SALT LAKE CITY, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As college costs continue to increase at several times the rate of inflation, Western Governors University (WGU), www.wgu.edu, is committing to holding the line on tuition and fees for the seventh straight year. Online and competency-based, WGU's tuition is charged at a flat rate of $2,890 per six-month term for most programs, regardless of the number of courses completed. And, while the average cost of books and materials at other colleges is nearly $1,200 per year, WGU's $145 resource fee includes access to e-textbooks for all courses.
At WGU, the average time to complete a bachelor's degree is just 34 months, so the average cost of a bachelor's degree is about $18,000. As a result, the average WGU student debt at completion of a bachelor's degree is nearly $10,000 less than the national average.
With more than 46,000 students and 35,000 graduates nationwide, WGU is the pioneer and leader in competency-based education. The online university offers more than 50 bachelor's, master's, and post-baccalaureate degree programs in business, information technology, K-12 teacher education, and health professions, including nursing. Designed to meet the needs of busy adults, competency-based education allows students to earn respected, accredited degrees without sacrificing work and family obligations. Rather than spending an entire semester in each class, students study and learn online with one-on-one faculty support, moving at a pace personalized to their individual schedules and learning styles. Because they earn credit for courses and advance as soon as they demonstrate their mastery of the subject matter, many students are able to accelerate their time to completion, saving time and money.
For more information on WGU's tuition, visit www.wgu.edu/tuition2014.
For information on WGU's online degree programs, visit www.wgu.edu/programs2014.
About Western Governors University
Recognized by President Obama as an innovative university that "awards credits based on learning, not seat time," Western Governors University is the only university in the U.S. offering accredited, competency-based bachelor's and master's degree programs at scale. Named one of Fast Company's "Most Innovative Companies for 2013," WGU has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered," NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, CNN's "Schools of Thought," and in The New York Times.
WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. WGU's Teachers College is the first exclusively online provider of teacher education to receive accreditation for its teacher licensure programs from NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The WGU bachelor's and master's nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE*), and its B.S. in Health Informatics is accredited by CAHIIM (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education).
Western Governors University has partnered with five states to establish state-based universities aimed at adding affordable capacity to state higher education systems. WGU Indiana, WGU Missouri, WGU Tennessee, WGU Texas, and WGU Washington are key elements in their states' strategies for increasing the percentage of adults with bachelor's or master's degrees. These state-endorsed universities offer degree programs that are accredited through WGU.
The university has earned the support of more than 20 leading corporations and foundations, including AT&T, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lilly Endowment, HCA, Hewlett-Packard, Lumina Foundation, Microsoft, Oracle, SunGard Higher Education, and Zions Bank. More information is available at www.wgu.edu or by calling 866.225.5948.
*Western Governors University offers nursing programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 5380, Washington DC 20036, 202-877-6791).
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