Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Reduced Tuition Scholarship

If you're a new freshman or transfer student from the Western U.S., you can save on your out-of-state tuition.

The University of Nevada, Reno is a proud participant in WUE, which allows students from participating states and territories to pay only 150% of our standard Nevada resident tuition. Participating areas include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

If you do not qualify for WUE, there's Nevada Advantage

Students who do not qualify for WUE, may be eligible for Nevada Advantage, a reduced tuition scholarship program available only at the University of Nevada, Reno.

 

First-year students

April 7, 2021 is the deadline to submit an application for Fall 2021 WUE consideration

Eligibility

  • You must reside in a participating state or territory
  • You must be seeking your first bachelor’s degree
  • You must begin at the University for the fall immediately following high school graduation*
  • Available to all majors
  • No separate application
  • You must live on-campus during your first year

Due to COVID-19, exceptions may be available for students applying for Fall or Spring 2021. Email wue@unr.edu for more information.

Academic qualifications

You must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • 3.25 unweighted cumulative grade point average (GPA)
  • Minimum 24 ACT Composite (must come from a single test administration)
  • Minimum 1160 SAT (must come from a single test administration)

How to receive WUE consideration

Eligible students will receive automatic consideration with a completed admissions file which includes the following:

  • Admissions application and application fee
  • Official transcript sent directly from school
  • Official test scores sent directly from test agency (test scores are optional for admission purposes)

University school codes:

  • ACT: 2494
  • SAT: 4844

How is WUE funding awarded?

WUE is a non-disbursable scholarship and is awarded in the form of a tuition discount. WUE tuition is calculated at a rate of 150% of the Nevada resident fee.

Students awarded WUE are notified via email two-to-three (2-3) business days after being admitted to the University or after a reconsideration request is processed. Copies of email notifications are also available in the student’s MyNEVADA account under the “Communication Center.”

How to request for WUE reconsideration

The deadline to submit qualifying documentation and request reconsideration (wue@unr.edu) is July 15. However, students are urged to submit updated transcripts and/or test scores as soon as they are available.

  • June 2021 is the last ACT and/or SAT exam administration the University will receive in time to meet the deadline
  • Due to the first-year, on-campus living requirement, incoming freshman who meet the requirement for WUE after May 1 may not be granted WUE if an on-campus housing wait list has begun
  • Students who are not automatically awarded WUE due to not having on-campus housing contracts, may email wue@unr.edu once a housing application is submitted to request reconsideration

Other important information about WUE

  • Students must meet the eligibility requirements prior to attending the University
  • WUE qualified students are limited to four consecutive years while earning their first bachelor’s degree
  • Freshman awarded WUE are not eligible for additional Pack Pride or Nevada Scholar level University scholarships
  • If WUE eligibility occurs after general University general scholarship awarding, WUE Scholarship will replace initial scholarship offer
  • Qualified WUE freshman may be eligible for Presidential or National Merit scholarship level consideration if they apply for admission and submit application documentation by February 1, 2021 and complete the separate scholarship application and FAFSA (or Institutional Methodology for Non-FAFSA Ineligible Students form) by February 15, 2021. 
  • WUE freshman are required to live on-campus during their first year. Housing applications open November 15. For the best chance of being assigned to the residence hall of choice or with a requested roommate, please apply by February 1. A housing waitlist begins when applications exceed available housing spaces. 

Submit your admission application materials

University of Nevada, Reno
Office of Admissions and Records
Mail Stop 0120
Reno, NV 89557

 

Transfer students

December 15, 2020 is the deadline to submit an application for Spring 2021 consideration and July 1, 2021 is the deadline to submit an application for Fall 2021 consideration.

Eligibility

  • You must have a minimum of 24 transferable semester credits from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution within a participating state or territory
  • You must be seeking your first bachelor’s degree
  • Available to all majors
  • No separate application
  • Students are not eligible for WUE consideration after they begin taking classes at the University of Nevada, Reno

Academic qualifications

To be considered, you must meet both of the following requirements:

  • Must have completed 24 transferable semester credits (does not include Advanced Placement or non-graded work) from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution within a participating location
  • A minimum 3.0 cumulative transfer GPA (does not include courses with Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory designation)

A transfer GPA only takes into account grades from transferable credits. Visit our Transfer office for information about the transferability of courses. No test scores are needed.

How to receive WUE consideration

Eligible students will receive automatic consideration with a completed admissions file which includes the following:

How is WUE awarded?

WUE is a non-disbursable scholarship and is awarded in the form of a tuition discount. WUE tuition is calculated at a rate of 150% of the Nevada resident fee.

Students awarded WUE are notified via email two-to-three (2-3) business days after being admitted to the University or after a reconsideration request is processed. Copies of email notifications are also available in the student’s MyNEVADA account under the “Communication Center”

How to request for WUE reconsideration

The deadline to submit qualifying documentation and request reconsideration to wue@unr.edu is January 5, 2021 for Spring 2021 and July 1, 2021 for Fall 2021. However, students are urged to submit updated transcripts as soon as they are available.

Other important information about WUE

  • Students must meet the eligibility requirements prior to attending the University
  • WUE is limited to four consecutive years while students earn their first bachelor’s degree

Submit your admission application materials

University of Nevada, Reno
Office of Admissions and Records
Mail Stop 0120
Reno, NV 89557

Important information to consider

  • Review cost estimates and fees. Current WUE and Nevada Advantage undergraduate cost estimates are available online.
  • WUE/Nevada Advantage is a non-disbursable scholarship. While it is listed on the financial aid offer letter, the benefit is granted as non-resident reduced tuition, thereby charging qualified students substantially less. These scholarships will not be disbursed in addition to the discounted tuition.
  • Savings based on credits. Actual WUE or Nevada Advantage tuition savings vary based on number of enrolled credits.
  • Fees are required. Mandatory fees are required for all students, regardless of residency status.
  • Cannot reclassify as a Nevada resident. Students may not be reclassified as a Nevada resident while receiving the benefits of WUE or Nevada Advantage. Students may decline awarded program, pay full non-resident tuition for at least 12 months and apply for reclassification to Nevada resident status. Learn about becoming a Nevada resident and email mynevada@unr.edu for more information.
  • Students cannot be reconsidered for WUE/Nevada Advantage once they begin taking classes at the University. Students who do not meet the minimum requirements by the deadline prior to taking classes are not eligible for reconsideration for these programs. Non-resident students paying out-of-state tuition may consider establishing Nevada residency as a financially independent student. Learn about becoming a Nevada resident and email mynevada@unr.edu for more information.
  • Subject to requirements. Students are subject to the requirements established for the semester in which they apply and attend the University of Nevada, Reno.
  • Not responsible for 3rd-party information/materials. The University of Nevada, Reno is not responsible for information contained on 3rd party websites and/or promotional materials.
 

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