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WGU Partners with National Urban League to Help Affiliates Finish College Degrees

Online university offers application fee waiver, tuition discounts, and scholarship opportunities to individuals affiliated with the century-old civil rights organization

SALT LAKE CITY, July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Western Governors University and the National Urban League have announced a partnership aimed at helping individuals affiliated with the historic civil rights organization achieve their academic and career goals.

Under the partnership, employees, members, and clients of the National Urban League are entitled to a $65 application fee waiver, 5% off WGU's already affordable tuition, and the opportunity to apply for one of twenty $5,000 WGU—National Urban League Go Further Scholarships. The National Urban League is dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. WGU and the National Urban League are a great fit because of WGU's commitment to offering opportunities for accessible, affordable online education.

"The National Urban League is thrilled to have partnered with WGU," said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. "Their online programs offer flexibility, high quality, and affordability and give individuals a great opportunity to earn a degree that will be respected by employers nationwide."

Individuals affiliated with Urban League programs who earn their degree from WGU will enjoy the personalized support of an assigned mentor, rigorous yet flexible courses, a variety of degree programs in four colleges to choose from, and the credibility of a degree from an accredited online university – all for a tuition that's lower than most other online schools.

For more information on WGU's degree programs, how to take advantage of WGU's partnership with the National Urban League, and to get in touch with an Enrollment Counselor and find out if WGU is right for you, visit www.wgu.edu/NUL.

About Western Governors University

"[WGU is] the best relatively cheap university you've never heard of."– TIME magazine

Featured on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, WGU is the only university in the U.S. offering competency-based degree programs and the only nonprofit, fully online university with students in all 50 states. WGU offers 50 degree programs in Business, Education, Information Technology, and Health Professions, including Nursing. Since its inception in 1997, WGU has grown into a national institution, serving more than 25,000 students. WGU is self-sustaining on tuition, and does not rely on state or national support to fund its operations.  

On June 11, 2010, WGU Indiana, referred to by Governor Mitch Daniels as Indiana's eighth state university, was formed through a partnership with the state. WGU Washington was established by the Washington State Legislature on April 22, 2011.  Subsidiaries of Western Governors University, WGU Indiana and WGU Washington are state-endorsed and offer degree programs that are accredited through Western Governors University.

WGU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). WGU nursing programs have been accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and its B.S. in Health Informatics is accredited by CAHIIM (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education). WGU's Teachers College is the first and only exclusively online provider of teacher education to receive accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure from NCATE, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The university has earned the support of more than 20 leading corporations and foundations. They include institutions such as AT&T, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dell, Lilly Endowment, HCA, Hewlett-Packard, Lumina Foundation, Microsoft, Oracle, Qwest, SunGard Higher Education, and Zions Bank. More information is available at www.wgu.edu or by calling 866.225.5948.               

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