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Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) was created in 1953 by the governors and legislators of the western states. The primary commitment is to provide access to educational programs through interstate cooperation. Wyoming provides opportunities for qualified residents in the following programs:
Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) offers certified Wyoming residents access to professional education in the fields of dentistry, medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathic medicine, physical therapy, physician's assistant, podiatry, and veterinary medicine. To be eligible for certification, the applicant must be a legal resident of the State of Wyoming for one year immediately prior to enrolling in professional school. Applications for certification are located at www.uwyo.edu/hs/wiche-wwami-wydent-program/index.html and are due no later than October 15 of the year preceding the anticipated start date of professional school. Applicants who are accepted to a professional program and who receive state support pay reduced tuition. In all fields except veterinary medicine, students receiving state support must either pay back the money expended on their behalf or practice in their fields in the state of Wyoming for three years. State support is dependent on continued appropriations from the Wyoming State Legislature.
Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP): provides opportunities for qualified Wyoming residents to attend distinctive graduate programs in participating WICHE states. Those accepted pay resident or significantly reduced tuition at the school they attend.
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE): allows residents of participating states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) to attend a participating institution at reduced cost of 150% of the institution's resident tuition. Not all institutions in the participating states offer WUE opportunities.
The University of Wyoming invites competitive applicants from participating states and awards WUE to highly qualified students. Information can be obtained from the UW Admissions Office.
Information about WICHE programs may be obtained from the WICHE Certifying Office; Dept. 3432, 1000 E. University Ave.; Laramie, WY 82071; (307)766-6704 or (307)766-3499 or firstname.lastname@example.org or WICHE Student Exchange Program, 3035 Center Green Drive, Suite 200; Boulder, CO 80301-9752, (303) 541-0214.