Colorado is one of the most educated states in the nation, ranking high in the percentage of adults who attended college and hold bachelor's degrees. But state funding for higher education isn't what it used to be -- according to the American Council on Education, state support shrank nearly 70 percent between 1980 and 2011. The same study says funding could dry up completely by 2019; so perhaps it's no coincidence that the revenue public colleges and universities here get from tuition has increased every year since 2007.
Student and Graduate Testimonials
Here's what students and graduates are saying about WICHE's Student Exchange Programs
"I studied and worked in the accounting industry prior to re-enrolling at Metro State to complete a degree that I had started there several years earlier. When I learned about the WUE program, I knew then that I could fulfill my dream and earn my bachelor's in accounting. Thank you for this wonderful program! I plan to spread the word to others about WUE, and how it can help achieve dreams and goals. "
— Tammy, South Dakota resident, Class of 2017, Metro State University of Denver, Bachelor of Science in Accounting
"My home state of Hawaii does not offer an industrial design program, but thanks to WICHE's Western Undergraduate Exchange, I now have the opportunity to pursue my dream of becoming an industrial designer. I am now enrolled at Metro State and get to experience life in Colorado."
— Curren, Hawai'i resident, Class of 2020, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Industrial Design
"WUE made it affordable for me to get my education and to experience life in a different state."
— Marisa, Hawai'i resident, May 2016, Northern Arizona University, Psychology
"My goal is to become an explosives researcher. The WUE program provided me with the reduced tuition rate I needed to make this dream become a reality."
— Joshua, Washington resident, Class of 2018, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Mineral Engineering with an emphasis in Explosives Engineering
"WUE is such a great program. It helped me achieve my academic goals by allowing me to attend a college outside my home state for reduced tuition. It cut my college debt in half! Thank you so much for allowing me to participate in WUE."
— Dietrich, Wyoming resident, Class of 2016, Western New Mexico University, Bachelor's of Interdisciplinary Studies
"I am from a small, rural island known as Saipan, which is found in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The community college there didn't offer all of the classes I needed for my major. Fortunately, our government became a member of WICHE, so I have more options. WUE gave me an affordable post-secondary education and a first-rate science education. I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, majoring in biology. Once I graduate, I plan to pursue pharmacy school. Without WICHE's WUE program, I would not have been able to pursue better educational opportunities in order to fulfill my academic and future professional goals, And for that, my parents and I are forever grateful."
— Aldreen, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands resident, Class of 2018, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Biology
"After five years away from the classroom I was ready to progress in my education, but given the high nonresident tuition, it seemed impossible. I applied for the discounted WUE rate and got it! I was overwhelmed with relief. Now, I'm back on track to obtain my RN degree. I couldn't be happier knowing that I don't have to pay a fortune. It makes me happy to know that WUE is there to help people like me get a second shot at their dreams. Thank you!!"
— Joshua, Utah resident, Class of 2019, Pueblo Community College, Nursing
"I envisioned Alaska as the perfect place to attend college. I could get out of town, yet the similarities the landscape shared with my home state of Montana would make the transition smooth. I could conduct research in unique places like the Brooks Range, Seward Peninsula, or Minto Flats and see musk oxen and the aurora unlike anywhere else I’d been. The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is a welcoming campus, and Fairbanks itself is alive and entertaining. However, the non-resident tuition and boarding costs would have totaled more than $29,000 — a price my family would have struggled to pay. Luckily, I am able to study Natural Resources Management at UAF with the help of WUE which reduced my college costs by more than $11,000. With the added help of scholarships, my family and I were able to afford college at UAF and make my experience memorable, rewarding, and worthwhile. "
— Jessica, Montana resident, Class of 2018, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Natural Resource Management
"WUE has helped me for the past four years by keeping my tuition at 150% of in-state, which is significantly less than full out-of-state tuition. "
— Erik, Wyoming resident, Class of 2016, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Psychology
"When it came time for me to choose which colleges I wanted to apply to, I was looking for the most "bang for my buck," so out-of-state colleges didn't seem like a viable option. When I learned about WUE, it opened up so many more opportunities that I thought weren't possible. I ended up attending college in Colorado, quite a ways away from my home state of Washington. The reduced tuition rate I pay (thanks to WUE) has given me the financial means to experience college to the fullest, including study abroad, participation in student organizations, and honor society. I am forever grateful for WUE and am always spreading the news to other prospective students who think they don't have many choices because of high out-of-state tuition."
— Alicia, Washington resident, Class of 2016, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Criminal Justice and Spanish
"I am from Utah and would have never been able to afford out-of-state tuition. Thanks to WUE, I am studying accounting at MSU Denver and have loved every minute of it. I have met amazing people and have grown to love this city and state. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to go to school here and the experiences it's given me. "
— Kailey, Utah resident, Class of 2017, Metropolitan State University, Accounting
"I was always on the fence when it came to seeking a higher education, until my wife and I decided to bite the bullet and pursue the career that I am passionate about: physical therapy. My family and I had just moved to Arizona when I decided to attend undergraduate school. Then I found out that Northland Pioneer College participates in WUE. Not only did it save me from paying out -of-state tuition, but I paid about the same as I would have in my home state of Utah, as a resident. WUE has been an excellent program to jump start my career path to becoming a physical therapist. And, I now serve as one of the main contacts for the WUE program for Northland Pioneer College!"
— Morgan, Utah resident, Class of 2020, Northland Pioneer College and Northern Arizona University, Physical Therapy
"WUE has given me the opportunity to do something that nobody in my family has done before: I'm the first in my family to leave Maui, attend a four-year university on the mainland, get a degree, and create a brighter future for myself! WUE made tuition affordable and made possible the many great opportunities I've experienced since I enrolled at the University of Northern Colorado. I've grown in terms of maturity, intelligence, responsibility, and socially. This is a great program and an amazing opportunity for students."
— Joshua, Hawai'i resident, Class of 2017, University of Northern Colorado, General Business
"I'm from Hawaii. My goal after high school was to gain new experiences and enroll in a program that would make me a great future teacher. University of Northern Colorado (UNCO) provided everything I wanted in college and with a welcoming atmosphere that I instantly loved. Costs associated with being an out-of-state student and airfare to Hawaii are expensive, but thanks to WICHE's WUE program, I was able to afford UNCO. I am grateful for the WICHE program and the opportunity it's given me to grow and learn at the perfect school for me."
— Jewel, Hawai'i resident, Class of 2017, University of Northern Colorado , Elementary Education
"I was seeking an online education because of my current responsibilities, and Western New Mexico University (WNMU) was the only accredited college with an online program that participated in WUE. Out-of-state tuition is extremely high, so needless to say, without WUE I wouldn't have been able to continue my college education. Thank you for creating such a wonderful program."
— Araceli, California resident, Class of 2017, Western New Mexico University, Bachelor's of Social Work