As many colleges and universities open their doors to a new semester, many potential students may not be attending this year. Tuition rates for many state universities have increased dramatically this past year due to budget cuts, and many students cannot afford the tuition. With these challenges, higher education officials in the state of Washington and other Western states do have an affordable alternative. According to an article in The Columbian, the Western Governors University Washington offers students an affordable online alternative to the traditional state university and other for profit universities.
According to the article, WGU is a non-profit state endorsed online university. With a growing need for a more educated work force, WGU does help fill in the gap for students unable to afford the traditional college degree program. Students pay significantly less to attend WGU's online courses, and the school prides itself on the affordability of its programs. In addition to its cost effectiveness, WGU offers its students an online support system comprised of a mentor, counseling for non-school related issues, and professionals teaching the online courses.
You can read more at The Columbian.