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WUE & Out of State Scholarships

Western Washington University offers scholarships for talented students coming from outside the State of Washington, including the popular Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) scholarship.  In addition to the other scholarship opportunities available to incoming students, admitted freshmen will automatically be considered for the scholarships listed below. No separate scholarship application is required. 

To be considered for WUE and other Out-of-State Scholarships, a student must:

  • Be an incoming freshman admitted for Fall Quarter.
  • Be a permanent resident of a state other than Washington, or a resident of British Columbia.
  • Have an exceptionally strong academic record. High school grades and test scores are highly valued in the scholarship review process. Advanced Placement, Honors, International Baccalaureate, college courses and other forms of academic rigor are highly valued as well. Leadership experience, special talent, school and community activities, individual circumstances and financial need may also be considered. Candidates are encouraged to send additional information with the application for admission to assist the scholarship committee in the selection process, such as a personal essay, letters of recommendation, writing sample, etc.

Scholarship recipients may major in any main-campus program. Scholarships cannot be applied to foreign study, off-campus, or other non-state supported programs. WUE, WAE, and WAA cannot be combined. Tuition and other expenses are determined each spring for the following academic year.

Note: The WUE Scholarship is only available to incoming freshmen. Transfer students and current WWU students are not eligible.


Estimated Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students (2013-14)

Cost for Standard Student Cost with Western Achievement Award Cost with WUE or WAE Scholarship
Tuition $18,392 $14,392 $10,392
Standard Fees $1,359 $1,359 $1,359
Housing & Meals $9,656 $9,656 $9,656
Books, Supplies,
Transportation, Misc.
(varies by student)
$4,152 $4,152 $4,152
$33,559 $29,559 $25,559


Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE)

The WUE Scholarship is a highly competitive four-year merit-based scholarship for incoming freshman who are residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah or Wyoming. Beginning Fall 2012, new recipients of the WUE Scholarship will receive an $8,000 reduction in non-resident tuition. WUE selection is based on information provided in the application for admission, including cumulative GPA, test scores and rigorous coursework. Priority is given to students with a 3.8 unweighted GPA or above. No separate application is necessary. Transfer students are not eligible. 

Western Achievement Award (WAA)

The Western Achievement Award is a competitive four-year merit-based scholarship for incoming freshman who are not residents of Washington State. Recipients of the WAA scholarship receive a $4,000 reduction in non-resident tuition each year. WAA selection is based on information provided in the application for admission, including cumulative GPA, test scores and rigorous coursework. Priority is given to students with above a 3.6 unweighted GPA. No separate application is necessary. Transfer students are not eligible.

Western Award for Excellence (WAE)

The Western Award for Excellence is a highly competitive four-year merit-based scholarship for incoming freshman who are not residents of Washington State or one of the 15 states eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange. Beginning Fall 2012, new recipients of the WAE Scholarship will receive an $8,000 reduction in non-resident tuition WAE selection is based on information provided in the application for admission, including cumulative GPA, test scores and rigorous coursework. Priority is given to students with a 3.8 unweighted GPA or above. No separate application is necessary. Transfer students are not eligible. 


Visit our Scholarship Opportunities page for more information about scholarships for incoming freshman.

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