April 13, 2011

Cheaper Out of State College Tuition in Western States


If you are one of the 70+ million people who live in the Western U.S. then you may qualify for reduced out of state tuition under the Western Undergraduate Exchange program.   This is a system by which students in 15 Western states can get tuition at 150% of the in state price.   Thats often a much better bargain than the out of state tuition rates.   In many states thats about half off the cost of out of state tuition.

Participating States : Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

About 143 universities in the Western states are in the program.   Not all public schools in the 15 participate in the program. For a full list see the colleges that participate. 

Some of the bigger schools on the list include : U. of Arizona, Arizona State, U. of Utah, Colorado State, U. of Colorado, U. of Oregon, Boise State, Washington State and the California State schools (not U. of California).

You have to apply and get accepted.  It isn't automatic based on residency.   Some schools have higher criteria for grades and SAT scores.  States set limits on the number of students they accept. 

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