I am a recipient of the WICHE PSEP, which provides me with in-state tuition cost at the University of Colorado, Child Health Associate/ Physician Assistant program (CHA/PA). I am a resident of Wyoming, which does not have a Physician Assistant program, so had no choice but to attend an out-of-state program in order to pursue my vision. This would have been an exceedingly expensive endeavor without financial assistance from WICHE, as scholarships are not readily available for this area of study, such as were available for my undergraduate degree at the University of Wyoming.
In Colorado, you can apply for residency after living in the state for 1 year, and at that time qualify for in-state tuition rates. That said, it is a time-consuming, and tedious process just to apply for residency, and I have not heard anything good about the process. For me, WICHE is the best option, because I got in-state tuition my FIRST year of school, and will continue to receive it as long as I maintain my residency in Wyoming. I am very happy to preserve my residency in Wyoming, as I would like to return there, more likely than not, upon graduating. WICHE has helped me save many steps in not only funding my education, but also in easing the process of establishing a career down the road.
Having the responsibility of funding my own education would have been a challenge for me as a single college student, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity WICHE has provided me. I focused my applications for graduate school within WICHE territory because I knew it was the only way I could fund my post-graduate studies, and I was not let down. Without this program I would have paid over twice as much for my entire first year (over 50 credit hours) of school in Colorado, which to me makes WICHE an incredible “scholarship”.
Jessica R Platt, PA-S2
University of Colorado Denver
Anschutz Medical Campus, CHAPA Program