WICHE & T.H. Bell Programs

WICHE Professional Student Exchange Program

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Professional Student Exchange Program enables students in 11 western states to enroll in selected out-of-state professional programs usually because those fields of study are not available at public institutions in their home states.

Students enrolled in the WICHE Professional Student Exchange Program receive preference in admission. They pay reduced levels of tuition: for most students, resident tuition in public institutions or reduced standard tuition at private schools. The home state pays a support fee to the admitting school to help cover the cost of students’ education. Fields supported by your state are listed below. State support and program participation affecting students are subject to change by legislative or administrative action. The number of students supported by each state is determined through state legislative appropriations.

Utah participates in the Optometry and Podiatry programs.
Completed forms are due October 15, 2019.

2019-20 Podiatry and Optometry Application


T.H. Bell Education Scholarship Program


The Terrel H. Bell Teaching Incentive Loan Program will transition to the Terrel H. Education Scholarship Program on July 1, 2019. Awards distributed prior to July 1, 2019 are forgivable loans and after July 1, 2019 are scholarships.

The new Terrel H. Bell Education Scholarship Program aims to recruit first-generation students into teaching, encourage outstanding students to work in high-need fields, and recognize teaching as a critically important career in Utah. The scholarship can be used at public or private higher education institutions in Utah that offer approved programs: Brigham Young University, Dixie State University, Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, Southern Utah University, University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Weber State University, Western Governors University, and Westminster College.

T.H. Bell Scholarships may be for up to the cost of resident tuition, fees, and books, and may be received for up to four consecutive years. Recipients must study in an approved teacher preparation program or in an approved program that prepares an individual to become a speech-language pathologist or another licensed professional providing services in a public school to students with disabilities.


Undergraduate and graduate students who meet required academic standards, are enrolled in at least six credits, intend to apply to and complete an approved program, and intend to work in a Utah public school are eligible to apply.

Scholarship priority: (1) first-generation students who intend to work in any teaching field or licensure area; second, (2) students who are not first-generation, but intend to work in a teaching field or licensure area where there is high need; (3) other students who meet the requirements of the scholarship.


Contact an eligible Utah higher education institution (see above) for more information on the application process and deadlines.

The program is subject to other requirements in accordance with Utah state law and State Board of Regents policy.