Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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July 11, 2014

WGU Indiana freezes tuition

As college costs continue to increase at several times the rate of inflation, WGU Indiana is committing to holding the line on tuition and fees for another 12 months. Its tuition has remained flat since the state of Indiana launched the non-profit, online university in June 2010, reports spokesperson Brittany Melvin.

The school’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. While the average cost of books and materials at other colleges is nearly $1,200 per year, WGU Indiana’s $145 resource fee includes access to e-textbooks for all courses.

The average time to complete a bachelor’s degree is less than three years (34 months), so the average cost of a bachelor’s degree is about $18,000. As a result, the average student debt at completion of a bachelor’s degree is nearly $10,000 less than the national average.

“When former Gov. Mitch Daniels launched WGU Indiana in 2010, he set out to expand access to affordable, quality education for Hoosier adult learners,” said chancellor Allison Barber. “We are committed to keeping this promise while bucking a national trend of increasing tuition. We also congratulate current Purdue President Daniels for adopting a similar mindset as we all strive for a more educated Indiana work force.”

To learn more about the degree programs, persons can visit indiana.wgu.edu.

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