On Friday, October 13, 2017, High School Juniors and Seniors from all over Juneau went to Thunder Mountain High School to take a step in planning successful futures.
The college fair filled the gym with rows of tables staffed by people pitching advanced education options, from Duke University to the US Coast Guard Academy. Many students and parents are very concerned with the cost of options presented so there was much discussion of the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program, which allows students from some states to attend college in another western state and pay close to in-state tuition. That program is worth about $12,000 a year at the University of Idaho at Moscow. That school's Associate Director of Admissions, Wes Vaina, made the trek to Juneau.
Vaina says theyget a lot of great students from Alaska. The school is particularly recruiting in Alaskans right now because the college did not have the Western Undergraduate Exchange program for the last three years and now brought it back. Vaina says if Alaska high school graduates have a 3.2 grade point average they automatically qualify for the scholarship. He goes on to say they are trying to make sure Alaska students know the scholarship is back and that. Moscow feels like a home away from home for many Alaskans also having trees, the mountains, and the natural beauty.
An Alaska student, with the scholarship, can expect to pay about $20,000 a year to attend the University of Idaho at Moscow.