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Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 10:12 am, Wed Jan 2, 2013.

Things to think about: Did you know it may be less expensive to attend an out-of-state school than one in California? How? WUE!

The Western Undergraduate Exchange Program allows eligible applicants to attend participating universities at a greatly reduced rate. Compare the rising cost of attending a California college with the WUE program and lower costs in other states, and you could save a lot of money on your education.

Find details online at: www.wiche.edu/wue. Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150 percent of resident tuition at participating twoand four-year college programs outside of their home state.

The WUE reduced tuition rate is not automatically awarded to all eligible candidates. Many institutions limit the number of new WUE awards each academic year, so apply early! Each campus has specific GPA, major and course requirements. Check the website of participating schools for details.

WICHE states include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Looking ahead

To begin exploring financial aid options and get an early start on the financial aid process, head to FAFSA4caster!

By using FAFSA4caster, families will receive an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid. This website provides users with an opportunity to increase their knowledge of the financial aid process, become familiar with the various types of federal student aid that are available, and investigate other sources of aid, such as grants and scholarships. www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov

Upcoming deadlines

Jan. 11: Strive2Free Art Contest — Ninth- through 12th-grade students in our region are invited to participate in an art competition to promote youth awareness of human trafficking. Three scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 will be awarded in each of two categories: T-shirt and slogan design, and two-dimensional art. Details and application are online at www.strive2free.org/art-contest.

Jan. 15: Washington Crossing Foundation awards national scholarships of $500 to $5,000 to high school seniors. If you are a history buff, enjoy politics and can see government or military service in your future, be sure to apply! www.gwcf.org/SchlProgram.html

Jan. 15: Dell Scholars Program awards 300 $20,000 scholarships to high school seniors who will enroll in a four-year college for fall 2013. Criteria include: 2.4 minimum GPA; demonstrated financial need; enrollment in AVID for two of the last three years; and U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. Apply online at www.dellscholars.org/public/ProgramOverview.aspx. Check eligibility criteria on their website. A Lodi High student won this scholarship in 2009.

Jan. 15 postmark deadline: CAC Educational Scholarship Foundation will award three scholarships from $1,500 to $2,500 to high school seniors based on an essay on "Importance of Establishing and Maintaining Good Financial Credit During Your College Years." Details are online at www.cacesf.org.

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