Western Governors University is a fully online, nonprofit university that offers accredited bachelor's and master's degrees in teaching, business, information technology and various health professions. This online education program is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
It also is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council and is the first online university to get official recognition from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Tuition is paid in a somewhat unusual fashion. On average, it takes 120 credit hours to earn an undergraduate degree from this online school. Undergraduate tuition is $2,890 per six-month term, no matter how many online courses you take.
Different types of financial aid are available, including grants for students who qualify, federal and state student loans, scholarships, corporate reimbursements from employers, and GI Bill and Veterans Administration education benefits. The school has financial aid options for veterans and individuals who are currently active in the military, as well as for their spouses.
This online school focuses on bachelor's and master's degrees in various disciplines. However, you can also get a number of professional certifications, especially in the area of IT.
The university offers three bachelor's and four master's degree programs in nursing, eight bachelor's degree, and four post-baccalaureate and five master's degree programs in teaching. It also provides 12 master's degree programs and two endorsement preparation programs for teachers who are already licensed.
Once you enroll in this online university, you get a student mentor who serves as your adviser and communicates with you by phone, email and web conferencing. There also are online student communities so you can feel part of a university environment, take part in small learning groups, and network with other students and mentors.
You can customize your degree plan to fit with your academic and career skills, the amount of time you can give to college efforts, and your comfort level with independent studies. You must show competency in your areas of study by completing tests, projects, essays or other displays of skill.