SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The more than 40,000 students who have been affected by the closure of ITT Tech will have many questions to consider moving forward, but there's one question that Western Governors University (WGU) hopes won't be among them: whether or not to finish their degree.
There are many good options for ITT students committed to finishing their degrees, and for some of them, WGU will be a solution. That's why WGU has announced the creation of an ITT Transfer Scholarship available for qualifying ITT students who transfer to WGU. The scholarships are worth up to $2,000 per student. Those interested in applying should visit www.wgu.edu/ITTscholarship.
"While WGU won't be a fit for every ITT student, it may be an alternative that many should consider as they sort out their options," said WGU President Scott Pulsipher. "Our mission is to enable every student to achieve their academic goals, no matter their circumstances. No matter how frustrated or lost ITT students may feel at this point, we strongly urge them to thoroughly explore their options before letting their hard work go to waste."
The ITT Transfer Scholarship is a competitive program and is for any of WGU's more than 50 bachelor's and master's degree programs in information technology, nursing and healthcare, business, and teacher education. Scholarships will be awarded based on the student's academic record, previous college experience, readiness for online study, current competency, and other considerations. The scholarship will be applied at the rate of $500 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms, toward WGU's flat-rate tuition of about $3,000 per term for most programs.
In addition to the scholarships, WGU will waive the university's $65 application fee as well as the first-term resource fee of $145 for ITT students. WGU has dedicated admissions staff to review ITT students' situations and are available to answer transfer or other questions. One of the nation's largest nonprofit universities, WGU pioneered a competency-based model that is ideal for adult students because it allows them to take advantage of previous college or work experience as they progress toward their degree.
Further information for ITT students may be obtained at www.wgu.edu/ITT.
Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves more than 72,000 students nationwide and has more than 68,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation's leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In less than 20 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today's rapidly evolving economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies, and was featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. The university's 2015 Annual Report is now available online.
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