or dropped out shortly after starting. WUE made it so that I can work hard in the summers and during the school year and keep my student loans to a minimum. I know of several other people who are in a similar position and wouldn't be able to go to school without WUE, one being my little brother, Jared. I hope that my story and the stories of others will affect any decisions made about WUE. "

    JacobOregon residentClass of 2014Lewis-Clark State College, Elementary Education
  • "WRGP allowed me to find the perfect program match. I could never have paid for my master's in mental health counseling at Southern Oregon University without the in-state tuition that WRGP provides. What a blessing!"

    CraigColorado residentClass of 2013Southern Oregon University, Mental Health Counseling
  • "I graduated from Southern California College of Optometry as a WICHE PSEP student. There is no optometry program in Hawai'i, so I had to leave the islands to go to school in the mainland. The WICHE program gave me the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to venture outside of Hawai'i and attend a great school in an affordable manner. I had an amazing time on the mainland, and I truly believe that my experiences have made me a better doctor today. With rising tuition prices, every little bit of help counts. Thanks to WICHE, I managed to graduate from optometry school debt-free. I was once just a kid from a public school who had a dream of becoming a doctor, and WICHE helped make that dream came true. I am currently in private practice in my hometown, Kaimuki, and have the pleasure of providing much needed healthcare in Hawai'i. I am forever grateful to the WICHE program. I encourage legislators to continue supporting it to help other students reach their goals and to provide Hawai'i with the healthcare it needs for the future."

    RichardHawai'i residentClass of 2011Southern California College of Optometry, Optometry
  • "I'm interested in computer security and information assurance, a field vital to our continued national security. No universities in my home state of Oregon offer a strong program in information assurance, so WUE allowed me to attend one of the leading universities in the field in New Mexico. Not only am I able to attend one of few universities certified by the National Security Administration as a Center for Academic Excellence in both information security education and research, I'm living in a vastly different part of the U.S. than I grew up in."

    JesseOregon residentClass of 2014New Mexico Tech, Computer Science
  • "WUE has been incredibly important to me for so many reasons. It not only allowed me to get away and experience a new region and a new environment, it also allowed me to do this for very little money out of pocket. It has truly been a gift, and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity."

    KaseyCalifornia residentClass of 2015Montana Tech, Biological Sciences/Occcupational Safety and Health
  • "I entered the dental profession with aspirations of helping my community through dental services, as I've been a part of many volunteer activities and witnessed first hand the impact I could have. I have always been passionate about dentistry and strived to gain admittance into dental school so that I could live my dream. Unfortunately, this dream came with a heavy cost. Once I graduate from UoP, I will be over $300,000 dollars in debt. WICHE makes the debt less than it would've been, so that I can worry less about finances and more about my dream of helping out my community. WICHE also allows me to attend a three-year school close to home so that I may return home and practice sooner. There is no question that WICHE is helping me to achieve my dreams of being a dentist and helping out my community. WICHE is an absolute blessing, and I am so thankful to have it in my life."

    SahilArizona residentClass of 2014University of the Pacific School of Dentistry
  • "WICHE is a wonderful program which has allowed me to financially offset the rising costs of doctoral studies. Without WICHE's reduced out-of-state tuition program, I would not be able to afford the tuition. With the continued availability of WICHE's generous support, I plan to graduate with my doctor of nursing practice in December 2012. Thank you, WICHE, for helping me achieve my higher educational goals. The continued education of nursing students will provide an exceptional team of healthcare providers ready to care for our community. I encourage legislators to continue supporting WICHE programs."

    HeleneIdaho residentClass of 2012University of Utah, Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • "I've always dreamed of building an optometry practice, but overcoming the mountain of student debt will be a slow climb when I graduate. WICHE's PSEP has taken a huge chunk out of that financial burden, which will allow me to realize that dream much sooner than I ever thought possible."

    KevyIdaho residentClass of 2012Pacific University of Oregon, College of Optometry, Optometry
  • "WUE has helped me to attend the college that I wanted to, in order to get the degree I want. Many colleges in Oregon do not have paralegal studies. Lewis Clark State College did, but the out-of-state tuition is rather high. WUE cuts the tuition way down, which definitively helps. It has always been my dream to study law, so I am going for a four-year degree in paralegal, with a minor in pre-law."

    MalindaOregon residentClass of 2015Lewis Clark State College, Paralegal
  • "WUE has helped me to be able to go to an out-of-state school. Given how expensive it is to go to college out of state, I wouldn't have been able to go to otherwise."

    CaliWashington residentClass of 2015Lewis-Clark State College, Nursing
  • "I'm from Washington. I lived in a small farming community that is seven miles from the Idaho border. I am currently enrolled at Lewis-Clark State College with plans on transfering to the University of Idaho because I can finish out my degree there. WUE has made it possible for me to attend college. It will also follow me to the U of I and allow me to receive close to in-state tuition there. I have to pay for tuition out of my pocket. Without WUE I don't believe that affording college would be possible for me."

    PatrickWashington residentClass of 2015Lewis-Clark State College, Civil Engineering
  • "I lived in Alaska for about eight years, but Idaho was my original home state. I had considered staying in Alaska because the out-of-state tuition is so expensive. But applying for college through WUE allowed me to come back to Idaho. It also allowed me to attend the school I wanted and go into the medical field. WUE helped me save a lot of money this first year and will continue to help me for the coming years."

    KatriniaAlaska residentClass of 2015Lewis-Clark State College, Medical Diagnostic Imaging
  • "This exchange has allowed me to go to an out-of-state college without having to pay out-of-state tuition. It helps both my parents and me to be able to afford to send me to college and will help me to be able to graduate with a degree that will help support me."

    KendraWashington residentClass of 2015Lewis-Clark State College, Nursing
  • "Being from Montana, I was not fortunate enough to have what was considered a home state school; rather, a few institutions in the northwest who accepted Montana residents gave us the opportunity to pay in-state tuition through programs such as WICHE. I was thrilled to be accepted to a prestigious medical school, and to be offered in-state tuition through the WICHE program was a blessing on top of great news. The amount of loans needed to cover the costs of medical school can seem overwhelming and stressful; however, the WICHE program has reduced this stress and has supported me in achieving my aspirations by covering the cost difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. It is very much appreciated."

    KyleMontana residentClass of 2015Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, Medicine
  • "I am currently enrolled at the University of Utah in the College of Nursing. The program has far exceeded my expectations, and I am most grateful that the college offers an executive format where I can engage in direct dialogue with my colleagues and professors every three weeks. The program was unavailable in Wyoming when I applied, and my travel time is greatly reduced with the close approximation of the university to my home in Wyoming. Without WICHE support, I would not be able to afford this program. Thank you to all who make this program possible."

    LeslieWyoming residentClass of 2012University of Utah College of Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • "I am a second-year student at Oregon State University, and I receive support through WICHE's PSEP. My home state of Arizona does not have a veterinary school, so this program makes it possible for me to receive a top-notch education at a reasonable cost. For me, that is extremely important, since I have a wife and young son to support. Through this program I will graduate with less debt and be in a better position to eventually reach my goal of owning my own practice."

    LanceArizona residentClass of 2014Oregon State University, Veterinary Medicine
  • "The philosophy department at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa is essentially one of a kind. There is no other department in the United States that provides skills in both traditional Western philosophy and comparative philosophy with Asian traditions. More importantly, there is no other school where this level of philosophy is offered alongside high-level language studies. I wanted to study classical Chinese philosophy in a place where I could learn the classical language of China. To be able to learn philosophy from faculty who were internationally recognized for their translations and philosophical contributions in Asian and comparative philosophy is important to my long-term goals of teaching and publishing in this field. Hawai'i is one of the most expensive places to live in the world, and there is no way I would have been able to justify a move to the island without the promise of the reduced tuition through the WRGP."

    JoelMontana residentClass of 2012University of Hawai'i, Asian and Comparative Philosophy
  • "The WUE program helped me make my goals a reality. Thanks to the program, I was able to attend a university with the undergraduate degree I wanted. I really needed all the financial help I could get, and this program came through for me. It helped minimize the cost of going to college. I genuinely thank the WUE program for giving me the opportunity to broaden my horizons. "

    BerthaHawai'i residentClass of 2012Montana Tech, Healthcare Informatics
  • "I am currently at Pacific University College of Optometry, enrolled as a WICHE PSEP student. My home state of North Dakota does not have an optometry school, and not having the added expense of being an out-of-state student has made graduate school an affordable option. Without the assistance of PSEP, graduate school might not have been an option for me, at least not right out of undergraduate school. My student loan debt will not be as substantial when I leave graduate school. This in turn will make it much easier for me to buy into a practice or even open my own practice when I return to North Dakota. Thank you for allowing me to become knowledgable in a field that I am passionate about and to come back and serve the great people of North Dakota."

    EricaNorth Dakota residentClass of 2015Pacific University College of Optometry
  • "WUE has made my experience of living and learning in another state much more attainable due to the lower costs of tuition. I was able to go to my first-choice college, paying a mere fraction of what I would have had to pay without it."

    RowanColorado residentClass of 2013Montana Tech, Environmental Engineering
  • "I am passionate about nursing. For years I have considered returning to school in order to advance my scope of practice, provide competent holistic care, and promote wellness and disease prevention in underserved communities. WRGP has supported my dreams and goals, making an excellent education affordable. Without WICHE support my loans and interests would have been over double what they are now. There are huge health disparities throughout the U.S. in rural and underserved communities. I am excited to use my degree after graduation to improve health and health outcomes in these populations."

    MelissaWashington residentClass of 2014University of Utah, Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • "WRGP made it possible for me to attend a university outside of California without paying out-of-state tuition. I would not have been able to afford this program otherwise. There is no program of this type in the state of California. It was such a relief that I did not have to put off my plans to further my education. Thank you very much for this program!"

    ValerieCalifornia residentClass of 2012Eastern Washington University, Dental Hygiene Master of Science
  • "Without receiving support through WUE, there is no way that I would ever have been able to attend a university. With the help of this program, I will be able to obtain my goal of designing and testing armor."

    StevenArizona residentClass of 2015Montana Tech, Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
  • "Without WUE I wouldn't be going to school in Utah. Period. The money that WUE has saved my family has allowed me to attend the University of Utah for my first semester and will continue to allow me to do so for the next three and a half years. The mechanical engineering program at the University of Utah is fantastic, and I wouldn't have been able to receive the same education I am now, while living in such a desirable state."

    KevinOregon residentClass of 2015University of Utah, Mechanical Engineering
  • "I got great grades in high school, and I participated in a program that allowed me to receive my associate's degree with my high school diploma. I was the first one to achieve that at my high school, so I figured getting a scholarship somewhere would be no problem. But the only scholarship I got was based on academics; it was small and only applied to one semester. WUE, on the other hand, cut my tuition in half! Without it I would have had to move back home and go to a school that did not have my preferred major. I am very thankful for WUE!"

    JessicaColorado residentClass of 2012University of Utah
  • "WUE made dream come true: a future career in geological engineering! WUE has been a huge help financially."

    MelissaColorado residentClass of 2015Montana Tech
  • "Out-of-state tuition for dental school is very expensive, and the cost is rising every year. I'm from Montana, which doesn't have a dental school, so I figured there was no way around an enormous debt load. Fortunately, the WICHE program helped me out, cutting my tuition almost in half, for which I am extremely grateful. I'm currently in my second year at the University of Colorado and looking forward to the day I move back to Montana to start my practice and give a little back to the state that has given me so much."

    MichaelMontana residentClass of 2014University of Colorado, Dental Medicine
  • "With WRGP's support I made a career change and am now studying gerontology: the psychological, social, economic, political, and biological aspects of aging from an interdisciplinary perspective. Our population is aging, so I feel honored to be able to learn about and contribute to this dynamic field. Thanks to the gift of resident tuition, I'm getting the chance to explore a beautiful new state as a 'guest' and to study at a top-notch university. Why make education difficult or inaccessible and ever-so-challenging to pay back? I am glad WRGP was, and continues to be, there for me. Thank you, WRGP, for making the path of 'higher learning' easier."

    NatashaOregon residentClass of 2013University of Utah, Gerontology
  • "Through the contribution of WICHE's PSEP, I have been able to make my dreams of studying dentistry at a nationally renowned institution a reality. I look forward to the opportunity to return to my home state of New Mexico to serve my community with the expertise I have gathered. I encourage our legislators to continue to support for this valuable program. Thank you, New Mexico!"

    JacobNew Mexico residentClass of 2014University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, Dentistry
  • "I have long wanted to return to school to pursue an advanced degree, but living in Wyoming and having a family limited my options. I discovered an occupational therapy doctorate program at the University of Utah and decided that this was the program for me. The program is designed for working professionals and is entirely online. Courses are relevant to each student's area of study and allow each of us to pursue a specific area of interest. WICHE has made participation affordable for my family. In addition, the program has allowed me to pursue an advanced degree while remaining at home and continuing to work in Wyoming as an occupational therapist. I was so excited to discover the many positives that resulted from this partnership between higher education institutions; it provides unique opportunities for those of us who have strong ties and commitments to a small rural state."

    SheriWyoming residentClass of 2014University of Utah
  • "Although I will still carry a large burden of debt when I graduate, WICHE has helped me significantly decrease the amount of money I’ve had to borrow for optometry school. This will undoubtedly help me after graduation as I begin to pay back these loans, but I have even felt the benefits of WICHE PSEP funding now, during school. It has decreased my stress knowing that I will be in a better financial situation when I start my career, and this has helped me focus more on my education and training, contributing to my success as a student."

    ChrisUtah residentClass of 2013Pacific University College of Optometry
  • "WICHE has allowed me to follow my dream career of becoming an optometrist. My parents tried to talk me out of optometry school due to the extreme expense; and without WICHE I probably would have let them. But the years I've spent in school have proven this is the career for me. I've loved every second of helping my patients with the gift of sight. Without WICHE I would not be where I am today. Many students in my program do not get extra help from their states; I see them struggling with their finances and taking out expensive private loans. When I talk to these students I can't help but feeling grateful for the opportunity I was given by the state of Colorado and this program."

    JackiColorado residentClass of 2013Pacific University College of Optometry
  • "PSEP has been a tremendous help to me in achieving my lifelong goal of becoming an optometrist. Graduate school is hardly a minimal expense, especially if you have to pay an out-of-state tuition rate like I would have had to for optometry school, since North Dakota does not have its own. PSEP has helped me get a step ahead in life by relieving some of the financial burden I will have when I graduate from optometry school in May. That is something I will be forever thankful for, both emotionally and mentally, and of course, financially. This is a wonderful program and I hope it always continues to help fellow North Dakota students achieve their professional dreams. North Dakota needs medical professionals, and PSEP helps supply them. Saying "thank you" is an understatement! "

    BrittanyNorth Dakota residentClass of 2012Pacific University, Optometry
  • "Although I have been granted funding (tuition waiver) for two of the three semesters I have had so far here at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, I know that if I am not granted funding I can still afford to stay here and pay tuition. I am the type of student who cannot afford out-of-state (or private), tuition and WUE has allowed me to study in a program that is nationally competitive at a reduced price! It's wonderful."

    HannahArizona residentClass of 2012University of Hawaii at Manoa, Second Language Studies
  • "I am currently studying at Pacific University College of Optometry. WICHE has made going to school much more affordable. Paying out-of-state tuition or paying to attend a private optometry school is very expensive, yet it is the only option, since North Dakota does not have an optometry school. I greatly encourage legislators to support WICHE so optometry students from ND, such as myself, will return back after graduating to provide ND residents with outstanding eye care and will have a smaller financial burden. It can be hard qualifying for loans to open up or buy out a practice when student loans are too high. I would like to thank North Dakota for giving me the opportunity to attend optometry school. I am excited to be the first person in my family to graduate with a doctoral degree and look forward to returning to ND to give my family and friends the best eye care possible!"

    KarieNorth Dakota residentClass of 2015Pacific University College of Optometry
  • "When I applied to graduate school, I thought my only choice was to go to school in state in order to further my professional career. But I quickly realized the only graduate programs in art history with resources and subjects I was interested in were out of state. Finances were a huge factor in where I chose to go, since I would be taking on the costs of graduate school on my own. Having WRGP qualify me for the in-state tuition in my master's program allowed me the opportunity to further my education and my professional career. My tuition would have been more than three times the amount I paid as an in-state student, forcing me to take out a much larger loan than I was comfortable with. I am very grateful that this program exists and gives me the opportunity to study art history at an institution that will help me eventually find a job in an area I am passionate about."

    CarinaCalifornia residentClass of 2012, Art HistoryUniversity of New Mexico, Art History
  • "I received my M.F.T. from Pepperdine University in California. Upon completion of my degree and work in the field of counseling, I knew that I wanted to further my education and work toward my Ph.D. in counseling psychology. There are a limited number of universities that offer this particular degree, and fewer still that offered funding. I also wanted to move closer to my family in Western Kansas. The University of Northern Colorado had everything that I wanted: an excellent educational facility with some of the top educators in the country, a chance to live in Colorado (a dream), and for the first time since high school, the ability to drive home in under 10 hours. Thanks to the WICHE program, I am now in my first semester of my doctoral program and could not be happier. I'm challenged by and engaged in a field that allows me to help others and am receiving an amazing education. I am so grateful for this opportunity and ask legislators to continue to offer this assistance. The opportunity you provide students is immeasurable, as is the difference will can make in the world."

    EmCalifornia residentClass of 2014University of Northern Colorado, Counseling Psychology
  • "Without WRGP I could not afford tuition for my doctoral degree. After graduation I’ll return to my home on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. As the recent “20/20” episode about our community showed, the needs of our youth are overwhelming but not insurmountable. I believe strongly in the resilience of our Lakota people and with my education, I’ll be able to help strengthen our Lakota lifeways. I’ll be the first generation in my family to earn a doctorate. My late parents would be very proud, as they were strong supporters of higher education. A big "wopila" (“thank you” in Lakota) to WRGP!"

    EthleenSouth Dakota residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Education and Human Resource Studies
  • "As a first-year veterinary student at Washington State University, I want to extend a huge "thank you" to those responsible for the ongoing WICHE PSEP support that I and other students like me are receiving. Without this funding the cost of my education would be double what it currently is, an increase that most likely would have prohibited me from achieving my life-long dream of becoming a veterinarian. I am truly blessed to be here now and to know that in four short years I will see my dream realized. I urge all students to take an active role in encouraging the continuation of this program so that we all can reach our goals! As the cost of education increases, as well as the disparity between this cost and expected salaries after graduation, the WICHE PSEP funding will only increase in importance for students like me."

    SamanthaMontana residentClass of 2015Washington State University, Veterinary Medicine
  • "The availability of the WICHE program made selecting my professional school simple. With the financial help it provided, I didn't second-guess going to one of the top schools because it might cost more in the long run. By being able to avoid private student loans, I've saved years on my loan payback. That means a lot to someone going back to rural Wyoming, where my patient schedule is limited by a small population."

    JaimeWyoming residentClass of 2012Pacific University, Optometry
  • "PSEP was very instrumental in providing the necessary financial assistance for both myself and my family throughout pharmacy school. The money was used to pay for a portion of my tuition, as well as the necessary books and membership fees for a variety of professional student pharmacy organizations. Without PSEP I would not have had the financial peace of mind to focus on my studies in pharmacy school. I am very thankful for the State of Hawaii for selecting me to be a WICHE PSEP candidate."

    RichardHawai'i residentClass of 2011University of the Pacific, Pharmacy
  • "In a clinical psychology doctoral program, finding a "good fit" to foster your career aspirations is especially important. WRGP allowed me the ability to gain acceptance into a program specializing in Clinical Health Psychology, with faculty conducting research that closely aligns with my focus area. I look forward to the relevant research I'll be a part of and the amazing education I'll receive at the University Colorado Denver as part of my training to become a clinical psychologist. Thank you, WICHE, for affording me this opportunity!"

    RyanOregon residentClass of 2016University of Colorado Denver, Clinical Health Psychology
  • "I am currently studying optometry at Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, OR. Since there are no optometry schools in my home state of North Dakota, WICHE's PSEP allowed me to attend optometry school at a lower cost than I would have otherwise qualified for. I was thankful that it gave me multiple options for optometry schools that I could attend. I am greatly indebted to PSEP; without it I may not have been able to attend optometry school. Thank you for allowing me to pursure my dreams of improving the lives of others through healthcare."

    JaniceNorth Dakota residentClass of 2014Pacific University College of Optometry, Optometry
  • "I was very fortunate to receive funding through WICHE's PSEP. I'm attending an excellent program in another WICHE state and I pay in-state tuition. The difference between resident and nonresident tuition is enormous! Without WICHE I would graduate with twice as much debt. Now I'll be able to focus on my career and provide for my family, without the financial burden of paying off massive student loans."

    DannyArizona residentClass of 2014University of Colorado Denver School of Dental Medicine
  • "WICHE has been a major aid in helping me to obtain my dream career. I am very grateful for the help, since there was not an institution in my home state that could help me on my path. Thank you, WICHE, for providing the means to changing my future."

    JoshColorado residentClass of 2013Pacific University College of Optometry, Optometry
  • "Without this program I would not have been able to afford getting a doctoral degree in physical therapy. My home state of Wyoming does not offer degrees in physical therapy at any level. I am very glad I was selected for WICHE PSEP support and was able to attend graduate school."

    WhittneyWyoming residentClass of 2012University of North Dakota, Physical Therapy
  • "I am currently studying optometry at Pacific University College of Optometry and am a WICHE PSEP student. I am a first-generation graduate student, and there is no way that my family would be able to help me pay for school; WICHE's PSEP is the only affordable option. It also frees me up enough so that I can decide to go on to do a residency or choose a specialty and not have my student debt controlling my future. I have some classmates who will have almost $250,000 in student debt from graduate school alone, and doing a residency program would be a huge financial hardship. I thank North Dakota for giving me the opportunity to have the career I want and encourage our legislators to continue support for this great program! "

    StaciNorth Dakota residentClass of 2014Pacific University College of Optometry, Optometry
  • "WICHE's PSEP has given me great financial support while I accomplish my goal of becoming a physician. I am currenlty a physical medicine and rehabilitation resident in St. Louis. Next year I will complete a one-year fellowship in interventional spine medicine. Thank you, WICHE, for all the support. This is a very valuable program."

    ShawnArizona residentClass of 2008Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California, Medicine
  • "Because Montana does not have osteopathic or allopathic medical schools, PSEP allows me to attend my current institution for a reduced cost, closer to what students pay at their home institutions. I appreciate the PSEP financial assistance more than I can express in words; WICHE has allowed me to flourish in another institution, and I am helping supporting higher education in Montana. I would love to return to Montana to practice medicine in the near future."

    KalieMontana residentClass of 2012Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Medicine
  • "I am a non-traditional student in that I am a student and a mother. PSEP has made it possible for me to pursue my goal of becoming a veterinarian. I could not have chosen this path without PSEP reducing my cost of tuition, so that our new family will not have an unreasonable amount of debt. I am passionate and excited about my future career and hope to someday contribute to veterinary medicine in Utah. Thank you, WICHE!"

    CarissaUtah residentClass of 2014Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "I was and still am honored to have received support from the WICHE program to study veterinary medicine at Washington State University. It not only provided significant financial assistance, it also gave me my choice of three of the best professional programs in the country. As a native Nevadan, it has been a real pleasure to return to the Reno/Sparks area and serve the community that gave me many wonderful opportunities during my childhood and now during my professional career. Financially and professionally, the WICHE program has set me up for success, and I expect many other recipients feel the same way. I hope Nevada's state legislators continue to support this program and the students involved for many years to come. Not only will this program make the future for young students brighter, but it will aid Nevada's continuing need for quality professionals in various fields. I am very grateful for all that the WICHE program has done for me, and I hope to return the favor by working hard for my clients, their animals, and the entire great state of Nevada. "

    JenniferNevada residentClass of 2010Washington State University, Veterinary Medicine
  • "WICHE made it possible for me to attend OHSU School of Dentistry. In 1993 Nevada did not have a dental school, and it was necessary for me to apply as an out-of-state student. Being a WICHE student made me a more attractive applicant to the dental schools. It also helped me avoid accruing an inordinate amount of debt. I am indebted to WICHE for providing the means that enabled me to obtain an education."

    TerryNevada residentClass of 1997OHSU School of Dentistry
  • "Without WUE I would not be able to attend Colorado State University. WUE has been of essential assistance in my ability to afford my education. I love attending CSU and know I would not be able to do it without WUE."

    AmyCalifornia residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Business Marketing
  • "WUE has gifted me with independence, wisdom, and happiness, and I will be forever grateful for the rest of my life. WUE took me to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University. It was no more than a fantasy when I applied: I knew my family (with four students) could not afford out-of-state tuition. WUE was the sole factor that flew me over the Rocky Mountains to attend my dream university and provided the opportunity to experience life. My time in Colorado has opened my eyes to the world and changed my fuzzy academic path into a distinct and inspired highway to success. I have WUE to thank for that!"

    SarahOregon residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Liberal Arts
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    "I am finishing my optometry degree at Pacific University in Oregon and received funding from PSEP. My home state of Colorado does not have an optometry school, and the PSEP funding made it possible for me to get my degree at a great school while keeping my student loans under control. Without this program my student loan debt would be overwhelming, which would significantly limit the job opportunities I could consider. Getting involved with private practice optometry (as opposed to corporate options) is an option for me largely because my monthly loan payments will be manageable. I hope to repay the favor to Colorado with a long career as a private practice doctor. By my owning a business, creating jobs, and paying taxes, Colorado will benefit for the next 30-plus years. All of this is possible because of the up-front support I received. I encourage our legislators to continue funding this program."

    MichaelColorado residentClass of 2011Pacific University, Optometry
  • "I wanted to work in the eyecare field, but was having a difficult time committing to enrolling in optometry school due to the high tuition. WICHE made my dream possible. Thank you, Colorado, for the support you gave me throughout my education."

    OllieColorado residentClass of 2011Pacific University College of Optometry, Optometry
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    "In going back to school this past semester, there were concerns about how I was to pay for graduate school, being that I was considered out-of-state (due to me working in another state prior). Many people were involved with providing me assistance and guidance to make sure everything would work out. I would like to tell you that WRGP was one reason I was allowed to continue my master’s education this year. This program helped me continue my dream of getting a master's degree and allowed me to afford this education. Without programs like WRGP, many students (like myself) would not be able to afford the education needed to further their future."

    KehliMontana residentClass of 2011Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Master's of Science in Technical Communication
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    "The WICHE program gave me access to some of the top medical schools in the Western United States and the unique opportunity to be part of a small group of students in the inaugural class at the University of Arizona's new campus in Phoenix. I was an EMT in Fremont County before I went to medical school, and I've matched into an emergency medicine residency program! The support of the Wyoming Legislature and the WICHE program have made it possible for me to afford medical school and pursue a career that will help us bring our family back home for good. As a bonus, my husband has obtained his commercial pilot's license and first college degree while we've been in Arizona, so we'll both return to Wyoming with new skills. Thank you, Wyoming, for your support! (Erik the baby thanks you too!)"

    AliciaWyoming residentClass of 2011University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix, M.D.
  • "I wanted to attend a maritime academy to become a licensed ship officer, but my home state of Washington doesn’t offer such a program. WUE allowed me to attend California Maritime Academy and pay reduced tuition, taking a lot of financial stress off my parents. I’m now also a mechanical engineering major; this will be a great skill set to have and should make me very competitive in the workforce. I could not have considered investing the extra time required for this if I hadn’t received the WUE discount."

    MichaelWashington residentClass of 2012California Maritime Academy, Mechanical Engineering
  • "Applying to medical school is especially competitive for Montana residents because we have no medical school. Thankfully WICHE’s PSEP has cooperating schools that will accept out-of-state students. I was accepted to the University of North Dakota; their patient-centered curriculum suited my style of learning and helped prepare me for my clinical years. My rural family medicine rotation led me to specialize in family medicine. Next year I start my residency and can't wait to get back to Montana to practice! I am very thankful for the financial help and program access that PSEP provides."

    BethMontana residentClass of 2011University of North Dakota, School of Medicine
  • "WICHE’s PSEP was instrumental in helping me achieve my DVM at CSU. As tuition costs rise (particularly out-of state) and with a lack of response in salaries, it’s become prohibitive for many to obtain professional degrees. It’s truly because of PSEP that I’m able to pursue the career that I’ll look forward to every day! I’d like to extend my gratitude to the State of Wyoming for helping me achieve my life-long dream of working with animals and saving lives. I encourage legislators to continue support for this invaluable program that gives people the chance to make a difference!"

    SarahWyoming residentClass of 2011Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "Not only did WUE give me the opportunity to attend college, it also allowed me to experience the beautiful state of Colorado. Without receiving this gift, I would not have been able to attend the college that was the best fit for me. Attending Colorado State University forced me out of my comfort zone and helped me grow as a person, as well as allowing me to learn about the many professional options I could choose from. Now I am on my way to becoming a physician's assistant; and I can say that because of the experiences I have had here in Colorado, I am confident that this is the perfect profession for me. I am so thankful for the opportunity the WICHE has given me; without it I would not be where I am today."

    MeganArizona residentClass of 2011Colorado State University, Health and Exercise Science (Sports Medicine)
  • "Without WUE I would never have been able to support myself financially at Colorado State University, where I am currently a sophomore earning a degree in fish, wildlife, and conservation biology. CSU is recognized nationally for its wildlife biology program (my concentration). Research and stewardship of our natural world are my passions in life, and being able to attend a school with a program that so perfectly meets my needs and interests is a dream come true, not to mention a large step in the right direction. Not only does CSU provide me with education in the classroom, but I have enjoyed a variety of networking and research opportunities, both in the laboratory and in the field. None of this would have been possible without WUE. I owe my future career to you."

    AnnaNew Mexico residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Fish, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology
  • "Without WUE I would not be where I am today. My parents wouldn't have been able to afford CSU, so therefore I would not have been able to attend. I am very grateful for this program. I love CSU and am so glad that I had the opportunity to attend this fine school, thanks to WUE."

    SydneyCalifornia residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Civil Engineering
  • "I’m a student at the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Dental Medicine and have loved my education and my time spent in Colorado. WICHE’s PSEP has saved me over $80,000 in tuition! The savings is significant and will allow me to pay off my student loan debt much sooner. My family and I are so grateful for this generous gift towards my professional education, and we look forward to repaying the debt to our fellow residents of the great State of Arizona after I graduate. Thank you WICHE!"

    MatthewArizona residentClass of 2011University of Colorado Denver, School of Dental Medicine
  • "WICHE’s PSEP has allowed me to pursue my aspirations of becoming an osteopathic physician and surgeon. Thanks to its long standing partnerships with medical programs in the West, WICHE gave me preferential admission at a number of medical schools, facilitating matriculation into the school of my choice. Furthermore, the reduced tuition through PSEP has immensely reduced the debt I am accruing while I study. Without both of these, I would not be in medical school right now! Thanks to WICHE, I’m learning medicine, loving it, and excited to return to Wyoming to practice after I graduate."

    JosephWyoming residentClass of 2014Western University of the Health Sciences, Osteopathic Medicine
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    "Attending a professional school is a huge commitment for a student: physically, mentally and financially. You are committing to a career by investing four years of your time and all your resources. And if the program of your choice is not available in your home state, that makes it even more difficult and expensive. WICHE’s PSEP gave me access to a great education and I didn’t have to worry about sacrificing the school I wanted because I couldn't afford it. It’s allowed me to get the most of my education and to fulfill my aspirations of becoming a dentist."

    MarkArizona residentClass of 2012University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine
  • " I am in a clinical doctorate program and would not have had the ability to become a family nurse practitioner at this level if I hadn't been so blessed to have the help of WICHE. Graduate tuition in general is very expensive, and having to pay out-of-state tuition on top of that was going to be really tough, near to impossible really. Also, the family nurse practitioner program at the doctoral level was not offered in my state. The WICHE program really is a dream come true. I hope that even in these very trying economic times, every state and school/program involved in this amazing program will continue their funding. It is of the utmost importance for our state legislators to realize how important the opportunity of a higher education is and how appreciative those of us are who've reaped the blessings of this wonderful program. I will be an unofficial ambassador for WICHE for the rest of my life."

    BonnaIdaho residentClass of 2012University of Utah, Doctorate of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner
  • "WICHE is incredible. I looked into several in-state institutions for a doctorate program in nursing, and someone recommended Utah. I was immediately impressed with their program and knew that was where I wanted to be. But I would not have been able to afford out-of-state tuition. WRGP has given me the opportunity to attend a wonderful, affordable program. I am so thankful!"

    AdrienneArizona residentClass of 2014University of Utah, Doctorate in Nursing
  • "Montana does not have a dental school, and out-of-state tuition is very expensive. I can't be grateful enough for financial support that the WICHE program has provided me in order to attend school at at great university and achieve my career goals!"

    MichaelMontana residentClass of 2014University of Colorado Denver, School of Dental Medicine
  • "WUE has made attending my choice school possible, enabling me to attend a university that offers the programs and postgraduate opportunities I need. WUE has helped me bring my dream of becoming a large animal veterinarian one step closer. It helps me to pay for the education required to become a professional in my chosen field and do the best possible job in that field."

    TarynCalifornia residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Microbiology
  • "WUE has helped me to achieve my academic goals by allowing me to study out of state at a more reasonable price. Part of the college experience for me has been the tremendous shift to an entirely different location. It has helped me to grow as a person. I am very grateful to WUE, as it has made attending Colorado State University more realizable for me."

    ChristopherCalifornia residentClass of 2011Colorado State University, Natural Resource Recreation & Tourism
  • "PSEP saved me a lot of money. It allowed me to be in a financial position to start my own practice in 2007. This may not have been feasible if I'd had to pay out-of-state tuition."

    KatieMontana residentClass of 2004Washington State University, Veterinary Medicine
  • "WUE helped to decrease the cost of tuition at Colorado State University, so that I am basically paying the same as in-state tuition. Colorado has one of the highest costs for higher education, but CSU has one of the top veterinarian schools in the country. Utah did not have a direct veterinary program or the other benefits of CSU. By being able to attend CSU as an undergraduate, I know that what I am learning gives me a better chance to acheive my dream of becoming an exotic animal veterinarian! I am so grateful for the help that WUE has given me, and I hope the program continues so that others are able to achieve their dreams as well!"

    AnnieUtah residentClass of 2010Colorado State University, Biological Sciences
  • "The reduced WRGP tuition I received made it possible for me to obtain a master's in agricultural sciences. I was able to learn information never made available to me before, in a new and different format. The program played an integral part in my personal growth and career development. I appreciated the ability to be a part of a hands-on learning experience that ultimately led me in the direction of agricultural law. Without WICHE I would not be prepared to protect the industry I love."

    StaciaWyoming residentClass of 2009Colorado State University, Integrated Resource Management
  • "I decided late in the summer to apply for CSU's IRM program and then realized the cost of grad school out of state. WICHE was the only way to go! Without the help from the program, it would have been extremely difficult to move to Colorado and go to graduate school. I was able to get through the tough financial time and become an extension educator."

    ShannaOregon residentClass of 2009Colorado State University, Integrated Resource Management, Agricultural Science
  • "Without support from WICHE, graduate school at Colorado State would have been completely out of reach. Because of WICHE I was able to attend and complete the IRM Program (M.Agr.) that allowed me to continue my education and help me gain powerful tools for the future in agriculture. Thank you, WICHE, for helping me to fulfill my career goals and objectives in the world of agriculture."

    StetsonIdaho residentClass of 2009Colorado State University, IRM Program
  • "I came to Colorado State because I am interested in veterinary medicine; Idaho does not have a vet school. WUE helped me to be able to afford a quality education in the my field of interest."

    DanielleIdaho residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Biological Science
  • "WRGP helped immensely to make it possible for me to go to school. I had been looking for a graduate program to fit my needs, and Southern Oregon University provided it. Without WRGP I would not have been able to afford to go to an out-of-state school and would not have had the wonderful experiences I have had since moving down here. With WRGP I am so much closer to reaching my goals."

    TinaWashington residentClass of 2012, Mental Health CounselingSouthern Oregon University
  • "Without the Western Undergraduate Exchange, it would have been impossible for me to pursue an education at Colorado State University. The out-of-state tuition is too high, and my family's finances are insufficient to pay it. WUE allowed me to go the university of my choice. I am currently a freshman studying at CSU and very grateful to WUE for making it possible for me to be here. I hope that our legislators will continue to support WICHE and allow students like me to attend the institutions of their choice."

    IanClass of 2014Colorado State University
  • "As a Montana resident, I could have stayed in state to study wildlife biology, but the state's lack of a veterinary school would have left me with few opportunities to gain the knowledge and experience I need to become a wildlife veterinarian. I preferred going to a college that had both of these options available to me. This, of course, raised the price of a college education. With WUE my college payments are now on a level that my mother and I can afford, and I can now access coursework and professionals that will prepare me for both wildlife management and veterinary medicine."

    AllysonMontana residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Wildlife Biology
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    "I live in a critical access area in Southern Colorado with a great need for primary care providers. Thanks to WRGP, I’m able to study at a top-notch program that will prepare me to ease this burden in my home state. When I first applied, there were very few DNP programs in the country, and when I couldn’t get into my home state program, I wasn't sure how I’d afford out-of-state tuition, making pursuit of my dream much more difficult. I am very thankful for WRGP and the opportunity to learn at the University of Arizona."

    ChristinaColorado residentClass of 2014University of Arizona - Tucson, Doctorate of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Pracitioner
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    "Living in a semi-rural area in Northern Utah, there are few options for graduate nursing education. The University of Arizona and WICHE’s WRGP have allowed me to study in my home state and do clinical rotations in the area where I hope to serve. There is no better way to assist my community than to learn from their clinical needs and put them at the forefront of my future practice. I’d like to thank WRGP and the University of Arizona for making my studies affordable. Without WRGP, I wouldn’t be able to pursue my career dreams. I look forward to giving back by serving my home community!"

    ElizabethUtah residentClass of 2013University of Arizona, Doctor of Nursing Practice-Family Nurse Practitioner
  • "WICHE PSEP is helping me more than anything to achieve my goal of becoming a small animal veterinarian. Because my home state of Nevada does not have a veterinary school, I had no choice but to attend an out-of-state school for my education. WICHE PSEP is allowing me to study at Colorado State University for the in-state cost, which lets me incur significantly less debt. For this I am grateful. Veterinary school is stressful enough without the added financial strain. Thank you Nevada for your support of this important program!"

    ChristinaNevada residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Veterinary Medicine
  • "PSEP has helped me gain peace of mind as to how I’ll pay for medical school. With tuition rising over $42K per year, coupled with the high cost of living in Southern California, PSEP has significantly decreased my need for additional loans. Without it, I’d be nearly $275K in debt by the time I graduate! The Washington PSEP conditional loan is “win-win” for all involved. It makes medical education affordable, and graduates will later repay the favor to our fellow Washington residents of medically underserved areas who are appreciative of their knowledge and skills."

    AmyWashington residentClass of 2013Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • "WUE has been an amazing help financially. Without it my chances of being able to attend Colorado State would be lessened considerably due to how expensive it is to study out-of-state. I'm so thankful for the opportunities the WUE has made available to me! I hope the program will continue long into the future and help other out-of-staters just like me."

    AnnaNew Mexico residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Fort Collins, English with a Concentration in Education
  • "I'm from Nevada, a state with only two universities, so I'd be very constricted if I wasn't able to attend an out-of state university. Attending college in Colorado has been an amazing experience, and it would not have been possible without WUE. I have a twin sister who is also studying at Colorado State University. My dad was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness that has created large medical expenses for my family. Without WUE there is no way my sister and I would be attending such a great university in Colorado."

    JackieNevada residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, History, Communications Studies, and English (Language Concentration)
  • "WUE was the deciding factor when I was figuring out where to go to college. My WUE scholarship made attending CSU possible, and also gave me the opportunity to design my own educational experience without having to worry as much about the costs of tuition. Thanks to WUE, I was able to afford the “Semester at Sea” study abroad program; it was a life-changing experience that I will always take with me, and the skills I gained there will help me in my future career. "

    KatieOregon residentClass of 2011Colorado State University, Business Administration & Organizational Management
  • "WUE has been an incredible blessing in my educational career. I grew up in Corvallis, Oregon. WUE, however, allowed me to pursue a college education in Colorado. I have genuinely never been happier or more successful in my life. Without WUE, I would not have had such a beneficial, life-changing collegiate experience! "

    MaloryOregon residentClass of 2012Colorado State University, Biomedical Science
  • "WUE made my undergraduate studies in civil engineering at CSU possible!"

    JeffreyAlaska residentClass of 2012Colorado State University, Civil Engineering
  • "The WUE Scholarship has helped me achieve my academic goal of moving out of state to go to college. This has meant the world to me, as I have dreamed of going out of state for years. WUE is helping me achieve my goals because it enables me to be able to be here, in beautiful Colorado, studying what I love: zoology."

    DevynNew Mexico residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Zoology
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    "WUE was a key factor for me in deciding to come to Colorado for college. CSU’s College of Natural Resources is the perfect place to start my career in conservation, with numerous research opportunities through professors and associates. And, WUE’s given me the financial freedom and time to get involved in campus clubs and athletics, and focus on academics, instead of worrying about part-time jobs to help pay for school. WUE’s an amazing program, and I hope it continues to support students for years to come. Thank you."

    TessaCalifornia residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
  • "Without WUE, I wouldn't have been able to attend my #1 choice of university. I couldn't be happier with the university I chose to attend, and I'm glad WUE could make it affordable for my family. "

    MeghanMontana residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Psychology & Spanish
  • "I would not have been able to attend Colorado State, which was my dream college, had it not been for WUE."

    CarrieWyoming residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Political Science
  • "I had always been intrested in leaving home for college to expand my horizons and education. The cost of an out-of-state school, however, was a harsh reality when it came to application time. WUE made it possible for me to attended Colorado State as an out-of-state student. Here, I have been able to pursue an animal science major and work towards vet school, which are both majors my home state universities did not offer. WUE is helping my family and me save money for my grad school education."

    SarahNew Mexico residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Animal Science,Pre-vet Concentration
  • "WUE allowed me to choose an out-of-state school at an affordable price. I am from New Mexico and wanted to go to college in Colorado. The WUE program is great for students that strive academically throughout high school and cannot fully afford to go out of state. It gives students like myself a chance to go to their dream school."

    MiltonNew Mexico residentClass of 2012Colorado State University, Mechanical Engineering
  • "$40,000….. imagine how much you could do with that! Over four years, my WUE scholarship will have saved me about that much in tuition! WUE took a huge load off my already “full-of-debt” mind. It allows me to spend less time worrying and more time enjoying college and studying what I love. Thank you!"

    ClaireHawai'i residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Equine Science
  • "Finding better ways to provide the best possible education for budding professionals is absolutely crucial in securing the economic future of this country. Programs like WUE have provided me and many of my friends with the opportunity to pursue our career interests in the schools with the best facilities for our fields of study and in locations with the strongest demand for jobs within our majors. Were it not for WUE, I certainly could not have afforded the out-of-state tuition in Colorado, and the outstanding civil and environmental engineering programs here would have been out of reach. "

    BrendanWashington residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Civil Engineering
  • "WUE has helped me to afford a school with a good preveterinary program. I intend to apply to vet school, so I wanted to attend a college with a good undergraduate program for veterinary medicine. Colorado State not only has that, it also a multitude of programs and volunteer opportunites for prevet students not found at other universities. Without WUE's aid in paying the tuition for an out-of-state university, I would have missed many educational opportunities that have helped me on my chosen career path."

    ErinArizona residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Biomedical Sciences
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    "As a young Hispanic from a very low-income family, it would not have been possible for me to attend CSU without reduced tuition through WUE. CSU and Colorado are a very good fit for me in many ways: academically, socially, and the surrounding environment. If it weren’t for WUE, I would have had to stay in my home state for college. Although there are good opportunities there too, I also believe that anyone who’s willing to work hard and takes college seriously deserves the opportunity to leave home and find a school that is the best fit for their academic goals and personal growth."

    JasmineNew Mexico residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
  • "I have dreamed of being a veterinarian since I was a little girl. WUE has helped me to be able to pay for admission at Colorado State University and allowed me the opportunity to work with professors and grad students at one of the country's most prestigious veterinary schools. If it weren't for the WUE scholarship I would not have been able to come to CSU and would not have had all the wonderful experiences I have had."

    EmmaOregon residentClass of 2014Colorado State University
  • "WUE has essentially made it possible for me to go to college. I have two older sisters, both attending college, and I knew that the cost of supporting children through college was starting to take a toll on my family's finances. WUE made it possible (and even cheaper) to attend a college outside of my home state. Without this program I would not have been able to fulfill my dream of attending an out-of-state school to pursue a degree in the sciences."

    KellyCalifornia residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Natural Resource Management
  • "Reduced tuition through WUE made it possible for me to attend an out-of-state school that better aligns with my professional objectives of obtaining a technical degree and pursuing a career with an engineering company. WUE’s a valuable program that keeps very good students in the West, even though they leave their home state. Without it, many students might feel inclined to study even farther away from home. These students/professionals are our region's future and their presence benefits local and regional economies well after their study is over."

    CassandraIdaho residentClass of 2011Colorado State University, Computer Science and Math
  • "When I visited CSU for the first time, I knew that was where I wanted to go to school. Being from California, however, it seemed that the out-of-state tuition would be an impossible barrier. WUE allowed me to pursue my dreams, and going to school in another state has been educational in far more ways that just taking classes. I love seeing how people live their lives in other parts of the country, and I am a more well-rounded person as a result. I get to work in a lab with professionals at the top of their fields, and I’m building a wonderful resume. Thank you for this opportunity!"

    AlexandraCalifornia residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Biomedical Sciences
  • "Without WUE, I would not be able to afford the career of my dreams. Thanks to WUE, I’m able to study out-of-state in the program that’s the best fit for me for my respective discipline."

    KyleNorth Dakota residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
  • "I’m from California and have spent the past four years studying at Colorado State University. WUE made my education affordable and allowed me to study out-of-state at the Ag College that was the best fit for me. Without WUE, I would never have been able to leave California, and I would have missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime. Thank you!"

    MercedesCalifornia residentClass of 2011Colorado State University, Equine Science/Agricultural Business
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    "I am extremely appreciative of WUE. I wanted to attend Colorado State University to study mechanical engineering because of its great program and to be near the mountains. WUE made my undergraduate studies affordable and thanks to the savings, my dreams of continuing on to graduate school are still feasible! I’ve enjoyed every minute of college and I thank WICHE for making this possible. I hope WUE will continue for a long time, so that more students can realize their dreams and attend the university of their choice."

    ErinNew Mexico residentClass of 2011Colorado State University, Mechanical Engineering
  • "WUE helped me get into a great college with out the expense of out-of-state tuition. If I had to pay the nonresident rate, I wouldn't have been able to afford college. "

    JourdeAlaska residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Civil Engineering
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    "WUE’s helping me to achieve my academic goals and follow my life-long dreams. Without it, I would not have been able to major in nutrition and have access to all of the wonderful resources this community gives its students. I look forward to taking my knowledge back to my home state when I graduate, in gratitude of all that WUE has given me."

    OliviaWyoming residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Food Science & Nutrition with a Spanish minor
  • "I’d always wanted to attend an out-of-state university and experience something new for my college years. WUE made this possible; I’m studying Family & Consumer Science Education at CSU and could not be more excited about the future. I hope to eventually teach in an inner city school district. My education here at CSU has been incredibly enriching and I’ve learned so much about myself by being able to head out-of-state for college. I’m forever grateful for WUE. Thank you!"

    MichelleOregon residentClass of 2012Colorado State University, Family & Consumer Science Education
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    "WUE allowed me to go out-of-state for college and obtain a great education in a new environment. "

    ConnorNevada residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, International Studies
  • "The WUE made out-of-state for college possible for me. I was able to seek a degree that was not widely offered in my home state, and it allowed me to find a program that was best fit for my career goals."

    J. SaltsCalifornia residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Environmental Horticulture
  • "If it hadn't been for receiving the WUE tuition discount, I wouldn't have been able to attend college in Colorado because out-of-state tuition is so high. I'm so grateful to have received this scholarship!"

    CassieSouth Dakota residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Zoology
  • "WUE helped me go to the college that had the best academic opportunities for my academic and career goals. Without it, I would have had to turn down some amazing opportunities because of the expense of out-of-state tuition. My educational path would have been a lot different without WUE. Thank you!"

    KellyCalifornia residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Animal Science
  • "The WUE program has given me the scholastic freedom to pursue my track and field career instead of having to hold down a job to pay for college while I’m studying. WUE’s been instrumental not only for my academic and athletic success, but for my personal growth into independent adulthood as well."

    ChristianNew Mexico residentClass of 2014Colorado State University
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    "I’m from Arizona where we don’t have a professional veterinary program. As a pre-vet biological science major, I wanted to enroll in a university that offered a DVM, so I’d have more opportunities during my undergrad studies. CSU fit the bill, but I wouldn’t be here without WUE. Now I’m attending the school I love at an affordable price, and it’s opened up so many opportunities with animals, science professors, and veterinarians in the area. Thank you to all of the supporters of the WUE program!"

    HaleyArizona residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Biological Science
  • "WUE made out-of-state tuition at CSU affordable. There’s no way I’d be here without it. Thank you!"

    ErinOregon residentClass of 2012Colorado State University, Anthropology and International development
  • "WUE gave me the chance to go to college out-of-state. Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to study at CSU, and their environmental program has been a great fit for my future goals."

    ChelseaNevada residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Conservation Biology
  • "If it weren't for WUE, I would not have been able to go to CSU. Out-of-state study has opened many doors for me, and I’ve had so many different experiences that I just wouldn’t have had otherwise. Thank you!"

    KatNew Mexico residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Fine Arts
  • "Thanks to WUE I’m able to come to Colorado State University and study both of my areas of interest! They have a strong music program and are one of the few schools that offer zoology as a major. It has been an awesome experience getting to know new people and going to school out-of-state. And, my education here will be good preparation for vet school later."

    MelyCalifornia residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Zoology and Music
  • "WUE tuition made out-of-state study possible; leaving my home town was something I felt I needed to do in order to “find myself”. I am so thankful to WICHE’s WUE program for allowing me to go to school here in Colorado. I wouldn't have been able to afford it any other way."

    DakotaAlaska residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, English Education
  • "'Going to college' always meant to me that I would study out-of-state. I wanted to go out on my own to discover new places and people, and study a subject I loved. While I looked at colleges during my senior year, financial realities seemed to crush all hope when I crunched the figures. Thanks to WUE, I‘m living my long-awaited dream and paying reasonable tuition, with possibility of going to medical school in the future."

    SarahNew Mexico residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Biomedical Science with a Chinese minor
  • "I’d wanted to go to college in Colorado for quite some time, and WUE made it financially possible. I am able to meet new people and experience living in a new place. Thank you!"

    DavidOregon resident2014Colorado State University
  • "WUE’s helped me achieve my academic goals by allowing me to attend an out-of-state university without putting a financial burden on me. I’ve enjoyed my studies in mechanical engineering and I’m very happy with the education I’m getting here. At CSU, WUE is merit-based (and hiring companies know this); it’s one of the reasons behind my success as a college student because it’s motivated me to maintain a high GPA."

    CourtneyArizona residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Mechanical Engineering
  • "WUE has allowed me to enroll in an institution that I would otherwise not have been able to attend. With some of the financial burden lifted, I can focus my attention on studying and the goals ahead of me. Without WUE, I wouldn’t have had the chance to experience of the State of Colorado and benefit from the educational programs and research that is abundant here. I’m extremely appreciative of the opportunities WUE has provided that will help me prepare for medical school in the future."

    MollySouth Dakota residentClass of 2012Colorado State University, Health & Exercise Science, Sports Medicine
  • "I had visited three other universities when my family and I went to visit CSU. I instantly fell in love with the campus and their equine sciences program. There was one problem, though. I would be an out-of-state student, which meant my parents would have to take out some serious loans to send me there. WUE made CSU affordable, and I don’t have to worry about bankrupting my parents or being in debt when I finish my degree. No words can adequately express how much WUE has meant to me and my family, but I hope my story will illustrate the difference it makes for students and their families."

    NicoleCalifornia residentClass of 2012Colorado State University, Equine Science
  • "The skills that one learns by moving to a new state and meeting new people cannot be learned in a classroom. Many students like me cannot afford out-of-state tuition, but thanks to WUE, I’m able to afford nonresident tuition and study restaurant and resort management, which was not offered by institutions in my home state. I value my education that I’ve received here, and I hope that WUE will continue to help students gain access to the education and opportunities that they need and deserve."

    KristenNew Mexico residentClass of 2012Colorado State University, Restaurant and Resort Management
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    "WUE allowed me to attend the university of my dreams, and without it, I could not afford to study at CSU. I’m majoring in biomedical sciences, which I find fascinating, and not many colleges offer such a program. This undergraduate degree will fulfill many of the prerequisites required for a doctorate in veterinary medicine."

    TiffanyNew Mexico residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Biomedical Sciences and Zoology
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    "Without WUE, I would not have been able to attend Colorado State University as an Equine Science major; I’m thankful for this, as the program provides outstanding preparation for vet school. WUE also makes it affordable for students move out of their home state “comfort zone” and gain more diverse perspectives. WUE’s opened many opportunities for me, and is playing a critical role in shaping my professional future."

    MelanieCalifornia residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Equine Sciences and Pre-Vet
  • "Thanks to WUE, I was able to attend my first choice university. And coming to Colorado has given me opportunities to connect with potential employers that I never would have gotten to meet otherwise. I‘ve also been able to join clubs like “Collegiate Cattlewomen” which other schools in my state don’t offer. I am now one year away from teaching students and I am thrilled that I am getting to live out my dreams because WUE made them possible."

    KacieCalifornia residentClass of 2012Colorado State University, Animal Science & Agriculture Education
  • "WUE’s made it much more affordable for me to attend CSU for my undergraduate degree in microbiology. My financial burden is lighter now, which will ultimately help me to be able to afford vet school in the future."

    HannahCalifornia residentClass of 2013Colorado State University
  • "WUE’s made my out-of-state education affordable, and even more, it’s been an excellent motivator to keep up my good grades through college—it’s helped me stay on track and focused in my studies. I encourage high school students to work hard in high school, so that they can qualify for WUE discounted tuition, which will give them more options of where they can attend college when it’s time."

    KyleCalifornia residentClass of 2012Colorado State University, Business
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    "Ever since I was a little girl I’ve wanted to study veterinary medicine. As I grew older, my passion for it only grew, but so did my awareness of how much it was going to cost, especially because Arizona does not have a veterinary program. Without WUE, my family could never afford for me to study out-of-state. WUE has allowed me to start my education at the same institution where I plan to finish it. I can't possibly describe how thankful I am for the opportunity to study here. Thank you!!"

    ChanningArizona residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Pre-veterinary medicine
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    "WUE has taken a major financial stress load off my shoulders that I have witnessed my peers suffer through. Thanks to WUE, I don’t have to balance two or three jobs to pay for my education. I’m able to fully focus on my school work, take challenging classes and maintain a 4.0 GPA, and work toward my ultimate goal of continuing to graduate school. WUE has opened so many doors for me; I’ll even be able to afford study abroad, which has been a dream of mine for years! "

    TessArizona residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Psychology
  • "Thanks to WICHE’s WUE, I’ve been able to study at an institution where I can learn everything I need to in order to achieve my goals. I had program options in my home state, but it was important to me to “get out and see the world,” away from home. WUE allowed me to attend the university I wanted, with the program I needed--at an affordable price! I’ve had an exceptional collegiate experience thus far and now I am researching graduate schools. Thank you!"

    EmmaIdaho residentClass of 2012Colorado State University, Anthropology
  • "Reduced tuition through WUE allowed me to enroll at my first choice university which happened to be out-of-state. Without WUE, it wouldn’t have been possible financially. In four years, I'll graduate with minimal debt, and maximum satisfaction."

    EmmaCalifornia residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Equine Sciences
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    "Without WUE, I wouldn't have been able to go to school out of state. While I miss home, putting myself into new situations has been the most valuable experience of my life. I've developed new perspectives, made great new friends, and have grown personally. I can't thank WICHE enough for this opportunity, and would encourage other prospective students to apply and try something new."

    RyanOregon residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Natural Resource Management
  • "WUE opened up countless options and gave me the freedom to choose the best fit for me. Without WUE, there’s no way that I could have attended CSU. Thanks WUE!"

    MaeveOregon residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Human Development & Family Studies
  • "I was born and raised in Seattle and wanted to be immersed in a completely new environment where I would also receive a world-class education. WUE made my dream come true. I am currently an undergrad at CSU in the Biomedical Science program. I’ve had access to incredible resources and amazing faculty every semester; CSU was the perfect fit for me! Without WUE, it would not have been possible. Thank you WICHE!"

    ChristinaWashington residentClass of 2012Colorado State University, Biomedical Science
  • "I love Colorado State University; the students, teachers, and the Fort Collins community have become a home away from home for me, and the relationships and wisdom I have developed are irreplaceable. CSU has one of the top programs in wildlife biology, and without WUE, I would not have been able to go there. The WUE scholarship has truly been a lifesaver, and I am very grateful to have been selected to receive this reduced tuition assistance."

    AudreyCalifornia residentClass of 2012Colorado State University, Wildlife Biology and Environmental Sociology
  • "Colorado State University not only has an excellent Nutrition and Food Science program, but it was the only college I visited that I truly fell in love with. Without WUE, paying nonresident tuition would have been near impossible, and I wouldn’t have been able to attend CSU. Thanks to reduced tuition through WUE, I am getting an excellent education at a university I love."

    HeidiMontana residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Nutrition and Food Science
  • "Without WUE, I would have not have been able to attend an out-of-state college. I am so thankful for the discounted tuition that WUE offers. It’s allowed me to fulfill my academic goals and it’s given me more opportunities than I would have had elsewhere. Thank you WICHE!"

    OliviaNevada residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Civil Engineering
  • "Without WUE, I wouldn’t have been able to study out of state. Although my parents make good money, they have yet to send my younger sister and brother through college, a factor that FAFSA and financial aid formulas do not often recognize. WUE allowed me to live my dream of studying in Colorado without racking up huge amounts of debt. WUE has been a tremendous help financially. Thank you!"

    GwenNorth Dakota residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, Anthropology, Art History and Spanish
  • "WUE has allowed me to continue attending Colorado State University despite the economic downturn. It I hadn't been for WUE, I probably would have had to transfer back to my home state for financial reasons. I cannot express how thankful I am for the WUE program. It has allowed me to continue my education in biological sciences."

    AndreaHawai'i residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, Biological Sciences
  • "I had my heart set on Western Washington University all of my senior year and couldn't picture myself anywhere else. WWU has a well-known College of Education, and I knew that their program would help me in my teaching career. WUE opened a very special door for me, and I am forever grateful!"

    LaurelOregon residentClass of 2014Western Washington University, Elementary Education
  • "I attended a track camp at NAU my freshman year of high school and fell in love with Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University. But my senior year, I had to face the reality that my parents couldn’t afford out-of-state tuition. I applied to NAU anyway, and was awarded a WUE scholarship. Thanks to WUE, my parents were able to send me to NAU. I found a major that I love and professors that I respect and admire. I've had the opportunity to attend conferences, deliver papers, apply for awards, and participate in funded research because of the amazing faculty at NAU. I am very grateful for WUE."

    WendyNew Mexico residentClass of 2011Northern Arizona University, Philosophy
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    "The WUE tuition discount allowed me to consider studio art programs that were the best fit for me in regards to curriculum and location, and not just on the basis of their cost. The WUE program made my top choice affordable: I am now studying art in beautiful Bellingham…just the place I want to be! I am ever grateful for this opportunity. Thank you WICHE and Western Washington University! "

    JasmineIdaho residentClass of 2014Western Washington University, Studio Arts
  • "I'm from a small town in northern New Mexico, and am the first in my family to pursue a graduate degree. I plan to work with children and families from minority populations. WRGP made it financially possible for me to attain a doctoral level education and I’m now enrolled in UNC’s Counseling Psychology program which is a nationally-accredited program with brilliant professors. I look forward to helping thousands of children and their families throughout my career, and this is all possible because of WRGP. Thank you WICHE!"

    JesseNew Mexico residentClass of 2014University of Northern Colorado, Counseling Psychology
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    "I had to work almost full-time in a retail pharmacy to afford my undergraduate education and was left with little time to study or perform the volunteer activities I’d previously enjoyed. Thanks to WICHE’s PSEP, I was able to complete professional pharmacy school while keeping my debt low, and working less so I could tutor classmates and volunteer at health fairs and at a local homeless shelter clinic. I’m extremely grateful for PSEP. I’m now completing a residency in pharmacotherapy and will return to Nevada to serve as a hospital pharmacist and educator. "

    ReneeNevada residentClass of 2009Midwestern University, College of Pharmacy
  • "WICHE’s PSEP has been very instrumental in helping me reach my goal of becoming a mixed-animal general practitioner. I will graduate in a few short months from Washington State University with only half of the debt load of my colleagues must bear, thanks to WICHE and my family. WICHE has allowed me to keep my debt to a reasonable amount, so that I will be able to evaluate all of the job opportunities ahead of me and begin married life without worrying about the financial burden of my seven years of education."

    KariannMontana resident2011Washington State University - College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "Words aren’t enough to express my appreciation to the State of Wyoming and WICHE! I grew up on a ranch in Wyoming and have always wanted to live and work in a rural community. Thanks to PSEP, I was able to pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian and I will be able to return to Wyoming. Without PSEP, students like me could not afford to return to their rural communities. Rather, we’d be forced to take employment in larger cities where earnings are higher, so that we could pay off our student debt. PSEP is a lifesaver for students who don’t have professional schools in their home state."

    SummerWyoming residentClass of 2012Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
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    "I wanted to go back to school to get my master’s in occupational therapy, but there’s not a program in Hawaii. WICHE’s PSEP allowed me to attend my first-choice school without the debt and other financial hardships that I would have otherwise faced. I plan return to Hawaii to practice, so that I can give back to the community that supported me. Without WICHE, I wouldn't have had the experiences that I did, and the State of Hawaii would be one more occupational therapist shy of meeting current demands."

    Connie GillHawai'i residentClass of 2011University of Puget Sound, Occupational Therapy
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    "Knowing from a young age I would be pursuing a career in medicine, WICHE’s PSEP was always a critical piece of the application puzzle. Without WICHE preference, out-of-state applicants have little chance of getting admitted into most of the medical schools around the country. I was able to mark "WICHE certified" on my applications and it helped me secure a position at the University of North Dakota. I am now pursuing a general surgery residency at a Level 1 trauma center. WICHE plays a vital role in educating physicians who will return to Montana and support the future of the profession."

    Dr. Rachel Ott, MDMontana residentClass of 2010University of North Dakota School of Medicine
  • "WICHE’s PSEP allows me to go to dental school in Oregon and pay in-state tuition with the promise of returning to New Mexico. New Mexico doesn’t have a dental school, but through WICHE I can study outside of my home state and share my professional skills with the people my home state which I love. I am extremely grateful to have been chosen as a WICHE recipient, as I see many of my classmates from out-of-state who are struggling financially. I thank WICHE and New Mexico for their support of my educational endeavors and look forward to returning home to practice dentistry."

    JennaNew Mexico residentClass of 2013Oregon Health Sciences University, School of Dentistry
  • "Since there is no physical therapy program in my home state of Wyoming, WICHE's PSEP program was the only option for me that didn't involve crippling amounts of student loans. Thanks to WICHE PSEP’s extensive network of cooperating programs, I was able to choose from several excellent but otherwise unaffordable schools. Soon I’ll be graduating and will go back to Wyoming to practice. Thanks to WICHE, I am the first member of my family to graduate from college."

    BrianWyoming residentClass of 2011Eastern Washington University, Department of Physical Therapy
  • "Since graduating with my bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene, I’ve had ambitions of obtaining my master’s. Lack of an in-state program and financial burden of out-of-state tuition prohibited me from accomplishing my goal. Reduced tuition available by enrolling through WICHE’s WRGP has eliminated this burden and allowed me to fulfill my goal. I’m excited for the knowledge I’ll gain, and the new future ahead of me. Without WRGP, a master’s in Dental Hygiene was unobtainable. Thank you, WICHE, for giving me the opportunity to start something big!"

    AndreaCalifornia residentClass of 2012Eastern Washington University, Master's in Dental Hygiene
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    "I’m currently studying veterinary medicine at Washington State University. WICHE’s PSEP has not only helped make my education affordable, but it will give me the opportunity to go back to my home state of Montana to practice mixed animal medicine and run the family ranch with my husband. Veterinary studies are stressful in and of themselves, but it’s such a relief to know that I’ll have a manageable debt load to pay off when I graduate. That would not be the case without the WICHE program."

    PerrieMontana residentClass of 2014Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
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    "I'm from Montana, and without WICHE’s PSEP it would have been almost impossible to (1) gain entry into veterinary school and (2) be able to afford it. This program will help me achieve my dream of becoming a veterinarian and assist me in keeping my debt load low enough to be able to work in a rural setting. As a first generation college graduate I am thankful for this opportunity and look forward to returning to my home state to serve the residents of Montana."

    TimMontana residentClass of 2013Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "WICHE’s WRGP has allowed me to work toward my master's degree at an out-of-state college while paying in-state tuition. It has reduced my tuition costs by half. Southern Oregon University’s Mental Health Counseling program was approved for WRGP just before I enrolled. Thanks to WRGP and SOU’s participation, I won’t have massive debt awaiting me upon graduation. WRGP is great for students; it opens up financially-viable options for higher education beyond the borders of our home states."

    DustyCalifornia residentClass of 2011Southern Oregon University, Mental Health Counseling
  • "Portland State University has the only program to educate teachers of the visually impaired in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to WICHE's WRGP, I’m able to attend PSU and pay Oregon resident tuition even though I live in Washington. I plan to teach in a field that is experiencing a serious shortage of qualified educators."

    CarrieWashington residentClass of 2012Portland State University, Education of the Visually Impaired
  • "My home state of Arizona does not have a veterinary school so WICHE’s Professional Student Exchange Program has made the difference between needing only $100K in financial aid (since I pay in-state tuition) as opposed to the $200K I would have needed to pay out-of-state tuition. It’s a huge relief to know I will be $100K less in debt when I graduate! I am very grateful for WICHE’s PSEP and the generosity of the State of Arizona."

    MeganArizona residentClass of 2012Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "I returned to the United States after having spent 26 years abroad, hoping to create a new career and new life for my family. Portland State is the only university in the Pacific Northwest that offers a program for teachers of the visually-impaired. If I had not received reduced tuition through WICHE’s WRGP, I would not only have had to stay in Italy with a job that was going nowhere, but the students with visual impairments in the school district where I now teach would be without a teacher. I would like to thank WICHE for helping me change my life and the lives of the students I serve."

    KathleenWashington residentClass of 2009Portland State University, Education of the Visually Impaired
  • "I always wanted to go to school in Washington, but when I looked into tuition costs, I was troubled and afraid I wouldn’t be able to afford it. Without a reduced tuition WUE award, I would have had to stay in Alaska and major in a subject that I was not passionate about. Fortunately, I was awarded WUE tuition at Central Washington University and it’s the perfect school for me. WICHE’s WUE program has helped make my dreams of becoming an art teacher a reality!"

    AliciaAlaska residentClass of 2014Central Washington University, Art Education
  • "In brief, PSEP has reduced my debt load. Having to go out of state typically means higher tuition, but PSEP saved me about $10K a year, for which I am grateful. As a 50-year-old, I will have much less time to pay off my loans and save for retirement, so every bit helps. Thank you!"

    KentWyoming residentClass of 2010Eastern Washington University
  • "There is no Occupational Therapy program in Montana so I was concerned about the expense of out-of-state and private tuition. Fortunately, WICHE’s PSEP gave me access to a strong network of cooperating schools at an affordable price. I’m now attending Pacific University and discovering my dream career. I am so grateful for WICHE and Montana’s financial support. Thank you!"

    AmyMontana residentSpring 2013Pacific University, Occupational Therapy
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    "WICHE’s PSEP has allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming of physical therapist by providing me with reduced tuition. Without it, I may not have been able to attend the University of Utah’s program, nor receive the education that I value so much. Thanks to WICHE’s PSEP and the State of Wyoming, I’ll be able to serve others and achieve my professional potential."

    AshleeWyoming residentClass of 2013University of Utah, Physical Therapy
  • "WICHE's played an important role in my education. I first used WUE to attend college in Alaska while I was a resident of Washington. I earned my bachelor's degree and met my husband there; he was also a WUE student! Now, I’m enrolled through WRGP to attend PSU while I reside in Montana. I have a blind son and want to teach the visually-impaired. Thanks to WRGP, I’ll be a better educator for my son and children like him. WICHE’s student exchange programs have been invaluable to me and my family, and I hope to see them active for many years. Perhaps my children will use them in the future!"

    EmilyMontana residentClass of 2012Portland State University, Special Education and Visually Impaired Learners
  • "Montana does not have a veterinary school and out-of-state tuition is typically $30K more than in-state. Without WICHE funding, I may not have been able to attend vet school. If I had had to take out student loans, I would have finished with $250K in debt. I was ecstatic when I received WICHE funding! I cannot express how thankful I am that WICHE has PSEP, and I fully support its continued funding. Once finished, I plan on doing an internship and a residency in equine medicine. Then I’ll return to Montana to pursue my career and raise my family."

    NicoleMontana residentClass of 2012Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "Without the reduced tuition I get through WUE, I'd probably end up with lower grades because of the extra work hours I'd need to do in order to pay for tuition. Thanks to WUE, my education is affordable and I can focus on my studies! "

    CharlesColorado residentClass of 2013California Maritime Academy, Marine Transportation
  • "WICHE’s Western Regional Graduate Program has allowed me to get a graduate degree at an out-of-state university that I wouldn't have been able to afford otherwise. Thank you so much for allowing me to continue my education. I am truly grateful for the reduced tuition rate offered by WSU through WRGP!"

    SeanIdaho residentClass of 2011Washington State University, Food Science
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    "After a decade working as a writer and editor, I decided to return to school to study communication research and fulfill my dream of earning a graduate degree. WICHE’s WRGP allowed me to cast my net wider and search for affordable journalism graduate programs outside of my home state of Washington. Now, I am happily working on a master's degree in Public Communication & Technology at Colorado State University, enrolled through WRGP. Thank you!"

    TheodoreWashington residentClass of 2012Colorado State University, Public Communication & Technology
  • "WICHE’s Western Regional Graduate Program has allowed me to experience a new state and study in a graduate program that will allow me to advance professionally. WSU’s Food Science curriculum is the perfect mix for what I wanted to study. Thank you! "

    LaurenColorado residentClass of 2015Washington State University, Food Science
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    "I’m studying Musical Theatre at Central Washington University. The theatre and performing have been my life since I was very small. When I visited CWU, I fell in love with the campus and Ellensburg; I didn't want to go anywhere else. I had my back-up plans, but luckily I didn't have to use them. My parents wouldn’t have been able to afford CWU without WUE, as my sister is also enrolled in a private college. Thanks to WUE, I am following my dreams and will get the chance to go to Europe for a month as part of my studies. Thank you!"

    WhitneyOregon residentClass of 2014Central Washington University, Musical Theatre
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    "I wasn't entirely committed to attending graduate school at this time in my life until I heard about the in-state tuition opportunity offered through WICHE’s WRGP. The University of Utah’s distinctive technology-enhanced doctoral program in Social Work allows me to live in my home state and attend school on campus only 12 weeks. It’s let me continue with my career and family life while earning my doctorate. I am now in my third semester, have a 4.0 GPA, and have been able to work full-time for two semesters. Thank you WICHE! "

    CynthiaCalifornia residentClass of 2013University of Utah
  • "I’ll be the first member of my family to receive a college degree. Without the reduced tuition available through WUE, it would have cost over $100K to attend college. I have learned so much in my first semester at Central Washington University. I hold tremendous gratitude for the WUE program. WUE is a worthy investment; it's allowed me to improve my life, and I feel called to give back to the community in honor of the assistance extended to me. Thank you!"

    KelseyOregon residentClass of 2014Central Washington University
  • "Serving as a Cadet at California Maritime Academy has been life-changing. My peers drive me to always 'do better' and I’ve gained hands-on experience, cruising through the Pacific Ocean on the school’s 500-foot training ship, The Golden Bear. Now in my senior year, I’m in charge of the Housing and Resident Life Program, serve as a leader in the Corps of Cadets, participate in the Gold Medal Leadership Program, and am president of the Student Body Association. I am grateful to WICHE; WUE has helped me reach my full potential and become more than prepared for life beyond college."

    SeanWashington residentClass of 2011California Maritime Academy, Global Studies and Maritime Affairs
  • "I am so grateful to have received help from WICHE’s PSEP so that I could attend medical school at the University of Arizona - Phoenix to become a physician. I’m a fourth-year student, and I will soon enter a residency program in internal medicine, likely to be followed by a fellowship in oncology. The road is a long one, but after my fellowship I look forward to returning to Montana and caring for patients.”"

    MarisaMontana residentClass of 2011University of Arizona, College of Medicine
  • "Since I was 18, I’ve wanted to work with gorillas and their wildlife conservation. Due to layoffs, my parents had no way of helping me pay for school. Without WRGP I wouldn’t have been able to attend Central Washington University which is the only school in the U.S. that offers a master’s in Primate Animal Behavior. Enrollment through WRGP saves me about $2,500 each quarter. Thank you, THANK YOU!!!"

    BreaOregon residentClass of 2013Central Washington University, Primate Animal Behavior and Ecology
  • "I'm enrolled at California Maritime Academy as a Hawaii resident. Without WUE, I'd have to delay my college aspirations for one year to gain in-state residency. Out-of-state tuition rates are astronomical and I’m grateful to have received reduced tuition through WUE. Getting a college education is just too important to put on hold, and WUE made it affordable now!"

    DrewHawai'i residentClass of 2012California Maritime Academy, Maritime Transportation
  • "WUE is awesome. Without it, I would not be able to afford college. WUE has helped me achieve my dreams and further my education so that can pursue my international career goals."

    JeffreyWashington residentClass of 2013California Maritime Academy, Global Studies and International Affairs
  • "I’d always dreamed of attending college out of state. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, explore, and redefine myself. When I came across Western Washington University, I knew it was the perfect place for me. I applied and was accepted, but was extremely nervous about how I would afford tuition, until I was offered WUE. It allowed me to pursue my education in a setting where I am surrounded by positive people, invigorating academics, and a breath-taking natural environment. I now work in admissions at WWU and see firsthand how WUE allows students like me the opportunity to dream big!"

    JilianUtah residentClass of 2012Western Washington University, Sociology and Elementary Education
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    "I was a senior in chemistry at Idaho State University when I first discovered the field of food science. Then I enrolled in Washington State University’s graduate program in food science through WRGP. Without the WRGP reduced tuition rate, my dream of becoming a food scientist/technologist would not have been possible. Now I work for a major U.S. company designing new consumer food products. Thank you for making my dream come true! I am truly blessed to work in a profession that I love!!"

    JosieIdaho residentClass of 2007Washington State University, Food Science
  • "WICHE’s PSEP has offered me a means to pursue my dream career in veterinary medicine. The State of New Mexico does not have its own veterinary school, but PSEP makes veterinary education affordable and feasible! I strongly encourage students to apply for WICHE’s PSEP. And a heartfelt thankyou to the residents of the State of New Mexico and our legislators for their continued support of this key program!"

    LoganNew Mexico residentClass of 2014Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "WUE made attending Central Washington University affordable and I wouldn't have been able to go there without it. I’m now enrolled in their Psychology and Sociology program and look forward to helping others after I graduate."

    TravisColorado residentClass of 2013Central Washington University, Psychology and Sociology
  • "Without WICHE, I could not attend graduate school. As an adult student and parent, I have no flexibility in geography, and options for master’s degrees are few in northern Idaho. Washington State University Spokane is conveniently located and offers a robust MHPA program. When I was laid off recently, I knew pursuing a master’s was the best option for me and my family, but I could not afford out-of-state tuition. Thanks to WICHE’s WRGP, I now have an exciting career ahead of me. I am very grateful for this opportunity! "

    AmyIdaho residentClass of 2010Washington State University, Spokane, Health Policy and Administration
  • "WICHE’s Professional Student Exchange Program allowed me to receive an affordable professional education at an out-of-state institution. I was able to pay in-state tuition for all four years of my dental school education. It's an important program that gives equal opportunity to residents of states without their own professional program."

    BradyArizona residentClass of 2011University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry
  • "WRGP enabled me to participate in one of the only graduate level Rehabilitation Counseling programs in the country that really engages students with Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HOH) issues. For this I feel very fortunate; it has helped me grow as a deaf individual both inside and outside of the classroom. Students who are themselves deaf/HOH or have an interest in working with this population will greatly benefit from similar opportunities—such unique resources are scarce in some areas of the country."

    JesseColorado residentClass of 2011, Rehabilitation Counseling: DeafnessWestern Oregon University
  • "I grew up in a rural community in central Utah. Thanks to WICHE’s PSEP, it is financially feasible for me to attend a veterinary college and I am on my way to fulfilling my dream of becoming a veterinarian. A reduced student debt load is an important factor for those who desire to serve a rural area. I am grateful for the WICHE program, and I hope that Utah legislators will continue to support veterinary medicine studies in order to meet the state’s workforce needs."

    KhirstaUtah residentClass of 2012Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "WICHE’s PSEP is essential for those of us that want to enter in the veterinary profession but don't have the financial means to pay four years of nonresident tuition. Coming from rural Montana, PSEP gave me the chance to fulfill my dream of a career in veterinary medicine. Even more importantly, I’ll have the option of opening a rural practice, since I will have a lower student debt load when I graduate, and for that I'm thankful! "

    KatrinaMontana residentClass of 2013Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "There were very few programs in Montana that offered Writing as a major. The WUE program was a huge help and gave me an affordable out-of-state option. I plan to continue my studies in Washington. The WUE program has made my dream career in writing possible!"

    MaryMontana residentClass of 2014, Writing SpecializationCentral Washington University
  • "When I learned I was accepted at Central Washington University, I was overwhelmed at the thought of nonresident graduate tuition. I was ecstatic to learn that I could enroll through WICHE's WRGP and pay resident tuition. I'm thrilled to be a part of CWU's Primate Behavior program that prepares future primatologists for scientific studies in captive or fieldwork settings. I spent last summer in Indonesia conducting research on gibbon vocalizations and pair-bonding behaviors. Thanks to WICHE, I can enjoy my graduate studies without having to stress over alarming nonresident tuition costs."

    GraceCalifornia residentClass of 2011, Primate BehaviorCentral Washington University
  • "Without reduced WUE tuition, I would not have been able to afford college. Thank you! "

    DesiNevada residentClass of 2014Central Washington University
  • "The WUE program has significantly helped me with my goal of becoming a teacher and in continuing my education. I am now able to go to my school of choice without the stress of figuring out how to pay for the out-of-state tuition. WUE has given me the opportunity to experience living and learning in a different state and in a place where I feel I can learn the most. I really appreciate the help WUE has given me -- without it, I could not afford such an experience. Thank you very much! "

    LeslieCalifornia residentClass of 2014, Music EducationCentral Washington University
  • "I was born and raised in Alaska. After graduation from high school, I wanted to travel and study outside of my home state, but I was discouraged by the high out-of-state tuition rates. After hearing about WUE, I began to look at western universities outside of Alaska. I am now enrolled at Central Washington University and thoroughly enjoying my educational experience and involvement with the Central Equestrian Team. This would not have been possible without WUE. I am so thankful for the wonderful opportunity I was given, and for CWU's participation in WUE!"

    MaryAlaska residentClass of 2014, BiologyCentral Washington University
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    "The cost of veterinary school is substantial for anyone, but for students from humble backgrounds, especially those that want to return to their home states and towns, the high cost can be a deal-breaker. I would have had to seriously reconsider my dream of becoming a veterinarian without WICHE PSEP support. And, the preferential admission that WICHE students receive substantially increases our odds of getting accepted into vet school as out-of-state residents. I am truly grateful for the support I've received and hope that Montana will continue to fund this vital program."

    KatherineMontana residentClass of 2013Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
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    "I was fortunate enough to receive funding through Nevada WICHE’s PSEP before the opening of UNLV's dental school. The WICHE support helped reduce my student debt load down to approximately $200K, which sounds like a lot until you compare it to my classmates who graduated with over $300K in debt! After I graduated, I was chosen to participate in the state’s loan repayment program which further reduced my student loan burden. I’ve paid off a significant portion of my loans while doing what I love: helping the underserved children of my community."

    Dr. James Mann, DDSNevada residentClass of 2006University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry
  • "I cannot express enough gratitude for the WICHE Professional Student Exchange Program. My home state of Wyoming did not offer a professional degree in veterinary medicine. With PSEP support, I was able to choose from the best schools in the nation and pay in-state tuition. I am able to pursue my dream of small animal private practice, and do so without an unrealistic amount of student debt. Thank you Wyoming and WICHE for your support!"

    DaniWyoming residentClass of 2011Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "As an Oregon resident from one of the many families that make too much money to qualify for financial aid but still struggle to pay for college, WUE meant that I could study in California as I had dreamed of, enroll at a college with a good business program, and take out minimal student loans. I can't even begin to describe how much the reduced tuition through WUE has meant for my family and me. I'll be forever indebted to the WUE program."

    AftenOregon residentClass of 2012California State University-East Bay, Business Administration, Accounting and Entrepreneurship
  • "The WUE program was the best thing that has happened to me! It opened doors to opportunities to go away for college outside of my home state of Hawaii. I never thought I’d be able to study out-of-state, due to my financial situation. WUE gave me opportunity to grow as a teen into a competent and independent adult with a college degree. WUE is a life-changer for anyone who wants to go away for college and grow as a person."

    CalHawai'i residentClass of 2014California State University East Bay, Biology/Environmental Sciences
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    "WUE sparked my interest in high school because I was set on attending a school outside of Oregon. I opted for California State University, East Bay because I have family in the area. Out-of-state tuition is very expensive in California, and the reduced tuition was a relief for my parents who were putting multiple kids through college. As California budget cuts later increased, I saw fellow students struggle to pay out-of-state tuition because their home states weren't part of WUE. I am very grateful for the assistance. I‘ve since graduated and am waiting to enroll in law school."

    DeryaOregon residentClass of 2010California State University, East Bay, Political Science
  • "I am currently enrolled in the Occupational Therapy program at Pacific University in Oregon. My home state does not have such a program. I wouldn’t be able to afford the schooling costs without the support of WICHE’s PSEP; it reduced my student loan debt significantly. In addition, I am able to focus on my studies rather than holding a job to support myself. I am looking forward to returning to Hawaii after graduation, so that I can give back to the community."

    Man WaHawai'i residentClass of 2013Pacific University, Occupational Therapy
  • "Without reduced tuition through WRGP, I would probably not be able to afford the continuing education that has been a goal of mine. The University of Arizona is a recognized leader in the field of optics, and WRGP has allowed me to enroll in their program through distance learning while residing in New Mexico. Thanks to WRGP, I have the flexibility to travel for work while studying on the road. WRGP allows me to take advantage of these opportunities without missing class, which is essential in my education development."

    RudyNew Mexico residentClass of 2012University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences
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    "I am so appreciative of my chance to enroll through WICHE’s PSEP to achieve my degree in veterinary medicine. The program played a crucial role in making my dream of becoming a veterinarian possible; it allows me to focus on my education instead of the high financial costs. Continued support of PSEP will allow many talented students to pursue their career goals and produce dedicated professionals in critical fields that Wyoming and the other WICHE states need. Thank you to WICHE and Wyoming for giving me this opportunity!"

    AmandaWyoming residentClass of 2011Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
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    "I am very grateful for WICHE’s Professional Student Exchange Program. Thanks to WICHE funding from the State of Arizona, I can attend Oregon Health & Science University and pay in-state tuition. This will help relieve a lot of the financial burden when I graduate. WICHE support is helping me realize my dream to help others through dentistry."

    Tian "Annie"Arizona residentClass of 2014Oregon Health & Science University, School of Dentistry
  • "The University of Utah’s College of Social Work has access to resources not available in my home state of Hawaii. Thanks to WICHE’s WRGP, I can attend the school of my choice and earn an advanced degree in my field with an emphasis that is not currently available in my home state."

    PaulaHawai'i residentClass of 2014University of Utah, PhD in Social Work
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    "I am very grateful for WICHE’s Professional Student Exchange Program. I would never have been able to enroll in veterinary school without this wonderful program. It has allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian and start a family, as I got married and was blessed with a baby boy while in vet school. Thank you WICHE, and the great State of Wyoming, for supporting this amazing program to help out people like me."

    DanielleWyoming residentClass of 2011Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "I’ve always wanted to be a veterinarian, and growing up on a small ranch in Wyoming reinforced my aspirations. But I didn't have access to a veterinary school in Wyoming, so I would be paying out-of-state tuition at any institution I attended. Then I learned about PSEP, where I would pay in-state-tuition thanks to the support of my home state. Instead of facing tremendous student debt, I can now focus on my schooling without the looming dread of hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans to pay back! Thank you Wyoming, for helping me pursue my dream of becoming a large animal veterinarian!"

    PamWyoming residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
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    "Attending veterinary school has been a lifetime dream of mine, but not having a vet school in your home state can be a major disadvantage, both acceptance-rate wise and financially. As a Nevada resident, I had to look elsewhere for veterinary school, but thanks to WICHE I was given an advantage in the applicant pools of western veterinary schools. Furthermore, WICHE has allowed me to receive a first-class veterinary education with half the debt I would have accrued as an out-of-state student, which I will appreciate for years to come as I pay off my student loans."

    MeghanNevada residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
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    "I am so thankful for the Western Regional Graduate Program that allows me to pay in-state tuition as an Idaho resident while attending graduate school at USU. It has made a significant difference in my life and has enabled me to focus on learning and developing skills that will increase my competitiveness in the job market, rather than worrying about how to pay for tuition. I really appreciate the assistance and will be forever grateful!"

    LeahIdaho residentClass of 2012Utah State University, Human Resource Management
  • "WICHE's Professional Student Exchange Program made it possible for me to go to veterinary school at Colorado State University. Without my home state of Montana's support through this program, I would not have been able to afford to go to veterinary school at all."

    KatieMontana residentClass of 2014Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
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    "I will soon graduate from the Master's of Science in Human Resources program at Utah State University. WICHE's Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) has allowed me to enroll in this excellent program; without it, I would not have been able to leave Oregon and attend USU because of financial restrictions. I am thankful that Oregon and Utah participate in WRGP, as it has allowed me to further my knowledge and education. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity and experience!"

    CariOregon residentClass of 2010Utah State University
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    "I was born and raised in Arizona. Enrolling through PSEP has helped me provide for my family while going through medical school. Thanks to WICHE support, the tuition I’m paying at a private osteopathic medical school is close to what I would have paid if I had enrolled in Arizona’s public medical school at the U of A. I would like to thank the people of the State of Arizona for allowing our state government to support me and other students, in an effort to build the healthcare workforce. I look forward to serving you as an Arizona physician in the near future!"

    MichaelArizona residentClass of 2012Midwestern University, Glendale, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • "As an Idaho resident, it was such a relief when I learned I was awarded reduced WRGP tuition for my master's studies Utah State University. WRGP has been a blessing; it allows me to focus on my studies and not worry about taking an additional job to supplement my income, since I have a wife and two children at home. And, it will keep my future student loan payments manageable, which will help me to continue my professional life. Thanks WRGP!"

    DanielIdaho residentClass of 2011Utah State University, Human Resources
  • "As a Wyoming resident, getting admitted to medical school is challenging because we have no in-state program. WICHE’s PSEP provided me with options! The University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine has given me a strong medical education as well as a rich cultural and personal experience. I will graduate in May and plan to pursue a residency in orthopedic surgery. The value of PSEP is immeasurable, and I would advocate that the State of Wyoming continue to support students through WICHE’s PSEP. Without it, I might not have become the future physician I am today."

    JaredWyoming residentClass of 2011University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • "After 10 years of professional experience as an educator, I decided to return to academia for a master's in human resource management. My home state of Oregon only offered one such program in a private university, so the expense was prohibitive. Through WRGP, I was able to pursue my chosen degree in a partner state and I am thrilled with the quality of the program. WRGP truly made my higher education possible and I couldn't have done it otherwise. Thanks!"

    MatthewOregon residentClass of 2011Utah State University, Human Resource Management
  • "WUE has greatly benefited me throughout my college career at New Mexico State University. Being a resident of Nevada, I would normally be expected to pay out-of-state tuition, but instead, I pay a reduced rate. Without WUE, I may not have been able to afford NMSU and achieve my goal of earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. WUE allows students from many different Western states to attend NMSU, and I am grateful that it participates in the program!"

    LeslieNevada residentBusiness administration, Class of 2012New Mexico State University
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    "I had my heart set on studying something to do with the environment, but neither of my home state of Nevada’s two universities offered programs that fit my interests. WUE allows me to pursue my education out of state…. I’m enrolled in one of the top undergrad environmental journalism programs in the country!”"

    BeckyNevada residentWestern Washington University, Environmental Journalism
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    "After graduating with my PhD in cancer biology from the University of Arizona, I set out to continue my journey of life-long learning in veterinary medicine at Colorado State University. I am extremely appreciative of WICHE’s continued excellence, and applaud their success in making a difference in the lives of the students they support, both financially and personally. Thanks to Arizona’s assistance through WICHE, I am confident I will one day contribute to scientific discoveries in veterinary and comparative animal medicine."

    JessicaArizona residentClass of 2013Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
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    "I’m an Arizona resident and chose to enroll at New Mexico State University. NMSU was the ideal university for me because their animal science degree program best fits my goals. Since I was able to enroll through WICHE’s Western Undergraduate Exchange, it was actually more affordable to go to school there. I am so appreciative of WUE—now I can pursue my dream career in the equine industry. Thank you!"

    HannahArizona residentClass of 2012New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, Animal Science
  • "I recently graduated from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In Nevada, there is no veterinary program so I had to go out of state, and WICHE was the only way I could afford to do so. Thanks to WICHE and Nevada for helping me achieve my goal of becoming a veterinarian. I would not have been able to do it without their help!"

    Dr. Amanda C., DVMNevada residentClass of 2009Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
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    "It’s easy to become overwhelmed by academic responsibilities and the staggering debt that is accrued in four years while preparing for a career in medicine. WICHE has been a life-saver, making private tuition as affordable as a public program. The support has allowed me to focus more on succeeding in my profession instead of dwelling on financial hardship. The assistance has allowed me to become the best physician I can be, which will ultimately benefit my future patients--the residents of Arizona. Thank you, WICHE!"

    NathanielArizona residentClass of 2012Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • "I graduated with my DVM from Colorado State University in 1996. I returned to Utah after my residency and have been in private veterinary practice for more than 13 years and now employ a staff of eight. The WICHE program made my life-long professional goal possible. It gives students access to a top-quality education from well-established programs at a lower cost that what a state would have to spend to operate its own program. WICHE makes cost-prohibitive dreams come true!"

    Dr. John Farrer, DVMUtah residentClass of 1996Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
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    "The State of Arizona offers a public program in allopathic medicine, and two private programs in osteopathic medicine. For an Arizona resident, allopathic medicine is the most affordable option. However, the osteopathic medical approach aligns better with my personal medical philosophy. Thanks to WICHE support, financial considerations did not dictate my choice. Now I can pursue my dream of serving my fellow Arizona residents as an osteopathic physician."

    EricArizona residentClass of 2013Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • "The cost of education is a formidable obstacle to anyone desiring to enter veterinary medicine, and the cost for nonresident students is almost double. I was accepted at several veterinary schools, but without WICHE PSEP support, I would have had to refuse the offers. WICHE support makes the costs manageable, and has allowed me to embark on my dream. I am now enrolled at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and am thoroughly enjoying the curriculum as I prepare to serve my home state of Utah."

    DavidUtah residentClass of 2013Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "I am very grateful to the State of Utah for allowing me to study veterinary medicine through the WICHE program. After graduation, I returned to Utah and have been practicing here for five years.Given the large ratio of debt to income for a veterinarian, my financial burden would have been insurmountable without WICHE support. I hope Utah will continue to give hard-working students the chance to access the best quality education available through the WICHE program."

    Dr. Kate Hooley, DVMUtah residentClass of 2005Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "I studied veterinary medicine at Washington State University and WICHE funding reduced my debt load substantially. The support allowed me to return to my home state of Utah to practice for three years following graduation. Subsequently, I have been able to pursue a veterinary residency, instead of postponing it for financial reasons. I encourage Utah's legislators to continue to support the WICHE program. "

    Dr. Melissa C., DVMUtah residentClass of 2006Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "Without WICHE I would never have been able to fulfill my lifelong dream of being a veterinarian. Upon graduation, I plan to return to my home state of Montana to practice veterinary medicine. Without WICHE support, this would not be feasible. I am so thankful that I had WICHE as an option, and I hope that others from my Montana with similar dreams will also benefit from this program! "

    Bobbi JoMontana residentClass of 2012Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
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    "Ever since I was five, I knew that I wanted to be a veterinarian but never thought about the cost! Without WICHE support, I would have had to let my dream die and been forced to pursue a second-choice career. I encourage our legislators to continue to support WICHE’s PSEP, as it is often the only way for many low income students raised in rural agricultural areas to pursue higher education. It will allow me to return to Montana and serve the state’s shortage of food animal veterinarians. It’s a “win-win” for both student and the state. Thanks Montana!"

    KelseyMontana residentClass of 2012Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "My counselor for my recent student exit interview informed me that the average optometry graduate owes around $130,000 in student loans! As a WICHE recipient, I can say that the support absolutely makes a difference. The WICHE PSEP support I receive from the State of Wyoming reduced my debt load and has allowed me the opportunity to pursue a one-year residency program in Oklahoma. With the advanced skills I’m learning, I’ll be qualified to treat more complex ocular conditions when I establish my practice in a rural area. "

    Dr. Kaila Osmotherly, ODWyoming residentClass of 2010Pacific University, College of Optometry
  • "Without WICHE support, I wouldn’t have been able to attend optometry school. PSEP has allowed me to keep my loan debt to a minimum despite ever increasing tuition costs (more than $30,000 for the 2010-11 academic year), not to mention an additional $6,000 for equipment, books, and travel. I want to return to Montana and practice in the state that has given me this great opportunity. "

    KrisMontana residentClass of 2011Pacific University, College of Optometry
  • "My 'Aunt WICHE' from Nevada has made going to optometry school possible. Without her help, I'd be on a restricted diet of Top Ramen! My peers who don't receive assistance from family (like my Aunt WICHE) must go on food stamps to offset their meager loans. Thanks to WICHE's PSEP, I can pay my rent and buy required optometric equipment. I am proud to be a Nevadan: my state government supports me and values my future profession! I believe I'll be a valuable part of Nevada's healthcare system and I look forward to serving my state. "

    NickiNevada residentClass of 2012Pacific University, College of Optometry
  • "As a husband and father of three children, the challenge of funding my professional optometry education has been overwhelming. My undergraduate advisor encouraged me to apply for WICHE PSEP funding and I am glad I followed her wise counsel! When I received the award letter from the State of Idaho notifying me that I was selected, I felt a great sense of appreciation--and relief! PSEP has reduced my financial stress allowed me to dedicate myself to my family and maintain a healthy work-life balance, which ultimately contributes to my success as a student."

    DylanIdaho residentClass of 2013Pacific University, College of Optometry
  • "I recently graduated from Pacific University’s optometry program and returned to practice in a small community in my home state of North Dakota. Many of my peers who didn’t receive WICHE support were forced to stay in urban areas where salaries are higher, so that they can afford to pay off their student loans; some of them owe staggering amounts of almost $200,000! I am deeply grateful to WICHE’s PSEP and the State of North Dakota. WICHE support gave me the luxury of establishing my rural practice. "

    Dr. Candace Paul Hoff, ODNorth Dakota residentClass of 2008Pacific University, College of Optometry