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University of Colorado Denver


Pretty close, anyway

Out of state students from Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education states can attend CU Denver at a discounted rate through the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program—saving you over $6,000 every year*.  That’s almost like getting free money!

What’s better—receiving the WUE tuition benefit is EASY!  Eligible students simply opt-in to the program on the application for admission.  As long as you maintain a 2.0 GPA and are enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester, you get the WUE discount.  And don’t worry—opting in to WUE on your application for admission does not commit you to enrolling at CU Denver.

Learn more about WUE at CU Denver by clicking through the frequently asked questions below, then APPLY FOR ADMISSION.

For additional questions about WUE, contact the Admissions Office at 303-315-2601, or email

*Savings based on enrollment in 15 credit hours per semester, compared to the nonresident tuition rate.


 Frquently Asked Questions


 What is the WUE Tuition rate?

WUE tuition is 150% of the Colorado resident rate without application of the Colorado Opportunity Fund.​​​3

 What programs are eligible for WUE?

All undergraduate majors at CU Denver are eligible for the WUE tuition rate. You may choose from a wide range of programs in architecture & planning, arts & media, business, education, engineering, liberal arts and sciences, and public affairs. WUE is available only for on-campus programs; online students living in their home states are not eligible. Undergraduate degrees offered by CU Anschutz Medical Campus are not eligible.​​​4

 If I am eligible for WUE, am I assured admission to CU Denver?

No. You must meet the admission standards of your intended program of study at CU Denver, which is a selective admission institution.​​​5

 Am I eligible for WUE if I completed a bachelor’s degree already?

No. Regardless of your educational objectives, WUE is only available to students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree in the United States or from a comparable foreign institution.​​​​​6

 How do I receive the WUE tuition benefit?

You can indicate your interest in the WUE program and confirm your eligibility on the application for admission.​7

 Can I receive WUE and later become a Colorado resident for tuition purposes?

Maybe. There are limited circumstances under which a student receiving WUE may, at some later date, become eligible for in-state tuition.​​​​​​​​​​​​​8

 What are the conditions for retaining the WUE tuition benefit?

To continue receiving the WUE tuition benefit, you must enroll as a full-time student each fall and spring semester, completing at least 12 semester credit hours. Enrollment in summer is optional, but to receive WUE you must enroll full-time. You must remain in good academic standing, achieving at least a 2.0 GPA each semester.  Duration of the WUE tuition benefit is four years or completion of your bachelor’s degree.​9

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