and complete my pursuit of an undergraduate degree was not
especially difficult. Selection of and commitment to a
particular university was not as simple. Multiple factors
including, but not limited to, price point, reputation, ease of access, and career relevance were weighed. I selected Western Governors University and remain very satisfied with this choice. Cost is a major determining factor, and one in which
WGU holds a tremendous advantage over competing learning
institutions. One must consider the annual cost of WGU at
$5,780, compared to the average annual cost of a public
institution at $32,617. Other online institutions also cannot compete in regards to cost, owed largely to WGU being the
nation’s only nonprofit online university. University of
Phoenix’s cost for a four year degree is $68,400, compared to WGU’s cost of $23,120.
Personally, there were additional considerations in regards
to cost. WGU’s annual undergraduate tuition rates fall just below the annual unsubsidized Stafford Loan limit amount of
$6,000. Annual rates were also very close to annual limits
on corporate tuition reimbursement under my current employer. Furthermore, WGU charges tuition per term, rather than class or credit unit. This allows ambitious students to take additional course per term and possibly graduate early, creating additional cost savings.
Cost is relative to value, and even considering the savings
involved with choosing WGU over other universities, it is still a significant financial commitment. I wanted to ensure that I would receive a quality, respected education. The University hosts results of several surveys of WGU graduates, all of
which indicate an overwhelmingly positive response - including 96% positive feedback on whether or not they would recommend WGU to others. This type of personal recommendation played a large factor in my selection of the University, as two close friends and...