Resident tuition programs
Your current State residency may qualify you for resident tuition rates at NAU.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
WICHE is an organization created to facilitate resource sharing among higher education institutions in the western region of the U.S. NAU participates in both the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) and the Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP). Qualified out-of-state students may receive in-state tuition for 10 consecutive semesters for a Doctoral degree, 6 consecutive semesters for a Master’s degree, or 3 consecutive semesters for a graduate certificate, if the program criteria are met.
Discount tuition rate programs at the NAU Graduate College
Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) Accordion Closed
Through the WRGP, graduate school in-state tuition funding is available for out-of-state students who meet the criteria below for the appropriate resident state and degree program. WRGP funding is not available for Online campus students.
The program is offered for:
(1) Students who are residents of Alaska, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming;
(2) and, if the program is not pursued online;
(3) and, if pursuing concurrent programs, both are approved WRGP/WICHE programs;
(4) and, new applicants applying for admission into one of the following NAU degree programs:
|Applied Criminology, MS|
|Applied Geospatial Sciences, MS|
|Applied Sociology, MA|
|Assistive Technology, Graduate Certificate|
|Athletic Training, MS|
|Autism Spectrum Disorders, Graduate Certificate|
|Business Administration, MBA|
|Climate Science and Solutions, MS|
|Combined Counseling/School Psychology, PHD|
|Communication: Documentary Studies Emphasis, MA|
|Community Planning, Graduate Certificate|
|Counseling- Student Affairs, MEd|
|Educational Foundations, MEd|
|Educational Leadership, EDD|
|Educational Leadership, MEd (Online Excluded)|
|English: Rhetoric, Writing and Digital Media Studies, MA|
|English: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), MA|
|Environmental Sciences and Policy, MS|
|ESL and Bilingual Education, MEd|
|Global Business Administration, GMBA|
|Human Relations, MEd|
|Mechanical Engineering, MEng|
|Mechanical Engineering, MS|
|Music, MM Suzuki Pedagogy (Violin) Emphasis|
|Organizational Leadership, MOL|
|Political Science, MA|
|Public Administration, MPA|
|Public Health, MPH|
|Science Teaching, MA|
|Sustainable Communities, MA|
|Teaching Science with Certification, MAT|
Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) Accordion Closed
Through the PSEP, funding is available for certain out-of-state students, in particular healthcare or health science fields, to earn their degree at the cost of in-state tuition. As part of the Student Exchange Program of WICHE, PSEP helps place students in a wide range of graduate programs, all designed around the educational, social, and economic needs of the West.
The program is offered:
(1) If the student is a resident of Alaska, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, or Wyoming*
(2) and an incoming applicant to the following NAU graduate degree program:
NOTE: Admitted, certified WICHE applicants do not receive a guarantee of WICHE funds from their home state; it is dependent upon the funding capacity of the applicant’s home state.
* Although California, Colorado, Guam, Idaho, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, and Washington, are WICHE members, they do not support their residents through the Professional Student Exchange Program for OTD.
Applying for WRGP or PSEP Accordion Closed
If students meet the criteria for WRGP status, they may complete the WRGP application included within the NAU Graduate College admissions application or by submitting the WRGP Application to GradWRGP@nau.edu. Students interested in the PSEP program may apply by visiting the PSEP website. Incoming full-time and part-time students are eligible to apply to WRGP and PSEP.
- Transferring from a program that carries WRGP or PSEP status to one that does not carry this designation will end a student’s WRGP/PSEP resident status, and the student will be responsible for non-resident tuition.
- Students who are approved for the WRGP or PSEP status are officially classified as non-residents and are not eligible for in-state tuition waivers.
- Students should be a resident of one of the eligible States for at least one year before applying for admission as a WRGP or PSEP student. Arizona law requires you to submit proof of U.S. citizenship/legal residency status at the time of application in order to qualify for the WRGP or PSEP tuition rate.