News Brief - 1/18/17 Texas’ online competency-based university now accepting applications for the New Kind of You Scholarship AUSTIN WGU Texas is offering added incentives to help make those resolutions to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree a reality. Students who apply to WGU Texas by March 31, 2017 are eligible to apply for the New Kind of You Scholarship, which provides up to $2,000 per student and taps into $500,000 in scholarships offered through Western Governors University, parent university of WGU Texas. You can learn more about WGU Texas’ New Kind of You Scholarship at texas.wgu.edu/newyou and by following @WGUTexas on social media. “When you decide to return to college, funding your education is a large part of the equation, and the ‘New Kind of You Scholarship’ provides a way to help ease the financial burden,” said WGU Texas Chancellor Veronica Vargas Stidvent. “For prospective students, it’s also important to choose the right program and university, one that provides a high level of faculty support, guidance, individualized instruction and opportunities to interact with other students. At WGU Texas, online doesn’t mean alone.” WGU Texas offers these tips to help busy adults choose the right online university to stay on track with their goals. Know your learning style. Learning in an online environment is similar to what you would expect in a more traditional brick and mortar environment. You will study, write papers, complete projects and take tests. Online, when and where you study and interactions with faculty and other students can be quite different. Earning your degree takes self-discipline with a strong commitment to earn a degree. You’ll need to set aside sufficient time and effort to realize your goals. When choosing a school, one that offers a competency-based program allows you to study and learn at your own pace, apply what you already know and advance when you demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. Understand the total cost of your education. Tuition at online universities varies widely. Before you make your decision, be sure to understand all of the costs. Compare tuition rates, books, fees and financial aid options of various schools. Speak to a financial advisor about financial aid, and only borrow what you need to graduate, as this will help keep costs under control without incurring unnecessary additional student debt. Another factor in your cost consideration should be the length of time you expect to take to complete your degreethe longer it takes, the more it is likely to cost. Make sure the university is accredited and the degree is meaningful. Regional accreditation is the highest form of accreditation and ensures that employers and other academic institutions will respect and recognize your degree. The U.S. Department of Education publishes a list of regional accrediting agencies that are recognized as reliable authorities on educational quality and effectiveness of the institution. The degree program you choose should offer relevant and up-to-date curriculum to ensure that you’ll earn the credentials you need for the job market. Ask for information about alumni placements, employer surveys and graduate rankings on national test scores. WGU Texas’ New Kind of You Scholarship is accepting applications through March 31, 2017. New students enrolling in any WGU Texas’ bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are eligible to apply. Scholarships will be awarded based on the candidate’s academic record, readiness for online study, and current competency, as well as other considerations. Each award will be applied at the rate of $500 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms. For more information or to apply, visit texas.wgu.edu/newyou.