Wiche Program

CNMI is now part of WICHE

Now that the CNMI is a part of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), CNMI residents are eligible to be considered for discounted tuition rates at more than 150 colleges and universities in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, and other western states.

WICHE's Student Exchange Program has the following initiatives:

For Undergraduate Students:

The WICHE Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) lets CNMI students study in 15 western states and pay just 150 percent of resident tuition (as opposed to higher nonresident rate) at more than 150 institutions (Note: receiving the WUE rate is not automatic, but all students in member states and territories like the CNMI (are eligible to be considered for it.)

The savings are quite considerable. For example, a CNMI resident who enrolls at the University of Las Vegas in Nevada (UNLV) had to pay a nonresident tuition of $19,040 in annual tuition. Through the WUE program, CNMI residents are now eligible for consideration to pay the WUE rate of $7,695, a savings of more than $11,000 per year!

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For Graduate Students:

For CNMI students pursuing their master's or doctorate degree, the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) allows residents of the CNMI to enroll in some 275 high-quality programs at 52 participating institutions in the WICHE states and pay resident tuition. The WICHE states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

The areas of graduate study include:

    Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies
    Biological and Biomedical Sciences
    Communication, Journalism, and Technology
    Computer and Information Sciences
    English Language
    Family and Consumer Sciences
    Foreign Languages, Literature, and Linguistics
    Health Professions and Related Clinical Science
    Audiology and Speech Language Pathology
    Public Health
    Natural Resources and Conservation
    Parks, Recreation, and Tourism; Leisure and Fitness Studies
    Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Physical Sciences
    Psychology and Mental Health
    Public Administration and Social Service Professions
    Security and Protective Services
    Social Sciences and Liberal Arts and Sciences
    Visual, Performing Arts, Art History

Contact Information

For more information about WICHE, please visit, or contact the CNMI office for WICHE at the Northern Marianas College.