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
"WUE has helped me achieve my academic goals. It gave me an option to go to one of the best colleges in country and earn my mathematics degree. It has made out-of-state study affordable. "
— Kiana, Nevada resident, Class of 2016, Northern Arizona University, Mathematics
"I knew that I wanted to go out of state for college, but I also knew that I couldn't afford to pay full nonresident tuition. Thanks to WUE, going to college is so much more affordable. My parents love it! Choosing to go out of state was the best decision I've ever made."
— Elizabeth, California resident, Class of 2015, Northern Arizona University, Elementary Education
"Going to a WUE school has allowed me to pursue studies in the medical sciences and study on the Mainland. Being able to travel and see what else the world has to offer is very heart warming for me. And, I'm paying almost the same price as I would have at an in-state college in Hawaii!"
— J. Smith, Hawai'i resident, Class of 2015, Northern Arizona University, Biomedical Sciences
"I am so grateful for WUE. It allowed me to attend an out of state university in Arizona without paying full nonresident tuition. I graduated and was able to find a job in my field. Even though I returned to Nevada, I am so grateful for the opportunity and experiences that I had in Arizona. WUE has allowed me and many other friends and family members to access affordable education in fields that might not have available in their home state."
— Emily, Nevada resident, Class of 2009, Northern Arizona University, Environmental Science
"The WUE program has impacted my life after high school graduation in many ways. I was able to attend a college outside of my home state for the same price as in-state tuition. This allowed me to choose a school that had my major of choice: hotel and restaurant management. Northern Arizona University has an excellent program my field. Living in another state has also given me the chance to experience new cultures and see new places. WUE has opened up many new opportunities. "
— Renae, Alaska resident, Class of 2013, Northern Arizona University, Hotel and Restaurant Management
"The WUE program has made it much easier to afford school, even though it is still a bit of a struggle. If it weren't for WUE, I wouldn't be enrolled at NAU because I didn't have had the funds for out-of-state tuition. Thanks WUE!"
— Jasmine, California resident, Class of 2015, Northern Arizona University, Criminal Justice
"As a high school senior from Hawaii, my dream was to go to college on the Mainland. I didn't want to place a financial burden on my family, so I told myself I would only leave if I got enough scholarships and financial aid. I chose Northern Arizona University (NAU) because they made my dream to study out-of-state possible. Not only did I get scholarships and financial aid, but NAU also gave me the WUE discount to make my dream a reality. Thanks to WUE, I'm not paying hefty out-of-state tuition prices. Instead, tuition is very affordable for my family and me. Thank you for such a great program!"
— Crisselle, Hawai'i resident, Class of 2016, Northern Arizona University, Communications
"Without WUE, I would not be in college. My mother is a single mom and is not working right now. WUE is the only reason I'm in school. The lower tuition is greatly appreciated. Thank you!"
— Brooklyn, California resident, Class of 2014, Northern Arizona University, Education
"Originally from South Dakota, the WUE program gave me the opportunity to experience life outside the Midwest, while making it affordable to do so. It also allowed me to expand my horizons and get comfortable with my surroundings in all places or situations.The WUE program gave me the confidence to pursue an MBA in New York City, which I completed last May. Thank you for the opportunity and I hope many others will continue to benefit from this program, just as I have."
— Ross, South Dakota resident, Class of 2010, Northern Arizona University, Finance
"When I was looking at universities in high school, many institutions in Washington were facing tuition increases nearing 30% in some cases. In addition to this, I loved to travel. WICHE's Western Undergraduate Exchange program provided the best of both worlds for me: financial stability and a great experience at an out of state university. Instead of putting myself and my family deep in debt, I was able to study in Arizona and pay less than if I stayed in state. I am thankful for this program and tell all prospective students on tours at NAU about the great benefits! Best of all, many of the majors I was interested in were available at the WUE rate, so I could change my major later and still benefit from the program. "
— Alexa, Washington resident, Class of 2013, Northern Arizona University, Accounting, Investments, and English
"WUE has made it possible for me to go to college. Even though I am paying more than I would for an in-state college, I am able to go to the college that I fell in love with. Finances have always been an issue with my family, as I have two older siblings in college as well, and it has taken a major financial toll on my parents. However, the financial stress has been eased by WUE, and I have been able to follow my dreams and explore another part of the world. I am now attending Northern Arizona University and pursuing a forestry degree, something that I have wanted to do for many years. I hope that that WUE will continue for many years, so that others can benefit too."
— Natalie, Washington resident, Class of 2016, Northern Arizona University, Forestry
"WUE allows me attend NAU without worry about rising tuition, because they offer a special four-year fixed tuition program in addition to the discounted WUE rate. I was accepted to all 10 of the schools I applied to, but after carefully looking at all my options, I chose NAU because it went above and beyond my expectations and offered the WUE rate. Now I do not have to worry about rising tuition costs and can focus more on my future career in the hospitality industry."
— Amy, California resident, Class of 2015, Northern Arizona University, Hotel and Restaurant Management
"I am currently studying business management at Northern Arizona University because of the WUE program. I grew up in a small town in California and I always wanted to be able to explore new things and live in different places. I definitely wanted to go out of state for college. The problem was that out-of-state tuition was too expensive. WUE has allowed me to continue my education out of state and given me an amazing college experience! "
— Joseph, California resident, Class of 2015, Northern Arizona University, Business Management and Pre-Law
"The WUE program has allowed me to study in another state without worrying about the debt I will have when I graduate. I am a first generation college student, and money has always been an issue concerning my college education. I am thankful for WUE because it's helped me and many other students to not only better themselves, but make life better for their families. Without WUE, I would have not been able to exceed academically and achieve my professional goal of becoming an environmental engineer."
— Vivianna, Nevada resident, Class of 2014, Northern Arizona University, Environmental Engineering
"WUE makes it much more affordable for me to attend college out of state where it's much easier to get the classes I need to graduate within four years."
— Keoni, California resident, Class of 2016, Northern Arizona University, Forestry