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WGU Missouri Announces Partnership with UPS Central Plains

News Brief - 1/11/17

Nonprofit, online university will offer discounted tuition for bachelor’s and master’s degrees

LENEXA — Employees of UPS Central Plains are now eligible for a 5 percent tuition discount under a new partnership between WGU Missouri and UPS Central Plains. The UPS Central Plains partnership discount will apply to any of WGU Missouri’s degree programs in business, information technology, education and healthcare.

Under the terms of the agreement, UPS Central Plains employees can receive a 5 percent discount (for up to two years) to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree at WGU Missouri. The tuition discount reduces WGU Missouri’s already low tuition of about $6,000 per year for most programs.

“WGU Missouri is pleased to help UPS Central Plains demonstrate its commitment to employees by providing discounts and scholarships so employees can further their education and career.” said Dr. Angie Besendorfer, Chancellor of WGU Missouri. “The WGU Missouri education model empowers working adults to fit higher education into their busy lives through flexible, personalized learning that is surprisingly affordable.”

WGU Missouri, the state affiliate of Western Governors University, is a nonprofit online university established by the state. WGU Missouri’s competency-based learning model allows students to learn at their own pace. Rather than spending time in classes with set schedules, students can move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. As a result, many students are able to accelerate their time to degree completion – with the average time to a bachelor’s degree less than three years.

UPS Central Plains employees will also be eligible for the Institutional Partners Fund, with scholarships of up to $2,000. For more information on WGU Missouri, and details on the UPS Central Plains partnership benefits, visit

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