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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 assistant, podiatry, and veterinary medicine. To be eligible for certification, the applicant or a spouse must be a legal resident of the State of Wyoming for one year immediately prior to enrolling in professional school. Applications for certification are available by June 1 at 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. The University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy welcomes applicants from residents of Alaska, Nevada and the CMNI through the PSEP program. Students accepted through PSEP may be eligible for tuition support from their home state or territory.

Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP): provides opportunities for qualified Wyoming residents to attend distinctive or health-related graduate programs in participating WICHE states and territories. Those accepted pay resident or significantly reduced tuition at the school they attend. Graduate students from WICHE states or territories interested in the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, Doctorate of Nurse Practice and Graduate Social Work may be eligible for reduced tuition via the WRGP program.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE): allows residents of participating states and territories to attend a participating institution at reduced cost of 150% of the institution’s resident tuition. Not all programs in the participating states offer WUE opportunities.

The University of Wyoming invites competitive graduating high school senior from all WUE states and territories to apply for the WUE tuition discount. All undergraduate UW majors are eligible for WUE support. Information is available from the UW Admissions Office.


Information about WICHE programs may be obtained from the WICHE Certifying Office;, (307)766-3499, or or WICHE Student Exchange Program, 3035 Center Green Drive, Suite 200; Boulder, CO 80301-9752, (303) 541-0214.

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