Partnering with WICHE since 2012
In 2012, the CNMI joined WICHE and became the first member of the US Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States membership. Guam joined in 2016. American Samoa, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to join WICHE under the same membership.
CNMI students saved $1.7M through WICHE’s Student Access Programs (Academic Year 2021-22)
The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) saves CNMI undergraduate students on out-of-state tuition. They pay no more than 150% of in-state tuition at partner institutions across the West.
The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) saves CNMI students on out-of-state graduate certificate, master’s and doctoral programs. They pay no more than 150% of in-state tuition at partner institutions across the West.
Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) students pursuing careers in 10 health fields can enroll in programs in the WICHE region and receive substantial tuition support from their home state/territory.
Vice President, Administration and Advancement, Northern Marianas College
Frankie Eliptico is Vice President, Administration and Advancement at Northern Marianas College (NMC). He has played an integral leadership role in NMC recovery efforts in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yutu. His work on NMC marketing and branding efforts has been recognized nationally, and he was named Communicator of the Year in the District VI (Western U.S.) region of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. In addition to being a WICHE Commissioner, he has served as chair of the Northern Marianas Humanities Council and serves on the board of governors of the Asia Pacific Association for Fiduciary Studies.