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Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

The region’s affordable pathway to graduate education

The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) is an agreement among WICHE 16 member states and territories, through which participating Western public universities allow WICHE-region students to attend select out-of-state graduate certificate, master’s, and doctoral programs – and pay up to 150 percent of resident tuition.

Since public-university nonresident tuition rates are typically much higher than resident rates – sometimes by 300 percent or more–WRGP increases affordable higher education options for students, and minimizes student loan debt.

Saving through WRGP is simple.

1Ensure you're eligible
2Check graduate programs and schools
3Meet school and program-specific criteria
4Apply directly to your school

You must be a resident of a WICHE-region state or territory, applying to a participating public university in another Western state.

Search the WRGP Savings Finder to see which universities participate and which graduate programs are WRGP-eligible.

Some universities require a minimum GRE score or undergraduate GPA, or have earlier deadlines. Requirements vary by graduate program.

Contact the graduate school at the university where you want to enroll. Most require applicants to complete a WRGP application to be considered.

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In Focus

Choose from 900+ WRGP programs

The WRGP Savings Finder houses profiles of all WRGP-eligible universities and graduate programs, tuition savings, and more. To begin your WRGP journey, click below to search by state, graduate program, and other parameters.

WRGP SAVINGS FINDER
$27.9M2019-20 savings for 1,900+ WRGP students
$14,600Average savings per student
60+Participating universities
Michele Bristow testimonial photoJacie, Utah, Master of Public Health, Navite and Indigenous Health, University of Hawai'iStudents studying South Campus Directory (Kiosk) University of UtahMale student on longboard, University of Montana

“I am a mother of three daughters, ages 15, 2, and 3 months old. Being able to pay less for my top-choice graduate program allows me to focus on my studies–improving not only my life, but the lives of my daughters as well.”

— MICHELLE

IDAHO,
COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS,
EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

“Utah didn’t offer the program I was interested in: as a first-generation college student with limited means, I thought my choices were limited and I never considered attending an out-of-state school. WRGP made it possible to pursue the degree I longed for in the setting that was right for me.”

— JACIE

UTAH,
MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH, NATIVE AND INDIGENOUS HEALTH,
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

“There’s no graduate program in audiology in my home state, and one can’t practice audiology without a doctoral degree. WRGP helped me obtain the education to become an audiologist.”

— DEVIN

WYOMING,
AUDIOLOGY,
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

“WRGP leveled the playing field and allowed me to make a decision based on my career aspirations, instead of my wallet. Now I’m studying what I want, where I want, and I haven’t looked back.”

— KEVIN

CALIFORNIA,
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND NATURAL RESOURCE JOURNALISM,
UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA

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