The state of Washington has been a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) since 1955. WICHE is a 15-state commission working to improve access to higher education for students in the western region.
The University of Washington’s Doctor of Audiology degree is part of WICHE’s Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) which makes this program available at a reasonable cost to students living in the following 14 states, as well as Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI). Applicants from any of these states who apply for the WRGP rate and are accepted into the Doctor of Audiology degree program, will be charged the UW’s resident tuition rate instead of the non-resident rate that out-of-state students would normally pay.
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WRGP Rate Eligibility
Anyone interested in receiving the WRGP tuition rate for the Doctor of Audiology program must meet the following 2 eligibility requirements:
- Residency - Only legal residents of one of the 14 eligible states listed above are eligible to apply for the WRGP resident/in-state tuition rate. Applicants must provide evidence of residency at the time of application in order to qualify for the WRGP resident tuition rate.
- Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) – Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to qualify for the WRGP resident rate. Please note that all financial aid decisions, including approval of the WRGP tuition rate, are based in part on academic merit and performance.
The selection committee gives preference to applications in the following order: WICHE state residents and then residents of other states. All applicants are notified of admissions decisions in the Spring. WRGP applicants who are extended an offer of admissions will also be notified about the WRGP application process at that time. WRGP applicants will be expected to provide the following documentation:
- Proof of legal residence in the WRGP state for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the beginning of the first academic term (Autumn quarter/September).
- Proof of income earned in resident state or resident student status for the same time frame.
- Proof of other legal ties to the WRGP State (Employment records, driver's license, vehicle registration, voter registration or active bank account).
Additional Tuition Rate Information
For anyone who accepts our offer of admission, the Department will coordinate directly with UW Student Fiscal Services to implement a WICHE tuition waiver granting the WRGP resident tuition rate. Each student, however, will be responsible for communicating directly with the Office of Financial Aid about their FAFSA application and any other aid.
The awarded WRGP resident rate will pertain to the state tuition component of Au.D. program during each of the first three years of the program. Students will not need to “renew” or reapply for the WRGP rate each year.
Since the 4th year of the program is completely self-sustaining, with a flat tuition rate regardless of residency status, the WRGP rate is not applicable during this year. Any out-of-state students granted the WRGP rate will pay the same fee-based rate as other students during the 4th and final year. r.
Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress
All students granted the WRGP tuition rate must maintain good academic standing in the department in order to continue to receive the resident tuition rate. Failure to maintain the minimum UW Graduate School and Department requirements for satisfactory scholarship and progress can result in a withdrawal of the WRGP resident tuition rate.