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University of Idaho Offers WUE Scholarship to Students from Oregon, Washington

February 17, 2017

The University of Idaho has expanded a scholarship program that will make it easier for Washington and Oregon students to attend college. 

A revitalized Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE) will make UI’s world-class education and unparalleled experience more accessible and affordable to students in these two states. WUE is a multistate program that allows college students across the West to get reduced out-of-state tuition at participating colleges and universities.

The reinvigorated UI program will begin with the fall 2017 session. Newly admitted students who meet the criteria will be automatically awarded the WUE tuition and fee rate, which is 1.5 times the in-state tuition and fee rate. The award is a savings of more than $11,000 a year over the full out-of-state tuition and fee costs.

The WUE will be awarded automatically to incoming freshmen from Washington and Oregon who meet the following criteria: 

  • New freshmen from Washington or Oregon with an unweighted GPA of 3.2 or higher from an accredited high school, or a minimum 22 ACT/1020 SAT for home-schooled students or graduates from a non-accredited high school. The award is renewable for four years if a minimum 2.5 GPA is maintained.
  • New transfer students who are residents of Washington or Oregon with a 3.0 transfer GPA or higher.

Washington and Oregon students will automatically be considered for the award when applying for admission and no additional application is needed. There is no admission application deadline to qualify for the scholarship.

“As UI continues toward its goal for increasing enrollment, it makes sense to extend our efforts to improve access to our neighbors across the borders of Oregon and Washington,” said Dean Kahler, UI vice provost for Strategic Enrollment Management.

The WUE award will take the place of the Discover Idaho scholarship, which provides merit scholarships that pay a portion of non-resident tuition expenses. The WUE provides a greater value to those students than the Discover Idaho scholarship. A notification of the WUE scholarship’s increased availability has been sent to prospective students, as well as high school counselors, parents and others.

UI will continue to offer WUE awards in specific programs to students from other Western states.

More information on the WUE, and the scholarship expansion, is available at

Media Contact:
Jodi Walker
Director of Communications

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