Western Governors University Helps Adults Pursuing a College Degree in the New Year

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The ongoing pandemic continues to impact the local workforce, causing many to reevaluate their careers and make resolutions to strengthen their skillsets as the New Year approaches. For many, this process will include going back to college in 2022 to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree and make themselves more marketable to potential employers. To aid in the decision-making process for those who are still considering their options, Western Governors University (WGU) is offering tips to keep top of mind when choosing a college or field of study:

Choose a field of study that will lead to fulfillment and success. The recent and ongoing labor shortage has affected a wide range of industries, creating record numbers of job openings in a variety of fields. While this means more options could be available for prospective employees, not every industry is experiencing an employee shortage. Make sure the degree selected is in-demand, relates to your current field and is relevant to employers.

Research online options. If you are planning on going to school remotely or taking fully online courses, make sure you do your research and choose a school that has a long and highly rated history of offering quality online programs to students. While most institutions began offering this as an option at the start of the pandemic, not all are experts in the area, which could impact the student experience.

Pay attention to tuition costs and financing options.  Find out what tuition costs – including books and fees – before enrolling. Research financial aid and scholarships that may be available. Depending on income, a student may be eligible for a government grant, particularly a Pell grant, to help pay for education. Speak with a financial advisor about other means of assistance that can lower costs. Many employers also offer tuition reimbursement or assistance. 

The fully online, nonprofit university is also offering $100,000 in scholarships to new students who plan to enroll in the New Year. Each New Start Scholarship is valued at up to $2,500 per student and will be applied to WGU’s already-low, flat-rate tuition of about $3,800 per six-month term. To learn more about the New Start Scholarship, visit wgu.edu/newstart.

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