Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
How to Apply
- Complete Admissions Process by Dec. 1
- No additional application necessary
- Beginning Fall 2023, a minimum unweighted, cumulative 3.30
high school GPA is required
This award criteria is for applicants beginning Fall 2024
and may change for upcoming years.
The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). This merit award is a tuition discount for first-year, first-time entering students who are a permanent resident of a WUE State or WUE U.S. Territory.
|2023 - 2024 Terms and Conditions|
|Sponsor:||University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid|
First-year, first-time students who are a permanent resident of a WUE State or WUE U.S. Territory (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Republic of Palau, South Dakota, Washington, or Wyoming).
|Value and General Terms||
The WUE Tuition Discount is a merit award at The U that reduces the amount of standard tuition for eligible non-resident students. With the WUE Tuition Discount, the recipient pays no more than 150% of the standard resident tuition rate; the WUE Tuition Discount does not cover tuition differential charges, mandatory fees, course fees, or e-book fees. At the time of admission, recipients must be a permanent resident of one of the designated WUE jurisdictions and have a grade point average of at least 3.30.
The WUE Tuition Discount is available beginning Fall 2023 and is renewable for up to eight semesters (fall and spring only), or until you receive a baccalaureate degree (whichever comes first), as long as you continue to meet WUE good standing and renewal requirements as established by The U. The WUE Tuition Discount does not apply to summer enrollment or Learning Abroad programs.
It is not possible to gain State of Utah residency while receiving the WUE Tuition Discount. For more information, please visit https://admissions.utah.edu/information-resources/residency/.
|Good Standing and Renewal Requirements||
The WUE Tuition Discount may be renewed each year, provided you maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least twenty-four (24) credit hours during the two semesters of the academic year (i.e., fall and spring semesters).
To remain in good standing and continue to receive the WUE Tuition Discount, you must be enrolled as a full-time student, registering for a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester. Failure to maintain full-time status during a semester will result in the cancellation of your WUE Tuition Discount and it cannot be regained.
UOSFA will review your standing for these requirements each year at the end of the spring semester. Failure to meet the good standing and renewal requirements will result in loss of the WUE Tuition Discount. Once lost, the WUE Tuition Discount cannot be regained.
Students must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours) by the last day to register for full-term courses each semester in order to be eligible to receive their scholarship award for the term. Failure to be full-time by the last day to register for full-term courses will result in the cancellation of your award and will impact your renewal eligibility.
|Confirm Enrollment to Accept Your Scholarship and Its Terms||
STEP 1: Create Your CIS Account and Activate your UMail Account
STEP 2: Confirm Your Intent to Enroll at the U to Accept the WUE Tuition Discount
The WUE Tuition Discount cannot be combined with any other university merit award from UOSFA (except the State Merit Scholarship) and is only available to students earning their degree at the U’s main campus. This award applies to or reduces tuition charges for the fall and spring semesters only as long as all eligibility criteria are met; this award does not apply to enrollment or charges during summer term or any Learning Abroad program. This award will not cover charges for withdrawn courses.
Other scholarships received could affect your eligibility to receive the WUE Tuition Discount. The WUE Tuition Discount does not cover nor does it apply to tuition differential charges or university fees, such as mandatory fees, course fees, or e-book fees. The WUE Tuition Discount cannot be cancelled for a term that has ended.
As indicated previously, it is not possible to gain State of Utah residency while receiving the WUE Tuition Discount (for more details, see https://admissions.utah.edu/undergraduate-residency-reclassification). Should your residency classification change to resident status, or any other ineligible status, you will no longer be eligible for the WUE Tuition Discount.
|Certification to Receive Financial Awards||
Students who receive the WUE Tuition Discount, a scholarship, fellowship, or other financial aid administered by the University of Utah are required by state law to certify that they are eligible to receive the scholarship as a U.S. citizen or a citizen of another country who is lawfully present in the U.S. If a student does not know whether they are in the U.S. lawfully, they should seek the advice of an immigration attorney before accepting this award.
|Deferral and Leave of Absence||
Newly accepted freshmen who wish to defer their start date to a subsequent semester, and to request the WUE Tuition Discount be held, should first request an admission deferment through the Office of Admissions at admissions.utah.edu/apply/deferment.
A WUE Tuition Discount deferment may result in a change in the amount and/or value of the award depending upon the subsequent term of entry or matriculation.
WUE Tuition Discount recipients considering a deferment should confirm by May 1, 2023 their intent to enroll in order to accept their award. Students have until the first day of classes (August 21, 2023) to apply for a deferment. Students seeking deferment should submit their enrollment deposit to secure their seat as a matriculated student. You must submit the enrollment deposit, or if the enrollment deposit is a financial challenge you may request a deposit extension, at admissions.utah.edu/confirm.
The University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (UOSFA) will, in extenuating circumstances, allow a student to take a Leave of Absence from a scholarship once they are a continuing student. A continuing student will need to work with the Registrar’s Office on any type of Leave of Absence (https://registrar.utah.edu/handbook/leave.php) and be approved for a Leave of Absence through the official processes.
For questions regarding eligibility for either deferral or leave of absence, please contact UOSFA.
For questions or concerns, please contact UOSFA at email@example.com or (801) 581-6211.