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 been an amazing help financially. Without it my chances of being able to attend Colorado State would be lessened considerably due to how expensive it is to study out-of-state. I'm so thankful for the opportunities the WUE has made available to me! I hope the program will continue long into the future and help other out-of-staters just like me."
— Anna, New Mexico resident, Class of 2014, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, English with a Concentration in Education
"I'm from Nevada, a state with only two universities, so I'd be very constricted if I wasn't able to attend an out-of state university. Attending college in Colorado has been an amazing experience, and it would not have been possible without WUE. I have a twin sister who is also studying at Colorado State University. My dad was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness that has created large medical expenses for my family. Without WUE there is no way my sister and I would be attending such a great university in Colorado."
— Jackie, Nevada resident, Class of 2013, Colorado State University, History, Communications Studies, and English (Language Concentration)
"WUE was the deciding factor when I was figuring out where to go to college. My WUE scholarship made attending CSU possible, and also gave me the opportunity to design my own educational experience without having to worry as much about the costs of tuition. Thanks to WUE, I was able to afford the “Semester at Sea” study abroad program; it was a life-changing experience that I will always take with me, and the skills I gained there will help me in my future career. "
— Katie, Oregon resident, Class of 2011, Colorado State University, Business Administration and Organizational Management
"WUE has been an incredible blessing in my educational career. I grew up in Corvallis, Oregon. WUE, however, allowed me to pursue a college education in Colorado. I have genuinely never been happier or more successful in my life. Without WUE, I would not have had such a beneficial, life-changing collegiate experience! "
— Malory, Oregon resident, Class of 2012, Colorado State University, Biomedical Science
"WUE made my undergraduate studies in civil engineering at CSU possible!"
— Jeffrey, Alaska resident, Class of 2012, Colorado State University, Civil engineering
"The WUE Scholarship has helped me achieve my academic goal of moving out of state to go to college. This has meant the world to me, as I have dreamed of going out of state for years. WUE is helping me achieve my goals because it enables me to be able to be here, in beautiful Colorado, studying what I love: zoology."
— Devyn, New Mexico resident, Class of 2014, Colorado State University, Zoology
"WUE was a key factor for me in deciding to come to Colorado for college. CSU’s College of Natural Resources is the perfect place to start my career in conservation, with numerous research opportunities through professors and associates. And, WUE’s given me the financial freedom and time to get involved in campus clubs and athletics, and focus on academics, instead of worrying about part-time jobs to help pay for school. WUE’s an amazing program, and I hope it continues to support students for years to come. Thank you."
— Tessa, California resident, Class of 2014, Colorado State University, Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
"Without WUE, I wouldn't have been able to attend my #1 choice of university. I couldn't be happier with the university I chose to attend, and I'm glad WUE could make it affordable for my family. "
— Meghan, Montana resident, Class of 2014, Colorado State University, Psychology & Spanish
"I would not have been able to attend Colorado State, which was my dream college, had it not been for WUE."
— Carrie, Wyoming resident, Class of 2014, Colorado State University, Political Science
"I had always been intrested in leaving home for college to expand my horizons and education. The cost of an out-of-state school, however, was a harsh reality when it came to application time. WUE made it possible for me to attended Colorado State as an out-of-state student. Here, I have been able to pursue an animal science major and work towards vet school, which are both majors my home state universities did not offer. WUE is helping my family and me save money for my grad school education."
— Sarah, New Mexico resident, Class of 2013, Colorado State University, Animal Science, Pre-Vet Concentration
"WUE allowed me to choose an out-of-state school at an affordable price. I am from New Mexico and wanted to go to college in Colorado. The WUE program is great for students that strive academically throughout high school and cannot fully afford to go out of state. It gives students like myself a chance to go to their dream school."
— Milton, New Mexico resident, Class of 2012, Colorado State University, Mechanical Engineering
"$40,000….. imagine how much you could do with that! Over four years, my WUE scholarship will have saved me about that much in tuition! WUE took a huge load off my already “full-of-debt” mind. It allows me to spend less time worrying and more time enjoying college and studying what I love. Thank you!"
— Claire, Hawai'i resident, Class of 2014, Colorado State University, Equine Science
"Finding better ways to provide the best possible education for budding professionals is absolutely crucial in securing the economic future of this country. Programs like WUE have provided me and many of my friends with the opportunity to pursue our career interests in the schools with the best facilities for our fields of study and in locations with the strongest demand for jobs within our majors. Were it not for WUE, I certainly could not have afforded the out-of-state tuition in Colorado, and the outstanding civil and environmental engineering programs here would have been out of reach. "
— Brendan, Washington resident, Class of 2014, Colorado State University, Civil Engineering
"WUE has helped me to afford a school with a good preveterinary program. I intend to apply to vet school, so I wanted to attend a college with a good undergraduate program for veterinary medicine. Colorado State not only has that, it also a multitude of programs and volunteer opportunites for prevet students not found at other universities. Without WUE's aid in paying the tuition for an out-of-state university, I would have missed many educational opportunities that have helped me on my chosen career path."
— Erin, Arizona resident, Class of 2013, Colorado State University, Biomedical Sciences
"As a young Hispanic from a very low-income family, it would not have been possible for me to attend CSU without reduced tuition through WUE. CSU and Colorado are a very good fit for me in many ways: academically, socially, and the surrounding environment. If it weren’t for WUE, I would have had to stay in my home state for college. Although there are good opportunities there too, I also believe that anyone who’s willing to work hard and takes college seriously deserves the opportunity to leave home and find a school that is the best fit for their academic goals and personal growth."
— Jasmine, New Mexico resident, Class of 2014, Colorado State University, Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology