Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Through WUE, students in western states may enroll at UH Hilo at a reduced tuition of 150 percent of the institution's regular resident tuition. WUE tuition is considerably less than nonresident tuition.

Terms & Conditions

  • WUE is awarded only once at the time of admission and will remain in effect for the duration of their academic career at UH Hilo.
  • Non-WUE students who enroll as non-residents will not qualify for WUE status in later terms.
  • Hawaiʻi residency can not be established under the WUE program. Students changing their residency will be reclassified to non-resident.
  • Students are only able to apply for Hawaiʻi residency 12 months after cessation of WUE. Further information on residency regulations can be found on the Residency Regulations page.


  • Must be a resident of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Washington state, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or Guam.
  • Family domicile (home) must be maintained as permanent address throughout the duration of participation in the WUE program.
  • Freshmen applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative grade-point-average over four years in high school. (Home school students, or students with written evaluations, must have a minimum 1270 combined SAT [EBRW/Math] or 27 composite ACT in lieu of the minimum GPA).
  • Transfer applicants must have a 2.8 cumulative grade-point-average with a minimum 24 college transferable credits in order to qualify. GPA’s will be calculated using all colleges previously attended.


  • Nursing majors do not qualify for the WUE program. Exploratory Health Sciences students do qualify but will relinquish WUE status once admitted into the BSN cohort.
  • Only undergraduate students, and those who have not already earned a baccalaureate degree, qualify. The only exception is UH Hilo WUE students continuing through the teaching credential program.

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