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.

For Fall 2021, incoming freshman students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree will qualify for the WUE scholarship based on unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher, or ACT of 22+, or SAT of 1100+. 

Transfer students with a collegiate GPA of 3.5+ will be eligible for the WUE Scholarship upon application. Transfer students have completed 12 or more credits in college-level courses after high school completion, or equivalent. 

Award amounts for Fall 2021/Spring 2022. Awarding begins after Dec. 1, 2020.

Accept your WUE scholarship here. We recommend accepting this scholarship by May 1, students can accept until their merit scholarship until June 30.

HS GPA or ACT or SAT Western Undergraduate Exchange
3.0+ 22+ 1100+ $17,078



HS GPA or ACT or SAT Western Undergraduate Exchange
3.0+  22+ 1100+ $17,078
2.75-2.99 <22 <1100  See Non-Resident Scholarship Opportunities

Students can send an unofficial or official high school transcript or test scores to qualify. 

Students from a western state with a GPA of 2.75-2.99 may be eligible for the Non-Resident UMAAS

Student’s academic major will not have any effect in the awarding process. 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

Students from western states, who do not qualify for the WUE, will be considered for the non-resident UMAAS award with a minimum GPA of 2.75, ACT of 20, or SAT of 1030.

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