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What is WUE?

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

Imagine the possibility of studying in beautiful Southern California and only paying a fraction of our out-of-state tuition! California State University San Marcos is excited to be part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE, pronounced "woo-wee") program. CSUSM offers students the opportunity to further their education and broaden their horizons beyond the boundaries of their home state. The WUE scholarship offers non-resident students from WICHE states the opportunity to qualify for a reduced tuition scholarship which saves you *approximately $8,424 in tuition fees a year! Students who qualify may enroll at 150 percent of resident tuition. California residents are not eligible to apply for the WUE scholarship.

WUE States Map

Who Can Apply for the WUE Scholarship?

First-time freshmen who are applying to a WUE-approved major, and are residents of one of the following states will be considered for the reduced tuition scholarship: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.

What are the WUE Eligible Majors?

WUE Eligible Majors
Program Name Degree Type
American Indian Studies BA
Anthropology BA
Applied Physics BS
Art, Media, and Design BA
Biochemistry BS
Biotechnology BS
Chemistry BS
Child and Adolescent Development BA
Communication BA
Computer Science BS
Criminology and Justice Studies BA
Economics BA
Environmental Studies BA
Ethnic Studies BA
Geography BA
Global Studies BA
History BA
Human Development BA
Liberal Studies BA
Linguistics BA
Literature and Writing BA
Mathematics BS
Media Studies BA
Music BA
Political Science BA
Psychological Sciences BA
Social Sciences BA
Sociology BA
Spanish BA
Theatre BA
Undeclared N/A
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies BA

*Estimate costs and savings based on 2022-23 academic cost of attendance.  See current WUE Cost of Attendance for updated costs and savings.

Tuition fees are based on 15 units per term. All CSU fees listed are estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the CSU Board of Trustees.

Read more Frequently Asked Questions about the WUE scholarship.