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 be able to attend a second year of college with less stress because I no longer work full time (just part time). That's increasing my grades and improving my college education."
— Macaulay, Oregon resident, Class of 2012, lCSC Lewiston Idaho, Collision Repair
"Without the WUE waiver, I would not be able to go to school here. The atmosphere at this school is the best. I wouldn't want to go anywhere else, and this waiver made it all possible. I'm so thankful that I received it, and I will do everything I can to keep up my hard work. Keeping this waiver is the most important thing to me!"
— Colby, Washington resident, Class of 2014, Lewis Clark State College, Business Communications
"My parents were not able to finish high school or earn their college degree because they had me at a very young age. They worked hard to give me a life they were not able to have themselves as children. Going to college was the only thing my parents ever asked of me. We are of a lower-income bracket, and I have three younger siblings, and we are all very close in age. We have all graduated or are graduating college. Without WUE there would’ve been no way for me to attend college for financial reasons. I am now in my third semester at Montana Tech. My estimated cost of tuition is around $19,000 because I am out of state. However, with WUE, I am paying about the same as an in-state student. Thanks to WUE I’m able to continue my degree, get a good job, and pay my parents back for every ounce of effort they put forth to raise me and help me get where I am today"
— Shelby, Idaho resident, Class of 2015, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Mining Engineering
"WUE allowed me to attend school without racking up extreme student loans. After graduating from high school, I received a scholarship for $2,000 a year for four years, but aside from that I was on my own. My parents got divorced when I was young, and because of expenses related to that, they had no money to help me or my brothers with college. The other schools I was looking at in Oregon were too expensive, unless I was going to take out tons of student loans. Lewis-Clark State College looked like a great choice for the price, plus it was highly recommended by my aunt, who had gone there; the only problem with LCSC was the out-of-state fees. Applying through WUE meant I didn't have to pay most of those fees. Without WUE I either might not have gone to college at all or dropped out shortly after starting. WUE made it so that I can work hard in the summers and during the school year and keep my student loans to a minimum. I know of several other people who are in a similar position and wouldn't be able to go to school without WUE, one being my little brother, Jared. I hope that my story and the stories of others will affect any decisions made about WUE. "
— Jacob, Oregon resident, Class of 2014, Lewis-Clark State College, Elementary Education
"I'm interested in computer security and information assurance, a field vital to our continued national security. No universities in my home state of Oregon offer a strong program in information assurance, so WUE allowed me to attend one of the leading universities in the field in New Mexico. Not only am I able to attend one of few universities certified by the National Security Administration as a Center for Academic Excellence in both information security education and research, I'm living in a vastly different part of the U.S. than I grew up in."
— Jesse, Oregon resident, Class of 2014, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Computer Science
"WUE has been incredibly important to me for so many reasons. It not only allowed me to get away and experience a new region and a new environment, it also allowed me to do this for very little money out of pocket. It has truly been a gift, and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity."
— Kasey, California resident, Class of 2015, Montana Tech, Biological Sciences/Occupational Safety and Health
"WUE has helped me to attend the college that I wanted to, in order to get the degree I want. Many colleges in Oregon do not have paralegal studies. Lewis Clark State College did, but the out-of-state tuition is rather high. WUE cuts the tuition way down, which definitively helps. It has always been my dream to study law, so I am going for a four-year degree in paralegal, with a minor in pre-law."
— Malinda, Oregon resident, Class of 2015, Lewis Clark State College, Paralegal
"WUE has helped me to be able to go to an out-of-state school. Given how expensive it is to go to college out of state, I wouldn't have been able to go to otherwise."
— Cali, Washington resident, Class of 2015, Lewis-Clark State College, Nursing
"I'm from Washington. I lived in a small farming community that is seven miles from the Idaho border. I am currently enrolled at Lewis-Clark State College with plans on transfering to the University of Idaho because I can finish out my degree there. WUE has made it possible for me to attend college. It will also follow me to the U of I and allow me to receive close to in-state tuition there. I have to pay for tuition out of my pocket. Without WUE I don't believe that affording college would be possible for me."
— Patrick, Washington resident, Class of 2015, Lewis-Clark State College, Civil Engineering
"I lived in Alaska for about eight years, but Idaho was my original home state. I had considered staying in Alaska because the out-of-state tuition is so expensive. But applying for college through WUE allowed me to come back to Idaho. It also allowed me to attend the school I wanted and go into the medical field. WUE helped me save a lot of money this first year and will continue to help me for the coming years."
— Katrinia, Alaska resident, Class of 2015, Lewis-Clark State College, Medical Diagnostic Imaging
"This exchange has allowed me to go to an out-of-state college without having to pay out-of-state tuition. It helps both my parents and me to be able to afford to send me to college and will help me to be able to graduate with a degree that will help support me."
— Kendra, Washington resident, Class of 2015, Lewis-Clark State College, Nursing
"The WUE program helped me make my goals a reality. Thanks to the program, I was able to attend a university with the undergraduate degree I wanted. I really needed all the financial help I could get, and this program came through for me. It helped minimize the cost of going to college. I genuinely thank the WUE program for giving me the opportunity to broaden my horizons. "
— Bertha, Hawai'i resident, Class of 2012, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Healthcare Informatics
"WUE has made my experience of living and learning in another state much more attainable due to the lower costs of tuition. I was able to go to my first-choice college, paying a mere fraction of what I would have had to pay without it."
— Rowan, Colorado resident, Class of 2013, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Environmental Engineer
"Without receiving support through WUE, there is no way that I would ever have been able to attend a university. With the help of this program, I will be able to obtain my goal of designing and testing armor."
— Steven, Arizona resident, Class of 2015, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
"Without WUE I wouldn't be going to school in Utah. Period. The money that WUE has saved my family has allowed me to attend the University of Utah for my first semester and will continue to allow me to do so for the next three and a half years. The mechanical engineering program at the University of Utah is fantastic, and I wouldn't have been able to receive the same education I am now, while living in such a desirable state."
— Kevin, Oregon resident, Class of 2015, University of Utah, Mechanical Engineering