More than 42,000 college students are realizing an estimated $403 million in tuition savings this year through WICHE's three interstate tuition-discount programs, as detailed in this Feb. 8 news announcement.
WICHE’s most popular program, the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), saw 40,094 students save $365.4 million in 2017-18 on associate’s or bachelor’s degree programs in the U.S. West. It allows students to enroll in one of 160 participating colleges or universities outside their home state and pay no more than 150 percent of that institution’s resident-tuition rate.
WICHE’s two other tuition-discount programs served over 2,100 students in 2017-18. The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) enabled 1,534 students to pay resident tuition at out-of-state graduate programs, with numbers likely to grow next year due to expanded program-eligibility rules. The Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP)—in which Western states subsidize tuition for residents pursuing veterinary medicine, dentistry, and numerous other high-demand health degrees in other states—helped 612 students affordably pursue those degrees and (as 67 percent of students do) return home to fill provider gaps.
The diverse benefits of WICHE’s student exchange programs were recognized in recent news features in the Las Vegas Review-Journal and by the Western Oregon University news unit, and in a commentary by Arizona Board of Regents president and WICHE commissioner Eileen Klein. Read the SEP by the Numbers report here, with detailed data and state dashboards on these programs.