WRGP & PSEP
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
WICHE is an organization created to facilitate resource sharing among higher education institutions in the western region of the U.S. NAU participates in both the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) and the Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP).
Qualified out-of-state students may receive in-state tuition for six consecutive semesters for a Master's degree or three consecutive semesters for a graduate certificate, if the program criteria is met (listed below).
Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP)
Through the PSEP, funding is available for certain out-of-state students, in particular healthcare or health science fields, to earn their degree at the cost of in-state tuition.
As part of the Student Exchange Program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), PSEP helps place students in a wide range of graduate programs, all designed around the educational, social, and economic needs of the West.
The program is offered to you:
(1) IF you are a resident of Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, or Wyoming*
(2) AND you are an incoming applicant to the following NAU degree program:
NOTE: Admitted, certified WICHE applicants do not receive a guarantee of WICHE funds from their home state; it is dependent upon the funding capacity of the applicant's home state.
* Although California, Idaho, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are WICHE members, they do not support their residents through the Professional Student Exchange Program for OTD.
Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)
Through the WRGP, funding is available for certain out-of-state students to earn their degree at the cost of in-state tuition.
As part of the Student Exchange Program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), WRGP helps place students in a wide range of graduate programs, all designed around the educational, social, and economic needs of the West. To be included in WRGP, programs must meet criteria of distinctiveness and quality.
The program is offered to you:
(1) IF you are a resident of Alaska, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming;
(2) AND the program is not offered or is not pursued online;
(3) AND you are an incoming applicant to one of the following NAU degree programs:
- Applied Anthropology, M.A.
- Bilingual and Multicultural Education, M.Ed.* - ESL Emphasis only
- Business Administration, M.B.A
- Climate Science and Solutions, M.S.
- Communication, M.A. - Documentary Studies Emphasis only
- Counseling, Student Affairs, M.Ed.
- Criminology, Applied, M.S.
- Educational Leadership, M.Ed.* with emphases in Community College/Higher Education, Educational Foundations, School Leadership, and Principal K-12
- Educational Leadership, Ed.D., with specialization in Educational Administration (K-12) or Community College/Higher Education
- English: Rhetoric, Writing and Digital Media Studies, M.A.*
- Environmental Sciences and Policy, M.S.
- Forestry, M.F. (Master of Forestry)
- Geospatial Sciences, Applied, M.S.*
- Human Relations, M.Ed.*
- Mathematics Education, M.S.*
- Music, M.M. - Suzuki Violin/Viola Emphasis
- Science Teaching, M.A.S.T.*
- Sociology, Applied, M.A.
- Sustainable Communities, M.A.
- Teaching Science (with certification), M.A.T.-S
- Certificate in Assistive Technology*
- Certificate in Community Planning*
- Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders*, School-based
* WRGP funding is limited to on-campus deliveries of this program. Those pursing these programs as an online student will be charged a specific online tuition, established by NAU.
Frequently asked questions
How do you apply for WRGP or PSEP status?
You will be considered for WRGP status at the time of your application to a graduate program listed above. If you do not hear about your WRGP status within four weeks of applying, please complete the WRGP Application and return it to the Graduate College, as described in the application. Students applying for the PSEP can do so through the WICHE website. Only incoming students are eligible to apply for either status to one of the approved WRGP or PSEP programs.
If you transfer from a WRGP or PSEP program to a non-WRGP or PSEP program, your status as a WRGP or PSEP student will end, and you will be required to pay the tuition applicable to your new status.
WRGP or PSEP students must fulfill all the usual admission requirements of the Graduate College and program, and meet all admission deadlines. Students need not meet financial aid criteria.
Please note that students who are approved for the WRGP or PSEP status are still considered non-residents and are not eligible for in-state tuition waivers.
How do you establish residency for the program?
WRGP is open to all residents of the 15 participating states (listed above). PSEP is open to all residents of the 6 participating states (listed above).
Normally, students should be a resident of one of these states for at least one year before applying for admission as a WRGP or PSEP student. Arizona law requires you to submit proof of U.S. citizenship/legal residency status at the time of application in order to qualify for the WRGP or PSEP tuition rate.
What does a student do if billed at the wrong tuition rate?
Occasionally, a student is incorrectly billed for the full nonresident tuition. If this happens, please contact the Graduate College immediately.
Can a student attend part-time as a WRGP or PSEP student?
Part-time students (matriculated) are eligible to participate if they have been admitted to the program. Please note that your WRGP or PSEP status is time-limited, and the time limit will be noted in your official letter informing you of your WRGP or PSEP status.
Who can I contact for more information?
Contact the Graduate College for assistance with the WRGP or PSEP. For more information on WRGP or PSEP, visit Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).