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WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange)

Western Region Scholarships

Students who are residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands may qualify for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship. The scholarship is reflected as a rate of tuition, not as a dollar amount. Students who receive a WUE scholarship pay 150% of in-state tuition instead of the out-of-state rate of tuition. The savings are over $10,000 annually.

WUE scholarship awards are made to new students as soon as the most recent GPA is reported to the admissions office. The final cumulative GPA is verified if the admissions file is completed no later than July 1. The student account will reflect the WUE rate of tuition for the following school year. If a student applies after July 1 or if a student's file is not completed by July 1, that student will be charged out-of-state tuition in the next school year. WUE scholarships are awarded and/or renewed annually based on residency and cumulative GPA and full time, on campus enrollment. WUE scholarships are awarded for up to 10 semesters.

New Freshman

New freshmen who are residents of a WUE state who have at least a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA will automatically be considered for this scholarship.

New Transfer

Students who have attended a college prior to enrolling at Montana Western must have a 2.7 cumulative college GPA in order to qualify for the WUE scholarship.

Returning Students

Returning students who receive the WUE scholarship must maintain residency in their home state and a 2.7 cumulative GPA (reviewed annually) to maintain their WUE scholarship status.


Scholarships are also a type of "gift aid," or monies a student receives based on academic achievement and other factors such as residency, affiliations and talent. Scholarships may include: Montana Western scholarship for academic achievement, athletic scholarship, Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) scholarship, Governor's Scholarship, and the State of Montana Honors Scholarship. Scholarships may also be available in your community.

  • Click here for information on new student scholarships.
  • Click here for information on returning student scholarships.
  • The full tuition Chancellor's Leadership Scholars' Award is a unique scholarship for Montana students. For more information, please contact UMW Admissions at or (877) 683-7331.
  • All new and returning students are encouraged to apply for scholarships using the University of Montana Western scholarship application. Applications must be received or postmarked by February 1.

Western Undergraduate Exchange

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