Non-Residents from Western (WUE) States Entering Student Scholarships

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. Awarding begins November 15. The WUE Scholarship amount represents 150 percent of Montana resident tuition and fees rather than the full nonresident tuition and fees.

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)

*If awarded the WUE Scholarship, you are not eligible to receive the Leadership, Service and Achievement Scholarship (LAS). If you are not a resident of: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, ND, NM, NV, OR, SD, UT, WA or WY or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, please visit our Non-Residents Non-Western (WUE) States Entering Student Scholarships page.


For Fall 2016, you may qualify for a yearly scholarship, renewable for 4 years if you meet the following criteria:
Test Score SAT 1860-2400 or ACT 28-36 SAT 1700-1850 or ACT 25-27 SAT 1540-1690 or ACT 22-24 SAT below 1540 or ACT below 22
Unweighted Cumulative High School GPA
3.75-4.00 WUE WUE $10,000 $7,500
3.50-3.74 WUE $10,000 $7,500 $6,000
3.00-3.49 $10,000 $7,500 $6,000 $5,000
2.5-2.99 $7,500 $6,000 $5,000 $4,000


For Fall 2016, you may qualify for:

  • WUE scholarship with a 3.50 or higher Transfer Cumulative GPA
  • $7,500 renewable scholarship with a 3.00 - 3.49 Transfer Cumulative GPA
  • $5,000 renewable scholarship with a 2.50 - 2.99 Transfer Cumulative GPA
The number of years for which the scholarship is renewable is based on the number of transfer credits accepted by UM.
  • 0-29 credits - 4 years
  • 30-59 credits - 3 years
  • 60+ credits - 2 years

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