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Nonprofit online university coming to Missouri

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

Have you given up on the idea of getting a college degree because you just can't afford it? That could change in Missouri.  The Show Me State is just one of 5 states that have partnered with Western Governor's University.  You could earn a degree online, and it would cost you less than $3,000 a semester, which gives more people the opportunity to earn a degree and find a career.

"Money, money is the whole thing. Because I'm barely scraping by day to day," Eric Woodside said.  

Right now, Woodside said he can't afford a bachelor's degree from a traditional university, but when he heard about Western Governor's University, it gave him an option he didn't think he had.  

"Because it's more of a stay at home based and I can still work during the day and then being able to do other stuff as well," he said.  

Governor Jay Nixon recently announced the partnership with the online university in his State of the State address.  Larry Markway with the Hannibal Career Center thinks it could help lower unemployment. 

"That's really intended to be a long term solution, so over time it would. I wouldn't see any immediate impact on it, but I think over time it could," Markway said.  

He also said it's easier to place someone who has a college degree as opposed to a General Education Development or GED, and Woodside sees the new online option as a great opportunity. 

"Further myself in my education plus further myself with the schooling plus being able to get a better paying job," he said.

Joan Mitchell is the Director of Communications at Western Governor's University.  She said the reason Missouri is partnering with the University is to help make more people aware that this exists, as well as prospective students being able to apply for financial aid from the state.  

Indiana is another state that partnered with the University two years ago.  Before they partnered, they had 270 kids enrolled in Western Governor's University and since then that number has increased to more than 3,000.  

Mitchell said the average age for a student is 37 years old and a majority of them work full time.  

While the Missouri portion of Western Governor's University is weeks away from being completed, Mitchell said Missourians as well as anyone else in the nation can apply to the University.  For more information, you can click on this link.  

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