Wyoming

Charlotte

WRGP
2010
Class of 2012
University of Utah
Doctor of Nursing

After 25 years in the nursing profession something came over me that motivated me to want 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 the WICHE program I would not have been able to afford to fulfill this goal. With the current economy, this degree was not an option if I was to have to be responsible for full out of state tuition. I can now offer my patients, colleagues and community a new and improved me! The WICHE program provides an amazing opportunity for those of us in neighboring states to utilize resources without costly duplication of services. Thank you for this opportunity!

Charlotte Mason

What is your home state of residency?: 
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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!

Jessica

PSEP
2011
Class of 2013
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Physician Assistant

The opportunity that the WICHE PSEP program has given me to enter a healthcare program that isn't available in my home state was a huge opportunity! I have been able to study at one of the best Physician Assistant programs in the country and to become a professional that helps improve the wellbeing of the people in my community. I am extremely grateful to the WICHE program for helping me to realize my dream of becoming a well-educated Physician Assistant and I hope that this program continues to give students from the great state of Wyoming a chance to have the same life-changing opportunities that I have experienced through the WICHE PSEP program.

Jessica Martineau

What is your home state of residency?: 
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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.

Kyle

PSEP
2010
Class of 2014
Southern California College of Optometry
Optometry

WICHE is one of the best educational programs offered in the United States. With the raising cost of tuition, housing and everyday expenses, this grant greatly helps those lucky enough to receive it. The total cost of student loans for only four years of optometry school is over $200,000. With WICHE, this helps bring down those costs to an area that will be more manageable to pay back upon graduation. Students greatly need programs like WICHE and I am truly grateful to have received it to help in my educational endeavors and would love to see future health care students receive this for years to come.

Kyle Ryff

What is your home state of residency?: 
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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.

Dr. J. Hazen, O.D.

PSEP
2008
Class of 2012
Pacific University, College of Optometry

After graduating I returned back to Wyoming with a mountain of student debt and set out to buy a established community practice. My debt to income ratio is high but Not high enough that I wasn't able to secure a loan and accomplish the ultimate goal of any practitioner in having my own practice. If my debt ratio would have been much higher, ergo if WICHE hadn't have helped me avoid private loans, the business loan would not have likely been possible. Not only did this program allow me to attend my first choice school, it allowed me to come back to Wyoming to serve the people of a rural area. Thank you. J.Hazen

What is your home state of residency?: 
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After graduating with my optometry degree, I returned to Wyoming and set out to buy an 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 State of Wyoming's PSEP support I received in school through WICHE, 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!

Dana

PSEP
May 2012
Class of 2015
University of Utah, Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy

About four years ago I decided that I wanted to be a physical therapist. In recent years physical therapy schools have transitioned to a doctorate program to enhance students’ knowledge before sending them into the world as practicing physical therapists. Being from Wyoming I knew that I would not be able to complete my education in-state because the University of Wyoming does not have a physical therapy program. As I got closer to earning my BS degree from UW I began thinking about how I was going to pay for graduate school to fulfill my goal of becoming a PT. WICHE was brought to my attention by family and friends. As I began to learn more about this program I realized that it would help me achieve my goal and keep my student loans at a minimum. It allowed me to pay in-state tuition as an out-of-state student. For students like myself that do not have an in-state program in their desired fields WICHE enables us to get a higher education, stay in the western region, and have less student loans to pay off. I have worked hard to be where I am today and I will continue to work hard throughout PT school and in my career as a physical therapist. I am very thankful that the WICHE program exists to help me pay for an education that I will use for the rest of my life.

Dana S.

What is your home state of residency?: 
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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.

Ashley

PSEP
2012
Class of 2016
Southern California College of Optometry
Optometry

I am studying to become an optometrist at the Southern California College of Optometry. My home state of Wyoming does not have any optometry schools, so my only options were out-of-state. WICHE drastically reduces tuition, which makes attending school much more affordable. Also, I will 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.

Ashley Alden

What is your home state of residency?: 
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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.

Ashley

WUE
2011
Class of 2013
Montana Tech of the University of Montana
Metallurgical Engineering

The WUE system has provided an affordable option for obtaining higher education. Coming from a state with only one university, and that having limited options for majors, out-of-state was the best option for me when looking at schools. The WUE allowed me to attend an excellent school and pursue a field of study that interests me without graduating with quite as much financial burden.

Ashley Carter

What is your home state of residency?: 
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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.

Sarah

PSEP
2011
Class of 2014
Regis University
Doctorate of Physical Therapy

I was lucky enough to receive WUE as an undergrad at Mesa State College and then to receive WICHE as a graduate student at Regis University. I grew up in Wyoming where there is currently not a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, so I did not have the option to attend in my home state. When I was applying to graduate school I interviewed in several locations, including Regis. On my interview day I knew that Regis was the place for me- but the cost of a private Jesuit school was unreal. I knew that there was no way I could ever attend. I was overjoyed when I received word from WICHE that I had received funding to 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 burried in debt. I owe so much to the WUE and WICHE program, without them I would never be getting the wonderful education that I am today. I encourage legislators to continue this funding to help future practitoners with the rising costs of a good education.

Sarah Bicknese

What is your home state of residency?: 
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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.

Nikki

PSEP
2011
Class of 2013
Idaho State University, Physician Assistant Studies
Physician Assistant Studies

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 the assistance they provided me during my application process; they are personable and knowledgeable. Because I was accepted in this program, my tuition is much lower. I am so thankful that Wyoming places such high importance on education and is committed to providing professional education opportunities for their 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 those who are committed to providing the funding for this program. I vehemently urge our legislature and policy makers to maintain WICHE funding. You have truly made a difference in my life!

Nikki Mills

What is your home state of residency?: 
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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!

David

PSEP
2010
Class of 2013
University of Utah
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Knowing that WICHE was available to me as a financial aid source was a integral factor in applying to Physical Therapy school. Almost every student attending a post graduate school feels a tremendous burden as they are required to borrow tens of thousands of dollars just for tuition alone; not to mention money for rent, food and transportation. Had WICHE not been available to me, I may have had to rethink career options or even delay my entrance into school. It helped me feel more confident that I could financially support myself. I count myself very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a great program with the financial support from WICHE. WICHE funding took years off of my repayment schedule for my student loans and I appreciate every sacrifice made that makes this program possible.

David Miller

What is your home state of residency?: 
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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.

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