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Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE)

The UNLV Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) scholarship may be offered to the UNLV entering freshmen class and eligible transfer students who reside in one of the following states or territories: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.

Awards are offered to the UNLV entering freshmen class and eligible transfer students. This scholarship is not guaranteed to all students who meet the criteria because of funding limitations. Priority consideration is provided if the eligibility requirements are met and you are admitted by the November 1st deadline until scholarship funds expire. This scholarship is not considered an entitlement program. Students are encouraged to apply for admission to UNLV as early as possible.

Award Value

Nonresident students are charged 150% of the in-state tuition rate. This is a tuition savings of several thousand dollars per year over the nonresident rate.

Minimum Freshmen Qualifications

Students must have a minimum weighted 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average within required core classes and must also have one of the following:

Additionally, students must:

  • 3.25 unweighted overall high school grade point average (California students must have an unweighted overall 3.5 grade point average), or
  • 24 ACT score, or
  • 1,160 SAT score combined critical reading and math
  • Enroll and complete at least 12 credit hours fall and spring semesters (credit requirement does not apply to the summer terms)
  • Live in a UNLV residence hall the freshmen year
  • Must be a student starting in the fall semester. Spring or summer admits are not eligible for this program.

Minimum Transfer Student Qualifications

  • Must not exceed 130 transfer credit hours
  • Must have a 3.0 cumulative transfer GPA
  • Must enroll and complete at least 12 credit hours fall and spring semesters (credit requirement does not apply to the summer terms)
  • Must be a transfer student starting fall semester. Spring or summer transfer students are not eligible for the program.

Application Procedure

There is no application. The Financial Aid & Scholarships Office will review high school transcripts, test scores, transfer credits and transfer GPA's from the Admission's Office for eligibility. Priority consideration is based upon a first come, first considered basis up through July 1 of the upcoming school year.

Renewal Criteria

  • Must have continuous full time (12 credit hours or more) enrollment at UNLV with the exception of summer term enrollment
  • Must maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade point average, including grades received during the summer term
  • Must pass and complete 12 credits per semester (credit requirement does not apply to the summer terms, although the GPA requirement does apply)
  • Must not exceed 130 credit hours of study as an undergraduate student

WUE Probation

Students who do not meet the renewal criteria for the fall or spring semesters will be placed on WUE probation. WUE probation is granted only one time.

WUE probation is a one semester grace period for a student to meet the scholarship criteria. If a student still has not achieved the minimum WUE scholarship standards, the scholarship is forfeited. There is no appeal process since WUE probation acts as a grace period to make up any academic deficiencies.

Graduating seniors who will be enrolling below full time (under 12 credits) during their final semester should submit the Scholarship Probation Appeal Form along with a printed copy of their UNLV degree audit report in order to avoid WUE probation status. The degree audit report can be obtained from your academic advisor or by going to MyUNLV -> Student Services Center -> My Academics -> View my Advisement Report -> Printer Friendly Page. Students submitting this appeal who do not complete their degree as stated will be placed on probation status or, if one semester probation has already been issued, will forfeit their WUE Scholarship for future semesters. This appeal must be received 7 calendar days prior to the start of the student's final semester.


Students offered the WUE scholarship should plan to enroll full-time at UNLV during the Fall semester that they are offered the award. Students not attending UNLV during the first fall semester will forfeit their scholarship.

Students whose residency status for tuition purposes is changed to Nevada (in-state) will lose their WUE scholarship eligibility. Only students who are considered Out-of-State for tuition purposes may be eligible.

Students receiving WUE awards must disenroll from the WUE program and pay full nonresident tuition for at least 12 months to be reclassified as Nevada residents. To disenroll from the WUE program, students must submit a signed, dated statement to the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office.  An application for reclassification of residency may be submitted if the material facts of a student's residency, or the parents' or legal guardian's residency, have substantially changed following matriculation. More information regarding the Residency Application process is available here.

Students who successfully petition UNLV Housing to live off campus will forfeit this scholarship.

WUE awards may be offered to students based on self-reported academic information from the Admissions application. If it is determined you have incorrectly self-reported data on your Admissions application and final academic transcripts indicate you would not have met the WUE academic standards, your WUE award will be cancelled based upon the inaccurate information you reported.


Tuition for WUE scholars is the regular in-state tuition plus 50 percent of that amount. The estimated savings for full-time enrollment is approximately $11,000 per year. This amount varies based on enrollment as a per credit tuition discount.


  • UNLV reserves the right to make changes to the WUE program at any time.
  • The current WUE policy is for students entering UNLV Fall 2013 and beyond.
  • Students awarded WUE prior to the 2013-2014 academic year should reference their WUE award letter as the scholarship requirements and renewal criteria you are expected to maintain may be different than what is posted on this site.
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