The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) helps undergraduate students from Idaho attend EWU with a lower cost of tuition.

Automatic WUE

New undergraduate students from participating states and territories can save over $14,000 on tuition automatically.

Tuition Savings

The tuition savings for WUE students is over $14,000 and it lasts until you graduate. That’s a huge benefit.

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No Application

The good news: there is no separate WUE application. All you have to do is submit a completed EWU application for admission.

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More Considerations

Every eligible out-of-state student from a WICHE state will be automatically considered for a WUE scholarship.

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Discover the Inland Northwest

Small-town charm with big-city life, floatable rivers and award-winning urban parks, instagrammable nature spots and downtown urban markets with delicious food trucks.

Welcome to Cheney

With a population of 13,000, the city of Cheney is about the same size as the EWU student body. Campus is the heart of the town.

Part suburb, part true college town, Cheney is a town that understands the nocturnal habits of college students. You’re going to enjoy all the late-night pizza, burgers and tacos you need to fuel your study sessions.

20 Minutes to Spokane

Spokane is the second-largest city in Washington and has everything students love: nightlife, shopping, Apple and Nike stores, an international airport, movie theaters, museums, cafes, restaurants, parks, art galleries, sports teams, concerts and farmers markets in the heart of downtown.

Plus, your student ID acts as a free buss pass direct from campus to downtown and all around the Spokane area!

Adventure Awaits

Whether you’re in Cheney or Spokane, you’re just minutes from outdoor adventure.

Mountains, lakes, rivers, forests, prairies, bike trails, wildlife, waterfalls: the region is gorgeous, pristine and ready-made for your next trek.

There’s a reason EWU’s EPIC Adventures program is one of the most popular and well-run outdoor adventure programs in the country. After all, we’re right in the middle of the country’s best adventure.

Photo of six EWU students posing with water sports gear on the shore of a river.


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Tuition Savings

EWU Tuition (Fees Not Included)$11,219$25,517



WUE requirements:

  • Did you submit your admissions application to EWU?
  • Are you a resident of a WUE state?
  • Are you seeking your first bachelor’s degree? If you can answer “yes” to these questions, you’re eligible.

WUE Frequently Asked Questions

Newly admitted students from one of the 16 participating western states and territories are eligible for the WUE scholarship. No GPA requirements.

Yes, the scholarship is also eligible for new transfer students from participating states and territories.

If you’re from a WUE state or territory, you may be automatically eligible, which will annually reduce your non-resident tuition by over $14,000. Apply for EWU admission by February 1 for priority consideration.

The good news: there’s no separate WUE application. All you have to do is submit a completed EWU application for admission. Apply early! If you apply after February 1, WUE awards may not be available.

Visit ewu.edu/apply to complete your application for admission today.

WUE award letters are sent as soon as possible, usually within a few days of your admission.

Only admitted students receive WUE award letters. This means your application must be complete before we can send you a letter.

First, you’ll receive notice that you are being offered a WUE award to study at EWU. This isn’t junk mail! It’s critical that you sign and return an agreement stating you accept the WUE award and agree to follow its conditions, one of which is a commitment to live on campus your first year at EWU if you’re a freshman.

Be sure to contact us with your questions about campus living and WUE requirements.

When you receive WUE at EWU, it lasts for up to four years for new freshman and two years for transfer students. Just make sure you’re in good academic standing (a.k.a. getting good grades) and making satisfactory progress toward your degree (a.k.a. taking the classes you need in order to graduate).

No, but you can use WUE for any number of credits during the regular academic year. Twelve or 20, it’s up to you.

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102 Sutton Hall, Cheney, WA

Yep, and here it is:

Students who register as freshmen and receive WUE must live on campus their first year. WUE award recipients must maintain legal residence in a WUE state other than Washington. WUE recipients cannot use the time of their enrollment toward fulfilling Washington in-state residency requirements for tuition purposes.

Almost all EWU academic programs are open to WUE students on a space-available basis. EWU’s WUE award does not apply to students admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

Note: Requirements for the WUE program are maintained by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and are subject to change without notice.

Am I eligible for WUE?

You can use the EWU’s freshman scholarship calculator to see if you qualify for a WUE award.

If you can answer “yes” to these three questions, you may be eligible for WUE.

  • Are you a first-time college student?
  • Did you submit your admissions application to EWU?
  • Are you a resident of a WUE state?

Applying to and Affording College Should be Simple

We agree. At EWU, you can study in every program at WUE rates. (Only the last two years of the nursing program are ineligible for WUE.)

States and Territories

Eligible undergraduate students from 16 participating western states and territories can attend EWU with a lower cost of tuition.

MontanaNevadaNew Mexico
North DakotaOregonSouth Dakota
Mariana Islands (CNMI)Federal States of Micronesia
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EWU’s Non-discrimination Policy

Eastern Washington University does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, age, marital status, families with children, protected veteran or military status, HIV or hepatitis C, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, as provided for and to the extent required by state and federal laws.