Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Youth

June 20, 2014

WGU freezes tuition

As college costs continue to increase, WGU Indiana (indiana.wgu.edu) leaders are committed to holding the line on tuition for another 12 months. Its tuition has remained flat since the state launched the nonprofit, online university, reports spokesperson Brittany Melvin.

Tuition is charged at a $2,890 flat rate per six-month term for most programs. 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. The average time to complete a bachelor’s degree is 34 months, so the average cost is about $18,000. As a result, the average student debt 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.”

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