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Education for the world
WSU offers flat rate tuition for online students
Friday, Feb. 1, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University’s Board of Regents has voted to offer an in-state tuition rate to Global Campus online students, regardless of their location.
"This positions us well in an ever increasing and competitive global market,” said David Cillay, vice president of the Global Campus. "Last Friday’s decision is another important step in WSU’s long efforts to bring education beyond geographical boundaries.”
Global Campus non-resident tuition is 28 percent higher than resident tuition. The change is expected to take effect for fall 2013 and is for both undergraduate and graduate students, although it doesn’t apply to either WSU’s online MBA or executive MBA.
A review of 20 universities with successful online programs found that 17 have a flat rate of tuition for online students, according to material presented to the regents.
Global Campus resident tuition rates will remain identical to WSU system-wide tuition, as will rates for non-resident students enrolled at a physical WSU campus who take Global Campus courses.
WSU created the Global Campus in July 2012. It is WSU’s fifth campus and the first new campus created since 1989. At the time, President Elson S. Floyd called it the "21st century realization of WSU’s land-grant mission to bring education beyond campus boundaries.”
Along with its robust online degree program, WSU Online, the Global Campus includes extracurricular activities offered through Global Connections, noncredit courses through the Digital Academy, a conference management unit and eLearning Services, which assists faculty with technology mediated instruction.
David Cillay, vice president of the Global Campus, 509-335-5188, email@example.com