Students and Parents

Gain affordable access to higher education. Through enrollment at cooperating campus-based programs, WICHE’s student exchange programs offer a broad range of options for students at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. More than 34,000 students participate in these programs. By enrolling at the participating campuses in the 2013-14 academic year, undergraduate students alone saved $264.7 million dollars in tuition by paying 150% of resident tuition, instead of the full nonresident rate. More recently, WICHE has created some new programs to assist online and nontraditional adult learners.

Professional Student
Program (PSEP)

Vet med students. Photo courtesty of Washington State U.

Preparing for a degree
in the health professions?

Pay reduced tuition at participating programs in the West. See which fields your home state supports.

Exchange (WUE)

Undergradates on campus

Preparing for your
undergraduate degree?

Study out of state in the West and pay only 150% of resident tuition. Choose from more than 150 institutions located in our WICHE states.

Western Regional
Program (WRGP)

College grads

Preparing a master's,
doctorate, or graduate certificate?

Choose from some 350 programs available at our participating institutions across the West.



As with any new approach to an age-old tradition, questions arise among those interested in trying online learning. Read some of the most commonly asked questions from prospective students.

Internet Course Exchange

Read about WICHE Internet Course Exchange from a student's perspective

  • Aims to unite organizations and agencies working to increase college completion by adults with prior college credits but no degree in a collaborative learning network.

  • WICHE ICE enables students, through their home institutions, to seamlessly access high quality online courses and programs offered by other four-year and two-year ICE member institutions.

  • Interstate PassportSM – A new program that facilitates block transfer of lower-division general education based on learning outcomes and transfer-level proficiency criteria, with the goals of improving graduate rates, shortening time to degree, and saving students money.

  • MHECare offers vetted, competitively priced medical benefits to institutions and their students.

  • NANSLO is an international consortium enabling access to high-quality, modular, openly licensed courseware, integrating immersive web-based labs with software, video and robotics for the study of science courses.

  • WICHE's Professional Student Exchange Program enables students in 10 western states to enroll in selected out-of-state professional healthcare programs and pay reduced tuition.

  • Reports on tuition and mandatory fees at public institutions in the West, providing a state-by-state and institution-by-institution review of tuition changes for the current academic year, as well as those from one, five, and 10 years ago.

  • The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) allows master’s, graduate certificate, and Ph.D. students who are residents of the WICHE member states to enroll in some 380 high-quality programs at 60 participating institutions outside of their home state and pay resident tuition.

  • Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state.

  • W-SARA – The WICHE State Authorization Agreement, and those of the other three regional higher education compacts, make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines and make it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education.