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University of Idaho WUE Extended to 16 States and Territories in the Northwest

January 29, 2018

 The University of Idaho Vandal family is growing with the expansion of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) scholarship program to the 16 participating states and territories of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE). 

WUE is a multistate program that allows college students across the West to get reduced out-of-state tuition at participating colleges and universities. Beginning in fall 2018, newly admitted U of I students who meet certain criteria will be 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 $12,500 per year per student over the full out-of-state tuition and fee cost.

We’re happy to expand access for students from WICHE states to the great education offered at the University of Idaho,” said President Chuck Staben. “This means more students will discover U of I’s unique combination of affordability, academic excellence and career outcomes that makes our institution a stand-out value among major research universities.”

 The change will provide greater access to a U of I education for even more students across the West. U of I’s WUE scholarships are currently extended to new freshmen and transfer students from Alaska, Washington and Oregon who meet the requirements. 

The new scholarship structure will automatically award WUE to new U of I students who are residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Mariana Islands who meet the following criteria:

  • New freshmen with a 3.2 unweighted accredited high school GPA or higher, 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 U of I GPA is maintained.

  • New transfer students with a 3.0 or higher transfer GPA. The award is renewable for up to three years, depending on the number of credits transferred.

  • Students will automatically be considered for the award when applying for admission. No additional application is needed. There is no admission application deadline to qualify for the WUE award. Eligible students will receive the WUE award instead of the Discover Idaho scholarship. The WUE is a larger award than the Discover Idaho scholarship.

Students who have questions about their eligibility for this scholarship or who would like to learn more about the University of Idaho may visit   

Media Contact: 
Jodi Walker
Director of Communications

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