Students and Parents

Resources

Gain affordable access to higher education. Through enrollment at cooperating campus-based programs, WICHE’s student exchange programs offer a broad range of options for students at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. More than 34,000 students participate in these programs. By enrolling at the participating campuses in the 2013-14 academic year, undergraduate students alone saved $264.7 million dollars in tuition by paying 150% of resident tuition, instead of the full nonresident rate. More recently, WICHE has created some new programs to assist online and nontraditional adult learners.


  • Aims to unite organizations and agencies working to increase college completion by adults with prior college credits but no degree in a collaborative learning network.

  • MHECare – offers vetted, competitively priced student health insurance plans to institutions and their students.

  • WICHE ICE enables students, through their home institutions, to seamlessly access high quality online courses and programs offered by other four-year and two-year ICE member institutions.

  • MHECare offers vetted, competitively priced medical benefits to institutions and their students.

  • NANSLO is an international consortium enabling access to high-quality, modular, openly licensed courseware, integrating immersive web-based labs with software, video and robotics for the study of science courses.

  • WICHE's Professional Student Exchange Program enables students in 10 western states to enroll in selected out-of-state professional programs usually because those fields of study are not available at public institutions in their home states.

  • Interstate Passport Initiative – A new framework for block transfer of lower-division general education based on learning outcomes and transfer-level proficiency criteria, with the goals of improving graduate rates, shortening time to degree, and saving students money.

  • Reports on tuition and mandatory fees at public institutions in the West, providing a state-by-state and institution-by-institution review of tuition changes for the current academic year, as well as those from one, five, and 10 years ago.

  • The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) allows master’s, graduate certificate, and Ph.D. students who are residents of the WICHE member states to enroll in some 320 high-quality programs at 56 participating institutions outside of their home state and pay resident tuition.

  • Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state.

  • W-SARA – The WICHE State Authorization Agreement, and those of the other three regional higher education compacts, make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines and make it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education.