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Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

How to Apply


  Complete Admissions Process by Feb. 1

  No additional application necessary

  Minimum 3.0 cumulative high school GPA

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).

This award represents a tuition discount for nonresident high school seniors who will be first-time entering students only. Transfer applicants and continuing non-WUE University of Utah students are not eligible for consideration. Awards will be made, based on academic merit. Applicants must be permanent residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, South Dakota, Oregon, Washington, or Wyoming.

  2021-2022 Terms and Conditions
Sponsor: University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
Eligibility: First-Time, First-Year students; Non-Resident from a WUE State or WUE U.S. Territory
Value and General Terms

The WUE Tuition Discount at The U reduces the amount of standard tuition for eligible non-resident students. With the WUE Tuition Discount, the student 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.

The WUE Tuition Discount is available beginning Fall 2021 and 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. The WUE Tuition Discount does not apply to summer enrollment.  

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).

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 may result in the cancellation of your WUE Tuition Discount.

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (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.

Confirm Enrollment to Accept Your Scholarship and Its Terms

STEP 1: Create Your CIS Account and Activate your UMail Account

  • If you have not created your Campus Information Services (CIS) account, visit cis.utah.edu as soon as possible.
  • Your login info is your uNID# (found in your admissions letter) and your default password is your birthdate (MMDDYY).
  • After creating your CIS account, activate your University e-mail account (UMail), also in CIS. All official university communication including financial offers will be sent to your UMail account.

STEP 2: Confirm Your Intent to Enroll at the U to Accept the WUE Tuition Discount

  • Confirm your intent to enroll with the Office of Admissions at admissions.utah.edu/confirm At this same link, you can submit your enrollment deposit, or if the enrollment deposit is a financial challenge you may request a deposit extension.
  • By confirming your intent to enroll, you are accepting the WUE Tuition Discount and the terms outlined in this document. If for any reason you confirm your intent to enroll but want to decline the WUE Tuition Discount or the terms, you should submit your reasons in writing to UOSFA at scholarship@utah.edu.
  • The WUE Tuition Discount is generally is available until May 1, 2021. If you have not confirmed enrollment by that date, the scholarship may be cancelled. Please contact scholarship@utah.edu if you have not confirmed your enrollment by May 1, 2021.
Restrictions

The WUE Tuition Discount cannot be combined with any other university merit award from UOSFA and is only available to students earning their degree at the U’s main campus. This award is applied to or reduces your tuition charges for the fall and spring semesters only as long as you meet all other eligibility criteria; this award does not apply to enrollment or charges during summer term. 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.

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 their intent to enroll to accept their award by May 1, 2021. Students have until the first day of classes (August 23, 2021) 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).

For questions regarding eligibility for either deferral or leave of absence, please contact UOSFA. 

Contact Information

For questions or concerns, please contact UOSFA at scholarship@utah.edu or (801) 581-6211.

Last Updated: 5/4/21