WICHE / WRGP Tuition Rate

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 Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is part of WICHE’s Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) which makes this program available at a more affordable cost to students living in the following 14 states. Applicants from any of these states, who are accepted into the MLA degree program and apply for the WRGP rate, 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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  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon
  • Utah

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  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Guam and Northern Mariana Islands
  • Nevada
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming


WRGP Rate Eligibility

Anyone interested in receiving the WRGP tuition rate for the MLA program must meet the following 2 eligibility requirements:

  1. 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 in order to qualify for the WRGP resident tuition rate.
  2. 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.

Application Process

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 after that time. WRGP applicants will be expected to fill out and submit the WRGP application by August 1 (located on the sidebar), and provide the following documentation:

  1. 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).
  2. Proof of income earned in resident state or resident student status for the same time frame.
  3. 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 apply to the tuition for all years of the degree program. Students will not need to “renew” or reapply for the WRGP rate each year.

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.


Please review the WRGP FAQs for additional details about the program. If you still have questions, please contact Vanessa Lee, Assistant to the Chair, at VNL2@uw.edu.