Is your student interested in attending an out of state public school, but you can’t imagine paying the out of state tuition rates, which can rival the tens of thousands of dollars per year charged by private colleges?
You might not have to.
One of the best kept secrets in college admissions in our region is the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE, or woo-wee).
One of my favorite things is helping students who want to attend college out of state achieve that dream while paying close to in-state tuition prices. WUE is the easiest way to make that happen.
With WUE, students from Washington State can request a reduced tuition rate of 1.5x, or 150%, of the resident tuition in a participating college (and for an eligible major) outside of our state.
There are over 150 two- and four-year institutions in the exchange. Schools like the University of Arizona, University of Montana, Boise State University, Portland State University, University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Wyoming, and dozens more from Alaska to the Dakotas. See all the participating schools here.
The most important thing to keep in mind with WUE is that the number of out-of-state awards vary by school each year, and most schools cap the number of awards. So it is important to apply for admission and the WUE discount early in the season.
Let me know if you’re interested in learning more about WUE admissions, and in the meantime check out all the information on their homepage here.