WICHE Program

What is WICHE and what states qualify for WRGP?

UHM participates in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), a Student Access Program administered by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE). The program enables legal residents of WICHE member states to enroll in selected out-of-state graduate programs at a reduced tuition of 150 percent of the institution’s regular resident tuition*.

Below is a list of WICHE member states.

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)
  • Guam
  • Hawai‘i
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

Do all University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa graduate programs qualify for WRGP?

Most, but not all of our graduate programs qualify for WRGP. A comprehensive list of the active WRGP graduate programs are listed below.

WRGP Fall 2020-Summer 2021 Admissions
WRGP Fall 2019-Spring 2020 Admissions

What are the eligibility requirements for this tuition benefit?

  1. You must apply for admissions consideration to one of the participating WRGP graduate programs at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (list of programs is mentioned above).
  2. You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from your Bachelor’s degree institution if applying after Spring 2020. For those applying for Fall 2019 or Spring 2020, a 3.5 GPA eligibility criterion is in effect.*
  3. You must be a legal resident of one of the participating WICHE approved states (list of states is mentioned above). This is determined from the residency declaration that you fill out at the time of admissions application.
  4. The WRGP tuition benefit must be awarded at the time of admissions and will be noted on your official letter of admissions issued by the Graduate Division Student Services Office. It cannot be converted once the first day of your first semester starts as a new graduate student at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

*WRGP participants who are admitted prior to Fall 2020 will retain their resident tuition rates for the duration of the graduate program to which they were originally admitted, but must meet the 3.5 GPA eligibility criterion.