Online university has not raised tuition since its founding in 2011
SEATTLE, Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Great news for cost-conscious college students: WGU Washington will not raise tuition. The nonprofit, online university's tuition remains just $6,000 a year for most programs. That rate has held steady since WGU Washington launched in 2011.
WGU Washington operates under the accreditation of Western Governors University (WGU), which hasn't raised its tuition in six years. That means, in a time where stories of rising tuition costs and crushing student loan debt are commonplace, students can still access a high-quality, affordable college education.
WGU Washington offers more than 50 accredited bachelor's and master's degree programs in business, K-12 teacher education, information technology and health professions, including nursing. In addition to maintaining affordable, flat rate tuition, WGU Washington spares students exorbitant textbook costs, simply charging a resource fee of $145 per term, which includes access to e-textbooks and other online learning resources for all courses.
"Just one of the reasons we were created by state lawmakers is the price of our tuition," said Jean Floten, WGU Washington Chancellor. "We give folks in Washington, particularly busy adults, a shot at a high-quality, flexible, and – perhaps most important – affordable college education."
As a nonprofit, WGU Washington is focused on helping adult students achieve their educational goals. In addition to WGU Washington's flat rate tuition, which allows students to complete as many courses as they are able in a six-month term, the university uses a learning model called competency-based education. This model allows students to advance by demonstrating their knowledge rather than earning credit for spending time in class. Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, competency-based education allows students to take advantage of prior learning and experience to move quickly through material they already know, allowing them to focus on information they still need to learn. Students work through course materials at their own pace, guided and supported by faculty mentors. Courses are considered complete as soon as a student is able to demonstrate mastery of a topic through tests and assessments. As a result, students have the opportunity to accelerate their progress toward graduation, ultimately saving both time and money.
The university's commitment to providing affordable higher education is further supported by students' eligibility for both federal financial aid and a number of scholarships offered through the university to qualified students.
WGU Washington was established by the State Legislature in 2011 in partnership with nationally recognized and regionally accredited Western Governors University to expand access to higher education for Washington residents.
The state-endorsed, online university offers more than 50 bachelor's and master's degree programs in business, information technology, teacher education, and health professions, including nursing. WGU Washington's competency-based learning model is designed to meet the needs of working adults by providing an affordable, flexible option for earning an accredited, respected college degree. It's a nonprofit and receives no money from the state.
Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE*).
The university has earned the support of more than 20 leading corporations and foundations. They include institutions such as AT&T, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lilly Endowment, HCA, Hewlett-Packard, Lumina Foundation, Microsoft, Oracle, SunGard Higher Education, and Zions Bank.
*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).
SOURCE WGU Washington