Colorado is one of the most educated states in the nation, ranking high in the percentage of adults who attended college and hold bachelor's degrees. But state funding for higher education isn't what it used to be -- according to the American Council on Education, state support shrank nearly 70 percent between 1980 and 2011. The same study says funding could dry up completely by 2019; so perhaps it's no coincidence that the revenue public colleges and universities here get from tuition has increased every year since 2007.
Student and Graduate Testimonials
Here's what students and graduates are saying about WICHE's Student Exchange Programs
"As an Oregon resident from one of the many families that make too much money to qualify for financial aid but still struggle to pay for college, WUE meant that I could study in California as I had dreamed of, enroll at a college with a good business program, and take out minimal student loans. I can't even begin to describe how much the reduced tuition through WUE has meant for my family and me. I'll be forever indebted to the WUE program."
— Aften, Oregon resident, Class of 2012, California State University-East Bay, Business Administration, Accounting and Entrepreneurship
"The WUE program was the best thing that has happened to me! It opened doors to opportunities to go away for college outside of my home state of Hawaii. I never thought I’d be able to study out-of-state, due to my financial situation. WUE gave me opportunity to grow as a teen into a competent and independent adult with a college degree. WUE is a life-changer for anyone who wants to go away for college and grow as a person."
— Cal, Hawai'i resident, Class of 2014, California State University East Bay, Biology/Environmental Sciences
"WUE sparked my interest in high school because I was set on attending a school outside of Oregon. I opted for California State University, East Bay because I have family in the area. Out-of-state tuition is very expensive in California, and the reduced tuition was a relief for my parents who were putting multiple kids through college. As California budget cuts later increased, I saw fellow students struggle to pay out-of-state tuition because their home states weren't part of WUE. I am very grateful for the assistance. I‘ve since graduated and am waiting to enroll in law school."
— Derya, Oregon resident, Class of 2010, California State University, East Bay, Political Science
"WUE has greatly benefited me throughout my college career at New Mexico State University. Being a resident of Nevada, I would normally be expected to pay out-of-state tuition, but instead, I pay a reduced rate. Without WUE, I may not have been able to afford NMSU and achieve my goal of earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. WUE allows students from many different Western states to attend NMSU, and I am grateful that it participates in the program!"
— Leslie, Nevada resident, Business administration, Class of 2012, New Mexico State University, Business Management
"I had my heart set on studying something to do with the environment, but neither of my home state of Nevada’s two universities offered programs that fit my interests. WUE allows me to pursue my education out of state…. I’m enrolled in one of the top undergrad environmental journalism programs in the country!”"
— Becky, Nevada resident, , Western Washington University, Environmental Journalism
"I’m an Arizona resident and chose to enroll at New Mexico State University. NMSU was the ideal university for me because their animal science degree program best fits my goals. Since I was able to enroll through WICHE’s Western Undergraduate Exchange, it was actually more affordable to go to school there. I am so appreciative of WUE—now I can pursue my dream career in the equine industry. Thank you!"
— Hannah, Arizona resident, Class of 2012, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, Animal Science