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Western Governors University Holds the Line: No Tuition Increase This Year

Undergraduate Tuition to Remain at $5,890 per Year

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite a growing demand for online, competency-based bachelor's and master's degree programs, Western Governors University, www.wgu.edu, announced today that it will not raise tuition this year. Tuition, which is $5,780 per year for most undergraduate programs, has only increased by $200 over the past 4 years. The private, non-profit university will not increase tuition for at least 10 months, although enrollment is climbing at record levels in all undergraduate and graduate degree programs. WGU matriculated more than 1,400 new students in September alone.

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"A key part of WGU's mission is to make higher education accessible and affordable," said WGU President Dr. Robert Mendenhall. "By avoiding a tuition increase this year, while so many are struggling economically, we hope to enable more students to pursue their degrees and enhance their careers."

WGU's tuition 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 $1.2 million in scholarships. WGU's mentor-guided, competency-based academic model provides both flexibility and one-on-one support. Rather than semesters on defined schedules, study at WGU is organized in 6-month terms that can begin at the beginning of any month.

Fully accredited, WGU offers more than 50 bachelor's and master's degrees in Business, Healthcare Professions, Information Technology, and Teaching Education. For more information, go to www.wgu.edu/tuition or call 1-866-225-5948.

About Western Governors University (WGU)

"[WGU is] the best relatively cheap university you've never heard of." -- TIME magazine

Recently featured on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, WGU is the only online university in the U.S. offering competency-based degree programs.

WGU is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) and regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, one of the major accrediting commissions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). In addition, WGU's Teachers College is the first and only exclusively online provider of teacher education to receive accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). WGU nursing programs have been accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

WGU was founded by 19 U.S. governors, and is supported by more than 20 leading corporations and foundations. They include institutions such as AT&T, BearingPoint, Dell, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Hewlett-Packard, HCA, Microsoft, Oracle, Qwest, SunGard Higher Education, Sun Microsystems, and Zions Bank. More information is available at www.wgu.edu.

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