Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Award




This information is for the Fall 2023/Spring 2024 academic year. Unless otherwise noted, awards listed are for the academic year and not by semester.

The University of Wyoming will recognize non-resident graduating seniors as recipients of the highly competitive Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) award.  Limited awards are made to students based upon their cumulative unweighted high school GPA and test scores (ACT or SAT).  Requirements are shown in the GOLD portion of the grid below.  This award will pay tuition at 150% of the resident tuition, which is approximately $13,290 less than the standard non-resident tuition for students taking 12-18 credit hours per semester, based upon the block tuition model.

The WUE award cannot be combined with the Brown and Gold Commitment or any institutional scholarship aid, including those made possible by the University of Wyoming Foundation.

Please note: All University of Wyoming financial awards are only available to eligible admits. The awards are subject to available funding and the approval of the UW Board of Trustees; they reserve the right to change said rates at any time.



Note: All UW financial awards are subject to available funding, and are only available for eligible admits who begin in the fall semester.

Eligible States



A map depicting the states that qualify for WUE.

* WUE participating states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Important Note to Students

 If you fall outside of the WUE area indicated in the gold section on the grid, UW will review your cumulative unweighted high school GPA and ACT/SAT test scores to determine if you are eligible for the Brown and Gold Commitment.

To be considered for the WUE award, students must: 

  • Apply for admission and submit the non-refundable $40 admission application fee.

  • Submit official high school transcripts.

  • Submit ACT/SAT test scores. (Test optional students will not be considered for the WUE award.)

  • Be admitted to UW and confirmed by May 1st, 11:59 pm MDT.

Initial Eligibility and Compliance:

  • The WUE award is only available to first-time, entering non-resident freshmen seeking their first bachelor's degree.

  • It is renewable for up to 8 semesters (4 academic years) or up to the first bachelor's degree whichever comes first.

  • Students must maintain full-time continuous enrollment in 12 semester hours during the fall and spring semesters each year but is not available to use during the summer semester.

  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative UW GPA (evaluated at the end of each spring semester).

  • Study abroad students must be in a 4001 level study abroad course, with tuition billed by the university for their commitment or scholarship to pay. If you enroll in a non-exchange program, you will waive that semester of commitment or scholarship eligibility.

  • Details regarding the requirements to receive and renew the WUE award will be included in the award Terms & Conditions.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Details on WUE for Fall 2024/Spring 2025 can be found here.

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