WICHE Process


Newly admitted students from the following states and approved programs may qualify:

Qualifying States

  • WICHE’s member states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

Approved Programs

  • Agriculture – Integrated Resource Management, MAgr (College of Agricultural Sciences)
  • Animal Reproduction & Biotechnology, MS & PhD (Department of Biomedical Sciences)
  • Construction Management, MS (Department of Construction Management)
  • Education & Human Resource Studies, PhD (School of Education)
  • Environmental Health with an emphasis in epidemiology, ergonomics, occupational health, industrial hygiene and environmental toxicology, MS & PhD (Department of Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences)
  • Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise,  GSSE MBA (College of Business)
  • Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting, MGMA (Warner College of Natural Resources
  • Political Science with an emphasis in Environmental Politics and Policy, PhD (Department of Political Science)
  • Public Communication and Technology, MS & PhD (Department of Journalism & Technical Communication)
  • Radiological Health Sciences with an emphasis in cancer biology, cellular and molecular radiobiology, radiation oncology, radiation protection, health physics, radio chemistry, radioecology and veterinary radiology, MS & PhD (Department of Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences)
  • Social Work, Rural & Changing Communities, MSW and PhD (School of Social Work)

Online Application

Students from qualifying states who are applying to approved WICHE programs will be presented with a “checklist item” for the Western Regional Graduate Program Application – Tuition Reduction (WICHE) option during the CSU Graduate School application process. Once a student is officially admitted to a graduate school program, the Residency Office will process the WICHE application and contact the student.


  • If a student’s enrollment drops, he/she cannot return as a WICHE student.
  • A student CANNOT apply for residency in Colorado while in his/her WICHE status.
  • WICHE may only be requested for newly admitted students for the beginning of the upcoming term.
  • CSU on-line credits must be paid for at the CSU on-line tuition rate.  WICHE tuition does not apply to these credits.


  • Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) FAQs

Appling for WICHE/WGRP Status

Program directors planning to apply for WICHE/WGRP status need to submit a response to the following questions when they are ready to request University approval of their application.  Please submit the application and the responses to the dean of the Graduate School. The dean will then provide a letter of support from the institution and ensure that the WGRP students will pay only resident tuition if your application is approved by WICHE/WGRP.

  • What is your rationale for the request?  For example,
    • Are you trying to grow the program and having trouble with normal pipelines?
    • Do you want to increase diversity in some way and think that this program would provide such an opportunity?
    • Other?
  • For at least the last three years,  how many students per year would have been eligible for WGRP status?
  • Does the program currently charge students differential tuition?  If so, what is the charge?
    • Does it appear that with non-resident tuition and differential tuition charges that the cost of your program has become too expensive for non-resident students?