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Western Colorado University - Scholarships
Meg English
Friday, October 11, 2019

Western Colorado University - Scholarships


Out of state students



Western is proud to offer our scholars the chance to learn in a small school environment with hands-on educational opportunities and access to world-class outdoor recreation while still being an affordable option.

Did you know immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a Merit Scholarship worth between $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students? The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. We encourage students to use our Net Price Calculator to determine if they qualify for a merit scholarship.

We also offer these tuition discount programs for out of state students:

Western Undergraduate Exchange and Central Plains
Students with a permanent address from 25 states in the West and Midwest are automatically considered for reduced tuition rates upon completion of the admissions process.

  • Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) and Central Plains (CP) tuition are a substantial saving relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for either program will be charged 150 percent of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2019-20, the discount is valued at $4,335.
  • Only students who do not qualify for a merit scholarship, are eligible for the WUE CP tuition program.

There isn't a separate application process to be considered for WUE or CP status. All students are reviewed with a completed application file.

Neighboring States
Students with a permanent address from one of the seven contiguous neighboring states to Colorado who have demonstrated financial need are automatically considered for a special $1,000 per year grant, up to $4,000 over four years.

The Western Neighboring States Program can be added to WUE, CP or merit scholarships.

Also, students who confirm enrollment by November 1 and who are eligible for merit aid will receive an additional $500 to help them pay for school. Encourage your student to apply today!