Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

About the WUE Program

WUE is a scholarship program with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).

Through WUE, students pay a reduced out-of-state tuition fee. WUE students pay 150 percent of the standard resident tuition at CSU, Chico. These savings make tuition considerably less than a traditional non-resident student.

File Your WUE Contract NOW! (PDF)

Students can save

up to $9,010 each year in the WUE program.

Eligibility Requirements

New freshman and transfer students enrolling for the first time may apply for the WUE scholarship.

  • WUE scholarships are not available to students declaring the following majors: Liberal Studies Online, Nursing, Religious Studies Online, Sociology Online, and Social Science Online.
  • Students must be a resident of one of the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming.
  • Students must maintain full-time enrollment (at least 12 units) each semester and remain in good standing with the institution.
  • WUE students must declare their intent to maintain their legal domicile in their home WICHE state at the time of their application, and are not eligible to reapply for WUE if they choose to break their WUE contract.
  • Students are welcome to apply before they have been admitted to the University. However, we will not review, process or inform you of the decision until after you have been admitted.
  • Students must request the WUE tuition rate before they enroll in courses and pay tuition fees at CSU, Chico.
  • Students pursuing a second bachelor's degree or master's degree are not eligible to participate in the WUE program.

While participating in WUE, students are not eligible for California resident tuition. Students cannot apply time accrued while participating in the WUE program to establish California residency. Review more information on obtaining CA residency (PDF) for tuition purposes.

Students may receive WUE tuition for four years or until the completion of the bachelor’s degree.

Savings with WUE

2019-2020 Estimated Budget for 15 units
2019-2020 Estimated Budget for WUE Participants
WUE tuition and fees*$10,680
Room & Board$13,422
Personal Expenses$1,704
Total academic year budget$28,868

For the most current cost of attendance information, visit the Financial Aid and Scholarship(opens in new window) website.

*Non-residents not participating in the WUE program pay $396 per semester unit in addition to state fees.  The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).

2019-2020 Estimated Savings for WUE Participants
2019-2020 Estimated Savings
Savings up to $9,010

WUE Contract

Once you have submitted an application for admission through Cal State Apply please complete the WUE Contract (PDF) (PDF) and return it to the WUE Coordinator at:

CSU, Chico
Office of Admissions
Student Services Center
Chico, CA 95929-0722
or FAX to: 530-898-6456

Questions & Answers

Q: How do I know I have received the WUE scholarship?

After you submit the WUE contract, you will be notified with a Confirmation of Participation letter. This letter is only applicable if you are admitted to the University. You will also receive notification in the Student Center within your CSU, Chico Portal.

Q: Do I need to reapply for the WUE each year?

No, the WUE scholarship is good for four years or until you graduate, whichever comes first. You do not need to reapply for the WUE scholarship for each of those four years you attend Chico State. However, if you leave the University and do not complete a planned educational leave form, you would need to reapply to the program when you reapply to the University.

Q: What if I want my major to be nursing or a major that you are not accepting WUE applications from?

The nursing program is not open to students receiving the WUE savings. Students who apply to nursing will not be considered for the WUE program. The same will also apply when declaring any online program as a field of study.

If you are currently receiving the WUE scholarship and want to become a nursing student, (or any of the other mentioned programs,) you would need to complete a WUE request to withdraw form found in the Office of Admissions and establish California residency.

Q: What if it takes me more than four years to graduate?

The WUE scholarship is good for as long at it takes you to complete your degree.

Q: What if I want to become a California resident for tuition purposes?

As a current WUE recipient, you would need to complete the WUE request to withdraw form found at the Office of Admissions. Once you are granted a withdrawal from the program, you will then be able to start accruing time towards California residency. Check with the Office of Admissions on the process of obtaining California residency.

Q: How do I find how much WUE fees will be each semester?

The most up-to-date and accurate information on WUE fees can be found on the Student Financial Services (SFIN) website(opens in new window). The WUE amount is listed under fee waivers.

Q: What if I want to study abroad?

Great! Studying abroad is an amazing experience. As a WUE scholarship recipient you will need to talk to the Study Abroad office at studabr@csuchico.edu or call 530-898-5415 and complete the paperwork in order to maintain your WUE status.