Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education ( WICHE)

Applied Research Facility, Room 314
University of Nevada, Reno
(775) 784-4900

The State of Nevada contributes over $1 million each year in support funds to Nevadans under the WICHE program. Currently, Nevada provides loans/grants through multiple financial aid programs to scholars in the fields of dentistry, mental health, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and veterinary medicine. In return for financial assistance, students must work in Nevada upon completion of their education for a designated number of years.

The recipient selection process is competitive and based upon ranking by the institution and/or personal interview. The primary requirement is that the applicant must be a Nevada resident for at least one year prior to the date of application.

To receive consideration for funds, applications must be received by October 15th of the year preceding the student's planned enrollment in professional school for out-of-state schools, or October 15th of the current entering year for in-state schools. Applicants who miss the deadline are placed on alternate status.

In addition, Nevada students can participate in a tuition reduction program at the undergraduate level. Under WICHE's Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE), Nevada residents can attend participating colleges and universities in 13 western states. The tuition cost for Nevada residents is just 50 percent more than the tuition fees charged in-state residents. There are limitations and restrictions. Call the WICHE office for program details.

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