Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) is a regional organization created by the Western Regional Education Compact in the 1950s. The compacting Western states cooperatively agree to provide acceptable and efficient educational facilities to meet the needs of the Western Region and formed WICHE. WICHE was created to facilitate resource sharing among the higher education systems of the West. WICHE's mission is to improve access to higher education for students in the Western Region via student exchange programs.
WICHE's student exchange programs offer a broad range of higher education options for Hawaii residents at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. WICHE's exchange programs include the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE), the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) and the Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP). These programs provide Hawaii residents access to programs at participating WICHE institutions at a reduced tuition rate.
Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE)
Through the WUE program, residents of the WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at a participating WICHE school. Residency alone does not guarantee the WUE rate, therefore, students should check with the institution they plan to attend for eligibility and application procedures. Those who wish to attend the University of Hawaii through the WUE program should contact the Admissions Office at the University of Hawaii at Manoa or the University of Hawaii at Hilo campuses for more information. For Hawaii residents who wish to attend a participating school in the WICHE states, please contact the Admissions Office of the school you plan to attend. For a list of participating WUE institutions, click here to visit WICHE's WUE website.
Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)
Through the WRGP, high-quality and distinctive graduate programs are offered to qualifying students in the western region at resident tuition rate. Students apply for admissions directly to the department of the institution they plan to enroll in and identify themselves as a WICHE WRGP applicant. For a list of participating WRGP programs available, click here to visit WICHE's WRGP website.
Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP)
PSEP enables qualified residents from WICHE participating states affordable access to enroll in selected out of state professional healthcare programs at participating WICHE institutions when such programs are not available at a public institution in their home state. Many Hawaii residents must attend professional schools out-of-state to obtain the necessary education and training needed for professional healthcare positions. Therefore, the State of Hawaii, through WICHE PSEP, helps subsidize the tuition costs for qualifying Hawaii residents to attend a participating WICHE PSEP program. In return, WICHE PSEP students are asked to return to work in the State after completing their program of study.
PSEP selected students pay reduced levels of tuition at the WICHE participating institution. The home state pays a negotiated “support fee” designed to cover a portion of the cost of the students' education; this fee is paid directly to the enrolling program’s institution. No payments are made directly to students. Students enrolled at public institutions generally pay resident tuition (except in the field of pharmacy, where the enrolling program may require the student to pay the balance of nonresident tuition minus the support fee). In all fields, students enrolled at private institutions pay the balance of the full private tuition minus the support fee. WICHE participating schools are asked to give some degree of admissions preference to WICHE certified applicants.
Support is available to a limited number of Hawai‘i residents studying in the professional healthcare fields listed below, and enrolling at participating WICHE PSEP schools:For Hawaii WICHE PSEP application materials, please click the "How to Apply" link.
Please note: The State of Hawaii now offers a fully accredited Pharmacy program through the University of Hawaii at Hilo, therefore will no longer provide PSEP support for new Pharmacy students, but will continue to support continuing Pharmacy PSEP students. For more information on UH Hilo's Pharmacy program, please visit their website.
Hawaii also receives support from participating WICHE states for WICHE PSEP students who enroll at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.