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.
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!
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 Knudsen
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.
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!
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.
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 OTD program at the University of Utah and decided that this was the program for me. The program is designed for working professional and is entirely on-line. Courses are relevant to each student's area of study and allows each of us to pursue a specific area of interest.
Having the opportunity to receive WICHE funds has made participation financially 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 positive that resulted from this partnership between many higher education instituted which provides unique opportunities for those of us who have strong tied and commitments to a small rural state.
Thanks so much to the wonderful opportunity.
Sheri Montgomery, OTR/L, FAOTA