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Western Undergraduate Exchange Program & Washington Non-Resident Tuition Discount

PLEASE NOTE: Policies and requirements are subject to change at any time without notice.
 

For Western Undergraduate Exchange Program information, click here.

 

For Washington Non-Resident Tuition Discount information, click here.

 

Residency is established through Registrar Services. Please refer to the Residency link on the Registrar's web page for more information.

CWU will consider all earned credits (transfer, Running Start, etc.) when determining a student’s initial eligibility for the WUE or Non-Resident Tuition Discount.

 

WESTERN UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE (WUE) PROGRAM

The WUE Program waiver allows students throughout the Western United States and the Pacific Island US Territories & Freely Associated States to enroll full-time at a reduced tuition rate while seeking their first undergraduate degree. Participating states include:
AlaskaArizonaCaliforniaColoradoHawaii
IdahoMontanaNevadaNew MexicoNorth Dakota
OregonSouth DakotaUtahWashingtonWyoming

Also eligible: residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Funding for the WUE program is determined by the state legislature. The number of WUE awards granted each year is dependent on state funding.
 

Can I become a resident of Washington State while receiving the WUE?
No. Time accrued while receiving a WUE waiver will not count toward the length of time required to establish Washington State residency status.

If you are or will be seeking Washington State residency, you must notify CWU Scholarships immediately: Scholarships@CWU.Edu.

IMPORTANT: Students cannot establish Washington State residency while receiving this award. You must pay full, non-resident tuition for your attendance at CWU to be counted toward the residency requirement.
 

How is the WUE amount calculated each year?

The WUE award waives a portion of the out-of-state tuition so that your final tuition amount is 150% of in-state tuition. The WUE award for the 2018-2019 academic year (costs are subject to change):

Out-of state tuition:$21,8622018-2019
In-state tuition:$6,8812018-2019
Tuition amount:$10,321150% of in-state tuition
WUE award:$11,541Your savings
This waiver does not cover any mandatory fees or tuition overload charges.
 
Are WUE waivers renewable?

Yes. They are renewable for up to 12 academic quarters (four years) or 225 attempted credits, whichever comes first. This includes transfer credits, depending upon incoming class standing:

  • Freshman (0-44.9 credits) 12 quarters (4 years) or 225 attempted credits maximum, whichever comes first;
  • Transfer with sophomore standing (45-89.9 credits) 9 quarters (3 years), or 225 attempted credits maximum, whichever comes first;
  • Transfer with junior standing (90-134.9 credits) 6 quarters (2 years), or 225 attempted credits maximum, whichever comes first.
For the WUE to be renewable, students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. For more information on Satisfactory Academic Progress, visit the Financial Aid Office website.
 

Western Undergraduate Exchange Program Requirements

Eligible students must:
  • Maintain residency in an eligible state
  • Maintain full-time enrollment in at least 12 credits each quarter
  • 0-89.9 attempted credits: no GPA requirement
  • 90+ attempted credits: minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

There is no separate application process to be considered for the WUE—your admissions file with state residency data will determine your eligibility. Apply to CWU no later than February 1st for priority awarding. Applications received after this date will receive the waiver if funds are available.

The WUE program does not apply to Summer Term, Study Abroad programs, Remedial Courses, or Continuing Education tuition charges.

Non-matriculated, post-baccalaureate students, and graduate students are not eligible to receive the WUE.

Students do not need to maintain continuous enrollment to qualify for WUE renewal.

The WUE cannot be combined with other CWU merit tuition waivers.

Any combination of tuition waivers cannot exceed 80% of tuition charges.

 
 

WASHINGTON NON-RESIDENT TUITION DISCOUNT PROGRAM

CWU is proud to be one of the best values in education in the state. We understand many students need help paying for college, and are pleased to offer a reduced tuition rate for new students admitted from outside Washington seeking their first undergraduate degree who enroll full-time.

Applications received by February 1st will receive priority awarding. Students applying after that date will receive the discount if funds are available. Eligible students will receive a tuition waiver of $11,541 for 2018-2019.
 

Washington Non-Resident Tuition Discount Program Requirements

Residency - maintain residency in a non-WUE eligible state*.

Enrollment - maintain full-time enrollment in at least 12 credits per quarter.

GPA - 0.89.9 credits = no GPA requirement.

         - 90 or more credits = minimum cumulative CWU GPA of 2.5.
 

Waiver Restrictions:

  • Does not apply to Mandatory Fees, Tuition Overload charges, Summer Quarter, Study Abroad programs, Remedial Courses, or Continuing Education tuition charges.
  • Non-matriculated, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students are not eligible.
  • Cannot be combined with the Western Undergraduate Exchange waiver.
  • Limited to four years or 225 attempted credits, whichever comes first. Transfer students can receive up to four years depending on the number of credits transferred:
CreditsYears
0-44.94
45-89.93
90-134.92
135-1801
  • Cannot be combined with other CWU merit tuition waivers.
  • Any combination of waivers cannot exceed 80% of tuition charges.

*Students cannot establish Washington State residency while receiving this award. You must pay full, non-resident tuition for your attendance at CWU to be counted toward the residency requirement. Contact CWU Scholarships - Scholarships@CWU.Edu - with any questions about the waiver policy. 

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