Out-of-State Students

Western Michigan University offers services and scholarships to assist out-of-state students with the transition from their home state to WMU. We offer various scholarships specifically geared toward out-of-state students as well as an opportunity to apply for in-state residency after your first year at WMU. If you have additional questions about the links below, contact the Office of Admissions at (269) 387-2000.

In-state residency information and application

The residency policy at WMU allows students from out-of-state to become eligible for Michigan residency after 12 consecutive months of living in Michigan. Students may apply for in-state resident status by completing a residency application. Explore our residency policy and application for more information regarding obtaining in-state residency. For questions, contact wmu-residency@wmich.edu or call (269) 387-2366.

Out-of-state student scholarships

Western Michigan University offers various out-of-state merit-based scholarships to both first-year students and transfer students. We invite you to explore these scholarship opportunities listed below.

Legacy Scholarship Program

The Legacy Scholarship Program was established by the WMU Alumni Association in 1990 to recognize the loyalty of multi-generational Bronco families. Applicants must be:

  • The child, stepchild, grandchild, step-grandchild, sibling or spouse of a WMU alumna or alumnus
  • Admitted to WMU as a regular undergraduate, degree-seeking student
  • Entering WMU for the first time, as a first-year (freshman) or transfer student

For more information, visit the Legacy Scholarship Program website.

Midwest Student Exchange Program

Out-of-state students from Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin who are majoring in the College of Aviation are able to attend WMU at a reduced tuition rate. Visit the Midwest Student Exchange Program page for more information.

Washington D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant

For residents of the District of Columbia only.

Western Michigan University participates in the Washington DC Tuition Assistance Grant Program. DC TAG provides up to $10,000 toward the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at WMU. Visit the DC TAG page for more information about this program.

Find your admissions representative

There are a number of WMU admissions representatives who work with out-of-state students. You may contact your specific state’s representative if you have any questions about the admissions process, your transition to WMU, or if you need any other information.

American honors

Western Michigan University is a member of American Honors, one of the most prestigious community college honors programs in the country. Students attending one of a select group of community colleges will complete two years of course work, and then transfer to a participating four-year institution. Visit the WMU American Honors page for more information on this prestigious program.

Out-of-state military

Western Michigan University will grant in-state tuition to all veterans and their dependents as well as provide numerous veterans’ support services. In order to take advantage of this program, applicants must indicate past military experience within the admissions application and submit verification of military status to be granted in-state tuition rates. More information can be found by visiting the Veteran’s Services website through the Registrar’s Office


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Situated halfway between Detroit and Chicago, Kalamazoo has a full-service transportation center including Amtrak, Greyhound, Indian Trails and the city’s Metro Transit public bus system transfer hub. All Metro Transit buses are free to WMU students with their Bronco Student ID. Located only four miles from downtown Kalamazoo is the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport.