WICHE/WRGP Tuition Rate

The state of Washington has been a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) since 1955. WICHE is a 15-state commission working to improve access to higher education for students in the western region.

The University of Washington’s M.Arch is part of WICHE’s Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) which makes this program available at a more affordable cost to students living in the following 14 states and 2 US territories. Residents from any of these states who are accepted into the M.Arch degree program are eligible to be selected for the WRGP rate – UW’s resident tuition rate instead of the non-resident rate that out-of- state students would normally pay.

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Guam and Northern Mariana Islands
  • Nevada
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming

WRGP Rate Eligibility

WRGP selection is competitive based on merit, evaluation in the candidate pool and financial need.  Applicants selected for the WRGP tuition rate for the M.Arch program must meet the following 2 eligibility requirements:

  1. Residency – Only legal residents of one of the 14 eligible states and 2 US territories listed above are eligible to apply for the WRGP resident/in-state tuition rate. Applicants must provide evidence of residency (see below for acceptable documents)..
  2. Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) – Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to qualify for the WRGP resident rate. Please note that all financial aid decisions, including approval of the WRGP tuition rate, are based in part on academic merit and performance.

Application Process

Applicants who are extended an offer of admission and are selected to participate in the WRGP will be notified with their offer letter. WRGP candidates who accept their offer of admission will be required to submit the following documentation no later than August 1 to the department:

1. Proof of legal residence in a WRGP state for at least 9 consecutive months prior to the beginning of the first academic term of WRGP acceptance.

2. Proof of a permanent address in the WRGP state for the same time frame.

3. Payment of state income tax on wages earn in the WRGP state.

Proof of eligibility can be demonstrated by submitting three of the following items:

  • Vehicle registration
  • Driver’s license
  • W2
  • State income tax return
  • Utility bill dated nine months ago

    To protect your privacy, please black out your social security number, birthdate, and driver’s license number on the documents you send to us.

Undocumented students may be eligible for WRGP tuition and should discuss their circumstances with their program’s academic adviser: MARCHUW@uw.edu

Students are selected for the WRGP based on residency status, academic merit, overall rank in the M.Arch candidate pool and financial need. The number of students accepted into the WRGP varies year to year, however, the department is committed to accepting the greatest number of students possible.

Additional Tuition Rate Information

For anyone who accepts an offer of admission into the M.Arch program and is selected for participation in the WRGP, the Department will coordinate directly with UW Student Fiscal Services to implement a WICHE tuition waiver granting the WRGP resident tuition rate. Each student, however, will be responsible for communicating directly with the Office of Financial Aid about their FAFSA application and any other aid.

The awarded WRGP resident rate will apply to the tuition for all years of the degree program. Students will not need to “renew” or reapply for the WRGP rate each year.

Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students granted the WRGP tuition rate must maintain good academic standing in the department in order to continue to receive the resident tuition rate. Failure to maintain the minimum UW Graduate School and Department requirements for satisfactory scholarship and progress can result in a withdrawal of the WRGP resident tuition rate.

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact Claudine Manio, Graduate Program Advisor, at claudine@uw.edu.