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Western students saved $417+ million through WICHE tuition-savings programs in 2018-19

500 North Dakotans saved $2.7 million; N.D. WUE schools filled 2,029 seats with out-of-state students


BOULDER—America’s largest interstate higher education tuition-savings programs set records in 2018-19 for students enrolled and dollars saved. More than $417.7 million was saved by 42,579 students on three programs managed by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) across its 16 member states and territories, the agency announced today.

The most popular of WICHE’s three Student Access Programs, the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), saw 40,487 students save $380.5 million this year on nonresident tuition at public associate’s or bachelor’s degree programs in the Western U.S. Through WUE, students enroll in one of 162 participating colleges or universities outside their home state and pay no more than 150 percent of that institution’s resident rate. Since nonresident tuition can cost 300 percent (or more) of resident rates, the WUE discount saves students more than $9,300 a year on average.

WICHE’s two other tuition-discount programs also served nearly 2,100 students in 2018-19. The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) enabled 1,478 students to pay resident tuition at out-of-state graduate programs. The Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP)—in which Western states subsidize tuition for residents pursuing veterinary medicine, optometry, dentistry, and several other high-need health degrees in other states—helped 614 students affordably pursue those degrees and (as 67 percent of students do) return home to fill provider gaps.

In North Dakota specifically, 500 N.D. residents saved $2.7 million on out-of-state tuition through these programs; a summary of Student Access Program 2018-19 data related to North Dakota is attached to this release. “WICHE’s tuition-savings programs broaden the affordable higher education options for our residents—helping them graduate with less debt and ultimately strengthening our workforce,” said N.D. State Sen. Ray Holmberg, chair of the WICHE commission. “These programs also help our colleges and universities draw students from other Western states, which fills revenue-producing seats, diversifies their campuses and bolsters bottom lines for institutions and communities.”

These interstate tuition-savings programs are a key way WICHE serves Western states, students and institutions. WICHE was established by states and approved by Congress in 1953 to facilitate partnerships and resource-sharing between Western states, many of which lacked the breadth of higher education programs available in more densely populated states, yet had a need to affordably educate residents to meet diverse workforce needs.

The Western population has quadrupled since WICHE’s founding, but many states still lack programs in key fields. Meanwhile, student debt, mobility, and tuition costs keep increasing. Such factors have led to 20 percent growth in Student Access Program enrollment and 42 percent growth in Student Access Program tuition savings these past five years.

A comprehensive Student Access Programs: By the Numbers report, with detailed data and state-by-state dashboards of student and institutional participation, is now available at

[Originally published by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).]

Media Coverage Summary – Jan. 11

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Jan. 11


Bismarck State College
BSC Alumni Association and OLLI@BSC offer Vietnam trip info sessions on Jan. 17 and 18
BSC recognizes Fall 2018 graduates
BSC announces President’s Honor Roll for Fall 2018

Dakota College at Bottineau
Looking Forward

Dickinson State University
Hawk’s Perch – December 2018
School of Business & Entrepreneurship at DSU earns highest level of reaccreditation
Fall 2018 President’s List
Fall 2018 Dean’s List

Lake Region State College
New study shows University System economic impact

Mayville State University

Minot State University
MSU Life Committee kicks off spring semester with variety of events
NASA’s Pinnick to speak at Minot State
Minot State Development Foundation receives Edson & Margaret Larson Foundation grant to support Veterans Entrepreneurship Training Program

North Dakota State College of Science
Daily News: NDSCS prepares for semester, Legislative Assembly
“Give Kids a Smile” event returns to NDSCS

North Dakota State University
North Dakota State football wins record seventh FCS championship over Eastern Washington
The McFeely Mess: NDSU’s Thomas Ambrosio on whether 2019 parallels 1914
NDSU School of Nursing named 78th best in the country
NDSU corn silage meeting set for Jan. 31
2019 NDSU Soybean Production Meetings set
Inspiring Teacher: Elizabeth Hilliard, associate professor and dietetics program coordinator
Football student-athlete wins NCAA Elite 90 Award
NDSU student receives study abroad scholarship
New Precision Ag Major Offered at NDSU
NDSU offers updated crop compare program
19th Annual MonDak Pulse Day Scheduled for Feb. 7th in Williston
Cattle carefully choreographed to spell out NDSU
NDSU’s Gold Star Band keeping Marlin in Frisco thoughts
NDSU fans give bison football players send-off to Frisco
NDSU plant sciences faculty amaze 6th graders with experiments

University of North Dakota
UAS first in North Dakota
Couple posthumously gifts $1M for Harold Hamm School of Geology & Geological Engineering
Embrace change and adapt
Weather wizards in the making
Big day for ‘Big Data’

Valley City State University
VCSU alumna starts scholarship endowment for softball and volleyball

Williston State College
3rd Annual WSC Arizona Gathering Scheduled

North Dakota University System
New study estimates NDUS economic impact at $5.3 billion for Fiscal Year 2017

New study estimates NDUS economic impact at $5.3 billion for Fiscal Year 2017

The economic impact of the North Dakota University System (NDUS) and its students on the state has risen to an estimated $5.3 billion for Fiscal Year 2017, according to a recent report by North Dakota State University’s Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics. The economic impacts include both direct and secondary expenditures.

“As the report illustrates, higher education is vital to North Dakota’s economy,” said NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott. “Higher education invests in knowledge and promoting the overall growth of knowledge for young people and adult learners. Higher education directly influences these learners as well as the workplaces that hire these workers. We work toward the betterment of the entire state.”

Titled Economic Impact of the North Dakota University System, the FY 2017 report is similar to studies conducted in reports ranging back to Fiscal Year 1999. Report authors Dean A. Bangsund, research scientist, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economic; and Nancy Hodur, director, Center for Social Research at North Dakota State University, use the North Dakota Input-Output Model to estimate economic impact. At the end of the report is an abbreviated economic impact analysis for each of the 11 campuses in the state and the NDUS office.

“Essentially, the state’s 11 University System colleges, universities, and supporting centers and facilities act as centers for local and regional economic development,” the authors concluded. “They help provide the state with an educated workforce ready to meet the challenges of an ever- changing work environment. They provide outreach and continuing education programs for the state’s residents and businesses. In addition to providing education, the state’s universities and colleges create and support jobs and employment opportunities through research, extension, and teaching activities. All these important services and products provide economic benefits, which enhance local and state economies.”

Key measures of the economic impact of the North Dakota University System in FY 2017 include:

  • Direct economic impacts (expenditures) by the NDUS have grown from $533 million in FY1999 to $1.4 billion in FY2017, an increase of 163 percent
  • Direct economic impacts have increased by $421 million from FY2009 to FY2017 (43 percent), and decreased by $210 million from FY2015 to FY2017 (13 percent)
  • Non-general fund revenues are an important source of funding for the NDUS, providing about 70 percent of the total until recently, when the ratio dropped to 66 percent in FY2015 and 67 percent in FY2017
  • Total NDUS economic impacts (direct and secondary) were $1.6 billion in FY1999, $2.9 billion in FY2009, and $4.1 billion in FY2017
  • Direct expenditures created total business activity of $4.1 billion including $1 billion in retail trade activity, and $1.6 billion in economy-wide personal income
  • University system in-state expenditures and subsequent secondary business activity was estimated to generate $132 million in state tax collections.  Of that total, $83 million would be from sales and use taxes and about $38 million were for individual and corporate income taxes.
  • Direct employment by the NDUS was 10,741 FTE jobs on FY2017
  • Enrollment at the NDUS’s 11 colleges and universities was 37,397 FTE students for Fall Semester 2017
  • NDUS student living expenses were estimated to be $455 million for FY2017
  • Economic impact of student living expenses resulted in $1.1 billion in total business activity, highlighted by $511 million in additional retail trade activity and $275 million in economy-wide personal income
  • Combined NDUS and student spending was nearly $1.9 billion in FY2017, creating a total economic impact of $5.3 billion