Become a PSEP Program

By participating in the Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP), your institution can help students throughout the West pursue affordable degrees in your professional health care program. Students’ home state legislatures appropriate funds to help reduce the costs of their studies.

More than 60 years ago, WICHE first established a framework for its member states to give their residents access to affordable professional education–in line with its mission to foster collaboration and resource-sharing throughout the West. WICHE’s PSEP program has since helped some 15,000 practitioners earn professional health care degrees and fill key workforce gaps.

How It Works

1State Designates Funds

One of 11 participating WICHE-region states and territories designates funds to buy down nonresident (or private) tuition costs for that student in select health care fields.

2WICHE Administers Funds

These state/territory funds are administered through WICHE and are sent directly to the enrolling programs/institutions.

3WICHE Adjusts PSEP Award Amounts

Every other year (most recently in May 2018), WICHE adjusts PSEP award amounts to account for the increasing costs of higher education.

4Graduates Return

Most states that fund students through PSEP require their graduates to return home and practice for a specific number of years.

Available fields of study

  • Allopathic Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Podiatry
  • Veterinary Medicine