UND to host Aerospace Community Day

Members of the public will get a chance to "fly" a plane next week as a part of the UND Aerospace Community Day.

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The community day and open house will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Flight Operations (located at the airport) and UND Aerospace buildings.

Participants can "fly" spacecraft and aircraft simulators, tour the Aerospace facilities and get passport "stamps" when they visit various hands-on stations, the university said in a press release. More than 2,500 people attended the event last year.

The event is free and open to all ages. Parking is free in UND Aerospace parking lots, and a shuttle will be available to and from the airport. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

WICHE programs help save students money

BOULDER, Colo. - America's largest interstate higher education tuition-savings programs helped save students in the western United States more than $400 million in 2018-19, according to a news release from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

More than 42,500 students saved $417.7 million through three Student Access Programs managed by WICHE, which is a regional, nonprofit organization. Membership includes the 15 western states and the U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States.

In North Dakota specifically, 500 residents saved $2.7 million on out-of-state tuition through these programs, according to a data from WICHE's Student Access Program.

"WICHE's tuition-savings programs broaden the affordable higher education options for our residents - helping them graduate with less debt and ultimately strengthening our workforce," said state Sen. Ray Holmberg, chairman of the WICHE commission. "These programs also help our colleges and universities draw students from other western states, which fills revenue-producing seats, diversifies their campuses and bolsters bottom lines for institutions and communities."

The most popular of WICHE's three Student Access Programs, the Western Undergraduate Exchange, saw 40,487 students save $380.5 million this school year on nonresident tuition at public associate's or bachelor's degree programs in the western U.S, the release said.

Through WUE, students enroll in one of 162 participating colleges or universities outside their home state and pay no more than 150 percent of that institution's resident rate, WICHE said.

Nonresident tuition rates can cost more than 300 percent of residents rates, the organization said.

WICHE's two other tuition-discount programs also served nearly 2,100 students in 2018-19.

The Western Regional Graduate Program enabled 1,478 students to pay resident tuition at out-of-state graduate programs.

The Professional Student Exchange Program - in which western states subsidize tuition for residents pursuing veterinary medicine, optometry, dentistry, and several other high-need health degrees in other states - helped 614 students affordably pursue those degrees and return home to fill provider gaps, the release stated.