Tuition Discounts

The University of Nevada, Reno is a proud participant in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program, awarding undergraduate students for their academic achievements. Students from WUE locations may be considered for one of two awards at the time of admission:

  • WUE Scholarship
  • Nevada Advantage Scholarship

Nevada Advantage: The Nevada Advantage Scholarship, only available at the University of Nevada, Reno, may be available to those non-resident students residing in participating status who don’t qualify for the WUE Scholarship. Students awarded under these programs receive significantly reduced tuition.

Participating states and territories

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.

Visual map representation of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming in alternating colors of blue with state acronyms in white.
Visual map representation of states participating in WUE and NV Advantage

Learn more about each scholarship opportunity

Additional information to review


Fall 2020 WUE Scholarship for first-time freshman

The deadline for WUE Scholarship consideration is April 7, 2020.

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

You must meet one of the following qualifications:

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

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

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

WUE Scholarship is awarded in the form a tuition discount. WUE tuition is calculated at a rate of 150% of the Nevada resident fee

Students awarded WUE are notified via email seven-to-ten business days after being admitted to the University or after submitting qualifying documentation and requesting reconsideration. Copies of email notifications are also available in the student’s MyNEVADA account under the “Communication Center”

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

  • June 2020 is the last ACT and/or SAT exam administration the University will receive in time to meet the deadline
  • 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 may email admissions@unr.edu once a housing application is submitted to request reconsideration
  • 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 (Pack Pride or Nevada Scholars), WUE Scholarship will replace initial scholarship offer
  • Qualified WUE freshman may be eligible for Presidential or National Merit scholarship level consideration if they submit a complete admissions file and meet the requirements by February 1, 2020

Fall 2020 Nevada Advantage Scholarship for first-time freshman

The deadline to for Nevada Advantage consideration is April 7, 2020.

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

Students residing in participating states that do not qualify for the WUE Scholarship may be considered for the Nevada Advantage Scholarship. To be considered, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Minimum 3.0 weighted academic grade point average (AGPA)
  • Minimum 22 ACT Composite or 1100 SAT score (from a single test administration)
  • A completed core (or in-progress) required for admissions

An Academic GPA (AGPA) takes into account the grades within the University’s core courses required for admission (4 years of English, 3 years of math, 3 years of natural science and 3 years of social science). The Admissions staff calculates a student’s AGPA using only the grades for approved completed coursework within these subjects.

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

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

The Nevada Advantage Scholarship is awarded in the form a tuition discount. Nevada Advantage tuition is calculated at a rate of 200% of the Nevada resident fee.

Students awarded WUE are notified via email seven-to-ten business days after being admitted to the University or after submitting qualifying documentation and requesting reconsideration. Copies of email notifications are also available in the student’s MyNEVADA account under the “Communication Center”

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

  • June 2020 is the last ACT and/or SAT exam administration the University will receive in time to meet the deadline
  • 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 may email admissions@unr.edu once a housing application is submitted to request reconsideration
  • Students must meet the eligibility requirements prior to attending the University
  • Nevada Advantage-qualified students are limited to four consecutive years while earning their first bachelor’s degree
  • Freshman awarded Nevada Advantage are not eligible for additional Pack Pride or Nevada Scholar level University scholarships
  • If Nevada Advantage eligibility occurs after general University general scholarship awarding (Pack Pride or Nevada Scholars), the Nevada Advantage Scholarship will replace initial scholarship offer
  • Qualified Nevada Advantage freshman may be eligible for Presidential or National Merit scholarship level consideration if they submit a complete admissions file and meet the requirements by February 1, 2020
  • Nevada Advantage recipients are not required to live on campus, but it is strongly recommended

Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 WUE Scholarship for Transfer students

The deadline for WUE Scholarship consideration is December 15, 2019 for Spring 2020 and July 1, 2020 for Fall 2020.

  • You must reside in a participating state or territory
  • You must be seeking your first bachelor’s degree
  • You begin at the University for the fall immediately following high school graduation
  • Available to all majors
  • No separate application
  • You are not eligible for WUE consideration after you begin taking classes at the University of Nevada, Reno

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 3.25 cumulative transfer GPA

A transfer GPA only takes into account grades from transferable credits. Visit our Course Equivalency Table for transferability of courses. No test scores are needed.

Students granted WUE at other NSHE institutions should email admissions@unr.edu for further information.

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

The deadline for WUE Scholarship consideration is December 15, 2019 for Spring 2020 and July 1, 2020 for Fall 2020.

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

WUE Scholarship is awarded in the form a tuition discount. WUE tuition is calculated at a rate of 150% of the Nevada resident fee

Students awarded WUE are notified via email seven-to-ten business days after being admitted to the University or after submitting qualifying documentation and requesting reconsideration. Copies of email notifications are also available in the student’s MyNEVADA account under the “Communication Center”

The deadline to submit qualifying documentation and request reconsideration to admissions@unr.edu is January 5, 2020 for Spring 2020 and July 1, 2020 for Fall 2020. However, you are urged to submit updated transcripts and/or test scores as soon as they are available.

  • 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

Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 Nevada Advantage Scholarship for Transfer students

The deadline for Nevada Advantage consideration is December 15, 2019 for Spring 2020 and July 1, 2020 for Fall 2020.

  • You must reside in a participating state or territory
  • You must be seeking your first bachelor’s degree
  • Available to all majors
  • No separate application
  • You are not eligible for Nevada Advantage consideration after you begin taking classes at the University of Nevada, Reno

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

A transfer GPA only takes into account grades from transferable credits. Visit our Course Equivalency Table for transferability of courses. No test scores are needed.

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

The deadline for Nevada Advantage consideration is December 15, 2019 for Spring 2020 and July 1, 2020 for Fall 2020.

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

The Nevada Advantage Scholarship is awarded in the form a tuition discount. Nevada Advantage tuition is calculated at a rate of 200% of the Nevada resident fee.

Students awarded WUE are notified via email seven-to-ten business days after being admitted to the University or after submitting qualifying documentation and requesting reconsideration. Copies of email notifications are also available in the student’s MyNEVADA account under the “Communication Center”

The deadline to submit qualifying documentation and request reconsideration to admissions@unr.edu is January 5, 2020 for Spring 2020 and July 1, 2020 for Fall 2020. However, you are urged to submit updated transcripts and/or test scores as soon as they are available.

  • Students must meet the eligibility requirements prior to attending the University
  • Nevada Advantage-qualified students are limited to four consecutive years while earning their first bachelor’s degree

Important reminders about WUE and Nevada Advantage

  • Review cost estimates and fees. Current WUE and Nevada Advantage undergraduate cost estimates are available online.
  • Savings based on credits. Actual WUE or Nevada Advantage Scholarship 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. Visit our page on 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.

FAQ for current WUE or Nevada Advantage Scholarship students

Nevada Advantage students cannot be reconsidered for WUE once they begin taking classes at the University

No application is required. Students will continue to receive the benefits of the program they qualified for at the time of admission for up to four years while earning their first bachelor’s degree. Students are not required to maintain a minimum GPA or carry a minimum semester credit requirement to retain these programs. We recommend students enroll in a minimum of 15 credits to ensure they complete their degree within the four-year time limit.

Students may not go from WUE or Nevada Advantage directly to Nevada residency for tuition purposes, therefore students cannot establish in-state residency while receiving the benefits of these programs. Students may decline WUE or Nevada Advantage prior to the start of the semester, attend the University and pay non-resident tuition while establishing Nevada residency. Visit our page on Becoming a Nevada Resident for further information. Questions may be emailed to mynevada@unr.edu.