Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship is a highly competitive, academic, merit-based scholarship. The scholarship committee will automatically evaluate students from WUE States for the WUE Scholarship based on the application for admission. Academic success is the primary factor in awarding of the WUE Scholarship.

The awarding of WUE will be determined based on the academic information provided on the application for undergraduate admission only. Student’s academic major will not have any effect in the awarding process. The WUE Scholarship amount represents 150 percent of Montana resident tuition and fees rather than the full nonresident tuition and fees. If awarded the WUE Scholarship, you are not eligible to receive other non-resident entering student scholarships.

Eligible applicants must be a first time incoming student (new freshmen or transfer), seeking an undergraduate degree on the Mountain Campus of the University of Montana and be a resident of one of the following qualifying WUE states: WUE Map

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

For Autumn 2020, incoming freshman students pursing a first bachelor’s degree qualified for the WUE scholarship with a combination of their unweighted cumulative G.P.A. and ACT/SAT scores. In the Spring of 2020 the Montana Board of Regents removed the ACT/SAT test requirement due to test site closers due to COVID-19. With the removal of the need for an ACT or SAT test – applicants who applied after this point were/will be considered for the WUE based on unweighted G.P.A. alone. Students with unweighted G.P.A. of a 3.0 will be awarded the scholarships.

For Autumn 2020, incoming transfer students pursuing a first bachelor’s degree will qualify for the WUE scholarship with a cumulative transfer G.P.A. of 3.5.

Students from western states, who do not qualify for the WUE, will be considered for the LAS award.

Additional Information

For additional details on our scholarships, please visit the Financial Aid Non-Resident Scholarships website.


The University of Montana is committed to providing a fair and consistent scholarship process that offers students the opportunity to appeal for scholarship reconsideration. As a rule, UM scholarships are awarded based on academic merit, as measured by a combination of high school GPA, test (ACT, SAT) scores, or transfer GPA. The Scholarship Committee seldom deviates from the published awarding criteria. However, we recognize there are occasionally circumstances where a review is warranted, such as new test scores, a revised GPA, or unforeseen life events that may have impacted a student's performance. Elevating a student's scholarship to the next level for the purpose of accommodating "unforeseen life events" only occurs in rare cases, and only when the student's original GPA or test scores fall just immediately below the stated requirement. Reconsideration for improved GPA and/or new test scores will automatically qualify a student for a new scholarship, upon the University being notified of the student's improved status.

New Student Scholarship Reconsideration Form