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Tuition Discounts

The University of Nevada, Reno's Fall 2016 Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) policy for both new freshman and transfer students has recently been revised.

We are now offering non-resident reduced tuition. The Nevada Advantage program may be available to freshman from WUE states who do not meet the WUE eligibility requirements and deadlines.

WUE states include:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Email inquiries should be directed to asknevada@unr.edu

Qualified first-time freshman and transfer students (who have not previously earned a bachelor's degree) and who are residents of WUE participating states are eligible for this non-resident reduced tuition program.  On average WUE students pay $8,966.40 per academic year (based on Fall 2015 costs, taking 15 credits per semester at $298.88/credit).  Students must qualify for WUE upon entry to the University. WUE is available to all majors. No separate application required. WUE is limited to 4 years and requires continuous enrollment to retain eligibility.  **WUE policy is subject to change**  See below for deadlines.

Qualified students who meet the deadline will automatically be reviewed for WUE.  WUE notifications will be sent to those who qualify.  Copies of these communications are posted in the student's MyNEVADA Communication Center.

Freshman who do not meet the WUE criteria will automatically be considered for the Nevada Advantage if they apply prior to the published deadline (see Nevada Advantage description below).

Scholarship note: Freshmen granted WUE are not eligible for additional Pack Pride or Nevada Scholars level University scholarships. Qualified WUE freshmen are eligible for Presidential or National Merit scholarship level consideration if they submit a complete file by the February 1st scholarship deadline.

Freshman Award Criteria effective Fall 2016 (Students must meet all eligibility requirements prior to published deadline):

  • Freshmen may only be considered for WUE eligibility for the fall semester immediately following graduation from a WUE participating state high school. Early graduates applying to the spring semester of what would typically be their last semester of their senior year, please email asknevada@unr.edu for further information.
  • Initial admission documentation (application, $60 application fee, official ACT or SAT I test scores and official transcripts) must be received by February 1st.
  • Student must have a minimum 3.25 (weighted) Academic GPA (AGPA) with a completed core (or in-progress) required for admission. The AGPA is calculated by the University admissions staff using the grades within the approved core subjects listed below. A weighted AGPA takes into account the extra difficulty of honors, Advanced Placement (AP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes.  Core requirements include:  4 years of English, 3 years of Math (Algebra I & higher), 3 years of Natural Science and 3 years of Social Science. Students with 2 years natural science graduation requirements will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Test scores must meet the minimum 26 ACT (composite) or 1170 SAT I score (combined critical reading and math ONLY) from the same test administration.  No superscoring (mixing of scores from different test dates) is allowed.
  • WUE freshmen are required to live on campus their first year.  The best chance to be assigned the hall of choice or requested roommate is to apply for housing February 1st.  WUE freshmen must apply for housing by May 1st. www.unr.edu/housing

Freshmen Reconsideration (Students must meet all eligibility requirements prior to published deadline):
For students who do not initially meet the WUE eligibility requirements, reconsideration may be available by submitting updated official test scores (no later than a December test administration) and/or official 7th semester transcripts AND requesting reconsideration via asknevada@unr.edu by February 1st.  December is the last available ACT/SAT I test administration option available to allow the University of Nevada, Reno to receive test scores in time to meet this deadline.  Students are responsible for requesting official test scores and/or transcripts to be sent to the University.

Transfer Award Criteria for Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 (Students must meet all eligibility requirements prior to published deadline):

  • Transfer students pursuing their first bachelor's degree must have completed 24 transferable semester credits (does not include AP work) from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution within a participating WUE state.
  • A minimum cumulative transfer 3.25 GPA is required. No test scores needed.
  • Initial admission documentation (application, $60 application fee, and all official transcripts) must be received by July 1st for Fall 2016 and December 15th for Spring 2017.
  • Students granted WUE at other NSHE institutions should email asknevada@unr.edu for further information.

Transfer Reconsideration: Students must meet all eligibility requirements prior to the published deadline
For those students who apply early, WUE reconsideration may be available by submitting updated official supplemental transcripts AND requesting reconsideration via asknevada@unr.edu by July 1st for Fall 2016 and January 5th for Spring 2017.  Students are responsible for requesting official transcripts to be sent to the University.

Other conditions may apply.  WUE is subject to change.  Questions may be directed to asknevada@unr.edu or call 1-866-2NEVADA or 775-784-4700 option 1 for more information.

Spring 2016 WUE eligibility requirements for transfer students

Transfer students (seeking their first bachelor's degree) must have completed 24 transferable semester credits from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution within a WUE state and have a minimum 3.0 cumulative transfer GPA. Spring 2016 application deadline is December 15th. Official qualifying documentation must be received by January 5th for Spring 2016 WUE consideration.

No separate application is needed. All qualified transfer students will automatically be reviewed for WUE. WUE notifications will be sent to those who qualify. Out-of-state notifications will be sent to those who do not meet the WUE policy requirements.

Freshman are only considered for WUE for the fall semester immediately following their high school graduation. Early graduates applying to the spring semester of what would typically be their last semester of their senior year, please email asknevada@unr.edu for further information.
**WUE policy is subject to change**

The Nevada Advantage

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Email inquiries should be directed to asknevada@unr.edu

Qualified first-time freshmen who are residents of WUE participating states but are not eligible for the University of Nevada, Reno's WUE policy may qualify for the Nevada Advantage. States include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.  On average Nevada Advantage students pay $11,955.00 per academic year (based on Fall 2015 costs, taking 15 credits per semester at $398.50/credit). Students must qualify for program upon entry to the University. No separate application. Nevada Advantage is limited to 4 years and requires continuous enrollment to retain eligibility. **The Nevada Advantage policy is subject to change**

All freshmen residing in WUE participating states will initially be automatically reviewed for WUE up to 7-10 days after admission.  If a freshman does not meet the WUE requirement, they will automatically be evaluated for the Nevada Advantage reduced tuition program.  Nevada Advantage notifications will be sent to those who qualify.  Out-of-state notifications will be sent to those who do not meet the Nevada Advantage policy eligibility requirements.  Copies of these communications are posted to a student's MyNEVADA Communication Center.

Eligible students may only qualify for one reduced tuition program (Nevada Advantage OR WUE) at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Scholarship note: Freshmen granted Nevada Advantage are not eligible for additional Pack Pride or Nevada Scholars level University scholarships. Qualified Nevada Advantage freshmen are eligible for Presidential or National Merit scholarship level consideration if they submit a complete file by the February 1st scholarship deadline.

Freshman Award Criteria (Students must meet all eligibility requirements):

  • Freshmen may only be considered for Nevada Advantage eligibility for the fall semester immediately following graduation from a WUE participating state high school.  Students graduating high school mid-year and who want to begin freshmen enrollment in what would typically be considered the last semester of high school may email asknevada@unr.edu for eligibility information.
  • Freshmen are encouraged to submit a complete file by February 1st.  Final freshmen application deadline is April 7th.
  • Student must have a minimum 3.0 (weighted) Academic GPA (AGPA) with a completed core (or in-progress) required for admission. The AGPA is calculated by the University admissions staff using the grades within the approved core subjects listed below. A weighted AGPA takes into account the extra difficulty of honors, Advanced Placement (AP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes.  Core requirements include:  4 years of English, 3 years of Math (Algebra 1 & higher), 3 years of Natural Science, and 3 years of Social Science. Students with 2 years natural science graduation requirements will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Test scores must meet the minimum 22 ACT (composite) or 1100 SAT I score (combined critical reading + math ONLY) from the same test administration.  No superscoring (mixing of scores from different test dates) is allowed.
  • Freshmen awarded the Nevada Advantage are not required to live on campus their first year.  Students are highly encouraged to consider living on campus and to apply early.  The best chance of being assigned to the hall of choice or with a requested roommate is to apply by February 1st.  Housing applications received after May 1st may be placed on a waiting list and will be assigned on a space available basis.  www.unr.edu/housing

For students who apply early, Nevada Advantage reconsideration may be available by submitting updated official test scores and/or official updated transcripts AND requesting reconsideration via asknevada@unr.edu.  If awarded Nevada Advantage after general University scholarship awarding, Nevada Advantage will replace initial scholarship offer.

All policies subject to change.  Other conditions may apply.

Nevada Advantage is only available to new freshmen.  Transfer students are ineligible for Nevada Advantage.  Please see above WUE reduced tuition program details for transfer student eligibility requirements.

Please note:  Students must meet the WUE or Nevada Advantage (if applicable) policy requirements and deadlines established for the semester in which they apply and must do so prior to attending the University.  Students are not eligible for WUE or Nevada Advantage consideration after they matriculate to the University.

Students awarded WUE or Nevada Advantage are eligible to maintain the reduced tuition program as long as they are in good academic standing and stay continuously enrolled during the fall and spring semesters.   WUE and Nevada Advantage are limited to 4 years.

Questions may be directed to asknevada@unr.edu or call 1-866-2NEVADA or 775-784-4700 option 1 for more information.

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