Western Governors University Promises No Tuition Increase

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University holds the line for 2010-11 academic year

Salt Lake City-based Western Governors University has promised to hold the line on tuition for the 2010-11 academic year, bucking a widespread trend to hike student costs annually. Founded and supported by 19 western governors in 1995, WGU has been growing dramatically, averaging a near 30 percent increase in enrollment in recent years.

Low Cost

Western Governors UniversityAnd it isn’t as if WGU can’t get away with jacking up tuition like everyone else. The university charges just $5,780 per year for most undergraduate programs and has only increased tuition by $200 in the past four years. Over four years, WGU costs less than what a lot of colleges and universities are charging annually, delivering incomparable savings for students and making college affordable for so many people.

“Providing access to a high-quality, challenging education that’s affordable is a primary element of our mission at WGU,” said the university’s Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment Patrick Partridge. “For individuals who are considering going back to school to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree and advance their careers, WGU is an outstanding value.”

Non-Profit University

WGU operates under the radar when compared to some of the highly visible for-profit schools who advertise heavily. The university is operated as a non-profit with one of its missions being to educate students at a low cost without impeding quality.

WGU charges tuition in six-month increments to allow students to finish up their coursework before proceeding with their next classes. Textbooks and related course material are not covered under its tuition plan.

Teacher Scholarships

In addition to holding down tuition costs, WGU offers scholarships including recently announced new scholarships for math and science teachers. In April, the school established “a new scholarship program aimed at helping current and aspiring mathematics and science educators advance their careers.” Valued at $4,000 each, 100 scholarships are available for new students enrolling in initial teaching certification programs in addition to those seeking advanced degrees in math and science education.

WGU is nationally and regionally accredited and has been recognized for its innovative way of educating students and at a low cost to them. In the Nov. 13, 2008 issue of “Time,” the magazine revealed that the university is the largest supplier of math and science teachers in urban school districts nationally. Time called WGU, “the best relatively cheap university you’ve never heard of.”

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