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WGU Missouri Celebrates 10 Years of Advancing Higher Education in the State

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In just 10 years since its inception, WGU Missouri has been credited with helping
thousands of Missourians achieve their dreams of earning a college degree and advancing their careers. The university, which is fully online and nonprofit, was created as a state affiliate of nationally recognized Western Governors University in February 2013 by Gov. Jay Nixon. The goal was to increase the number of degreed individuals in the state by offering busy adults who have some college but no degree an alternative pathway to earning their degrees.
Featuring a fully online, competency-based approach that allows students to move through courses at their own pace and complete coursework on their own time, WGU Missouri has proven to be the answer for those unable to complete their degrees through traditional means.
The competency-based model allows students to leverage previous education,
training and work experience to earn their degrees faster. Students complete their programs by studying on schedules that fit their lives, advancing as soon as they demonstrate they’ve mastered the subject matter. Since WGU’s tuition is flat-rate – about $3,800 per six-month term – students can take as many courses as possible each term without any added fees, earning their degrees at lower cost.
The university focuses on high workforce-need areas, offering more than 80 master’s and bachelor’s degree programs in IT, business, K-12 education and health professions, including nursing.
WGU Missouri has shown consistent annual growth over the past decade and now has 3,361 students currently enrolled and 7,004 alumni – 15% of whom graduated in the past year. The university employs 224 Missourians and has partnered with 74 businesses and institutions across the state who value the university and want to create new opportunities for their employees to earn their degrees affordably and take their careers to the next level.
WGU Missouri provides scholarships, making tuition even more affordable. Since 2013, Missourians have been
awarded more than $4.3 million in WGU-funded scholarships, and that number is about to grow again. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the university is offering $100,000 in scholarships – 10 valued at $10,000 each – to new students who qualify and apply by June 30. To learn more, visit or call 855-948-8493.



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