News Release: No Tuition Increase in 2010, 4/12/10

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News Brief - 4/12/10

No Tuition Increase at Western Governors University in 2010

Online University Holds Undergraduate Tuition at $5,890 per Year

Salt Lake City — While both traditional and online universities across the country are announcing tuition increases for 2010 of as much as 8 percent, private non-profit Western Governors University, www.wgu.edu, has announced that it will continue to buck the trend by not increasing tuition through the remainder of the year. Tuition at the online, competency-based university is $5,780 per year for most undergraduate programs and has only increased by $200 in the past four years.

The announcement comes as enrollment in WGU’s four colleges—Business, Teachers College, Information Technology, and Healthcare, including Nursing—is growing by approximately 30 percent per year. The only competency-based university in the U.S., WGU offers more than 50 accredited bachelor’s, post-baccalaureate, and master’s degrees in high-demand career fields. Flexible and affordable, WGU is ideal for career-minded adults with work and family obligations, and students may begin their studies on the first of any month.

"Providing access to a high-quality, challenging education that’s affordable is a primary element of our mission at WGU," said WGU'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."

Tuition at WGU is comparable to a state college or university and is roughly half the cost of other online universities. In addition to financial aid, WGU offers a number of scholarships in all degree areas. In the past 12 months, the university has awarded more than $2.9 million in scholarships. For more information, go to www.wgu.edu/tuition or call 1-866-225-5948.