Wyoming

Dana

PSEP (Healthcare)
May 2012
Class of 2015
University of Utah, Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy

About four years ago I decided that I wanted to be a physical therapist. In recent years physical therapy schools have transitioned to a doctorate program to enhance students’ knowledge before sending them into the world as practicing physical therapists. Being from Wyoming I knew that I would not be able to complete my education in-state because the University of Wyoming does not have a physical therapy program. As I got closer to earning my BS degree from UW I began thinking about how I was going to pay for graduate school to fulfill my goal of becoming a PT. WICHE was brought to my attention by family and friends. As I began to learn more about this program I realized that it would help me achieve my goal and keep my student loans at a minimum. It allowed me to pay in-state tuition as an out-of-state student. For students like myself that do not have an in-state program in their desired fields WICHE enables us to get a higher education, stay in the western region, and have less student loans to pay off. I have worked hard to be where I am today and I will continue to work hard throughout PT school and in my career as a physical therapist. I am very thankful that the WICHE program exists to help me pay for an education that I will use for the rest of my life.

Dana S.

What is your home state of residency?: 
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Four years ago I decided I wanted to be a physical therapist. My home state doesn't have a physical therapy program at the doctoral level. As I got closer to earning my bachelor's of science in Wyoming, I began thinking about how I was going to pay for graduate school to become a PT. My family and friends told me about WICHE's PSEP. I'm now paying in-state tuition as an out-of-state student at the University of Utah. WICHE's PSEP let's students like me get an advanced degree at an affordable price, stay in the West, and accumulate less debt. I am very thankful for PSEP. It's helping me pay for an education that I will use for the rest of my life.

Ashley

PSEP (Healthcare)
2012
Class of 2016
Southern California College of Optometry
Optometry

I am studying to become an optometrist at the Southern California College of Optometry. My home state of Wyoming does not have any optometry schools, so my only options were out-of-state. WICHE drastically reduces tuition, which makes attending school much more affordable. Also, I will graduate with less student loan debt compared to other students. I am the first member of my family to attend post-graduate school, and I would like to thank the WICHE program for helping make my dreams a reality! I am excited to graduate and go back to serve the wonderful people of Wyoming.

Ashley Alden

What is your home state of residency?: 
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I am studying to become an optometrist at the Southern California College of Optometry. My home state of Wyoming does not have a optometry school, so my only options were out-of-state. WICHE drastically reduces tuition, which makes attending school much more affordable. And, I'll graduate with less student loan debt compared to other students. I am the first member of my family to attend post-graduate school, and I would like to thank the WICHE program for helping make my dreams a reality! I am excited to graduate and go back to serve the wonderful people of Wyoming.

Ashley

WUE (Undergraduate)
2011
Class of 2013
Montana Tech of the University of Montana
Metallurgical Engineering

The WUE system has provided an affordable option for obtaining higher education. Coming from a state with only one university, and that having limited options for majors, out-of-state was the best option for me when looking at schools. The WUE allowed me to attend an excellent school and pursue a field of study that interests me without graduating with quite as much financial burden.

Ashley Carter

What is your home state of residency?: 
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The WUE program has provided an affordable option for my college studies. My options for majors were limited since my home state has only one university, so studying out-of-state was the best solution for me. WUE has allowed me to attend an excellent school and pursue a field of study that interests me, and graduate with less debt.

Sarah

PSEP (Healthcare)
2011
Class of 2014
Regis University
Doctorate of Physical Therapy

I was lucky enough to receive WUE as an undergrad at Mesa State College and then to receive WICHE as a graduate student at Regis University. I grew up in Wyoming where there is currently not a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, so I did not have the option to attend in my home state. When I was applying to graduate school I interviewed in several locations, including Regis. On my interview day I knew that Regis was the place for me- but the cost of a private Jesuit school was unreal. I knew that there was no way I could ever attend. I was overjoyed when I received word from WICHE that I had received funding to go to the school of my dreams. I feel much less pressure now to take a job after graduation that simply pays well because I'm burried in debt. I owe so much to the WUE and WICHE program, without them I would never be getting the wonderful education that I am today. I encourage legislators to continue this funding to help future practitoners with the rising costs of a good education.

Sarah Bicknese

What is your home state of residency?: 
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I was fortunate to receive WUE as an undergrad at Mesa State College and then to receive PSEP support as a graduate student at Regis University. I grew up in Wyoming where there is no Doctor of Physical Therapy program, so I didn't have the option to study in my home state. When I interviewed at Regis, I knew it was the place for me, but the cost of private Jesuit education is extremely expensive and I knew I couldn't go there without help. I was overjoyed when I received word from WICHE that I was funded and could go to the school of my dreams! I feel much less pressure now to take a job after graduation that simply pays well because I'm buried in debt. I owe so much to WICHE's WUE and PSEP programs. Without them I would never be getting the wonderful education that I am today. I encourage Wyoming legislators to continue funding PSEP to keep professional education affordable.

Nikki

PSEP (Healthcare)
2011
Class of 2013
Idaho State University, Physician Assistant Studies
Physician Assistant Studies

I am a Wyoming girl, born and raised, and am currently in my clinical year at ISU's physician assistant program. I am beyond grateful for WICHE's PSEP program and the state's assistance in my medical education. I commend the Wyoming WICHE Certifying Officers for the assistance they provided me during my application process; they are personable and knowledgeable. Because I was accepted in this program, my tuition is much lower. I am so thankful that Wyoming places such high importance on education and is committed to providing professional education opportunities for their residents. With WICHE support significantly decreasing my debt, I will be able to provide quality healthcare with less financial strain. I am proud to represent my state and want to pay it forward when I begin my own practice in Wyoming. I want to express my deep gratitude to those who are committed to providing the funding for this program. I vehemently urge our legislature and policy makers to maintain WICHE funding. You have truly made a difference in my life!

Nikki Mills

What is your home state of residency?: 
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I am a Wyoming girl, born and raised, and am currently in my clinical year at ISU's physician assistant program. I am beyond grateful for WICHE's PSEP program and the state's assistance in my medical education. I commend the Wyoming WICHE certifying officers for their assistance during the application process; they are personable and very knowledgeable. I am so thankful that Wyoming is committed to providing professional education opportunities for its residents. With WICHE support significantly decreasing my debt, I will be able to provide quality healthcare with less financial strain. I am proud to represent my state and want to pay it forward when I begin my own practice in Wyoming. I want to express my deep gratitude to legislators who are committed to providing funding for this program. I vehemently urge our legislature and policymakers to maintain and increase WICHE PSEP funding. You have truly made a difference in my life!

David

PSEP (Healthcare)
2010
Class of 2013
University of Utah
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Knowing that WICHE was available to me as a financial aid source was a integral factor in applying to Physical Therapy school. Almost every student attending a post graduate school feels a tremendous burden as they are required to borrow tens of thousands of dollars just for tuition alone; not to mention money for rent, food and transportation. Had WICHE not been available to me, I may have had to rethink career options or even delay my entrance into school. It helped me feel more confident that I could financially support myself. I count myself very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a great program with the financial support from WICHE. WICHE funding took years off of my repayment schedule for my student loans and I appreciate every sacrifice made that makes this program possible.

David Miller

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

Knowing that WICHE's PSEP was available to me as a financial aid resource was an important factor in applying to physical therapy school. Almost every student preparing a professional graduate degree carries a tremendous burden, as they must borrow tens of thousands of dollars just for tuition alone; not to mention money for rent, food and transportation. Without PSEP I may have had to rethink career options or even delay my schooling. It gave me the confidence that I could financially support myself. I count myself very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a great program with financial support from WICHE. PSEP has reduced my student loan repayment obligations by years, and I appreciate every sacrifice that has made this program possible.

Jason

WRGP (Graduate Studies)
2012
Class of 2013
University of Colorado Denver, Master's of Urban Design
Masters of Urban Design

Living in Wyoming I had been looking to go to graduate school for urban design for a couple of years yet there is no school that offers this education within that state forcing me to look outside and at out of state tuition prices at the schools and programs I wanted to attend. I had to balance my decision on paying these high costs in an uncertain economy or continue down a career path I had not intended for longer. I was accepted to the Masters of Urban Design (MUD) Program before they were granted WICHE status and waited to see the result before I made my final decision. The program was excepted and I immediately sent in my acceptance to the school. I would not be in school right now if it wasn't for WICHE's WRGP program and their effort to make programs like mine affordable and allow students to open up doors of opportunity that would not otherwise be there.

Jason Newsome

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

While living in Wyoming I'd wanted to go to graduate school for urban design for several years, but our state institution doesn't offer such a program. This forced me to look outside which meant high out-of-state tuition prices. I had to decide if these high costs were worth it in an uncertain economy. I was accepted to UC Denver's urban design program before they were granted WRGP status. Fortunately, the program was approved and I immediately sent in my acceptance to the school. I wouldn't be in school right now if it weren't for WICHE's WRGP program and their effort to make graduate studies affordable. WICHE opens up opportunities for Western students that might otherwise not be there.

Robert

PSEP (Healthcare)
2011
Class of 2015
University of North Dakota, Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy

WICHE was the reason I was able to get accepted into a Physical Therapy. Applying to the program was very simple and having my out of state tuition paid for is really helpful.

Robert W

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

WICHE's PSEP played a critical role in giving me preferential admission to get accepted into physical therapy school. The certification process was simple, and having the reduced tuition is really helpful.

Nikalous

PSEP (Healthcare)
2012
Class of 2016
Southern California College of Optometry
Optometry

I am currently studying optometry in Fullerton California at one of the best schools in the country. Whithout a doubt, the WICHE program helped make this possible. With its preferred admission benefits I was able to have my choice between two excellent schools and am so glad I chose to come here. Not only did WICHE help me with admission, but it provides my wife and me the ability to afford school. Any kind medical schooling is expensive, and optometry school is no exception. I absolutely encourage my home state, Wyoming, and others, to continue with the WICHE program. Because of it I have been able to realize my dream and becuase of it others can to.

- Nikalous Tolman
future Doctor of Optometry

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

I am currently studying optometry in Fullerton, California at one of the best schools in the country. Without a doubt, the WICHE program helped make this possible. With its preferred admission benefits, I was able to choose between two excellent schools, and I chose SCCO. Not only did WICHE's PSEP help me with admission, but it has made my schooling affordable for my wife and me. I absolutely encourage my home state of Wyoming to continue with the WICHE program to help other Wyoming residents become healthcare professionals.

Jana

PSEP (Healthcare)
2011
Class of 2015
Washington State University, Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medicine

WICHE is one of the main reasons I was able to apply to and financially justify going to veterinary school and complete my dream of becoming a veterinarian. I applied to some of the best vet schools in the country and got in through the WICHE program and then was able to fit the school that fit me the best as opposed to where I could afford. I have been in vet school for over a year now and having the time of my life!

Jana Marquard

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

WICHE PSEP support is one of the main reasons I was able to apply to and financially justify going to veterinary school to achieve my dream of becoming a veterinarian. I applied to some of the best vet schools in the country and was admitted and funded through the WICHE program. I was able to choose the school that fit me the best, instead of settling for a program based only on affordability. I've been in vet school for over a year now and am having the time of my life!

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