Price increase at WNMU

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by rebel100, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    Pretty stiff price increase at WNMU for out of state students Tuition & Fees - Online Programs

    I was thinking of going back to finish a writing certificate with an idea of eventually completing the MAIS....this one comes out of my own pocket so probably going to re-think things before jumping in.
  2. Thatch

    Thatch New Member

    I can only assume that is a typo. In-state for 6 hours is $222.74 an hour, 15 hours is $200.46 an hour. Out-of-state for 6 hours is $259.85 and for 15 hours it's $494.38 an hour. That doesn't really compute. Perhaps that is their pricing model, but it's a strange one if it is.
  3. Pelican

    Pelican Member

    The tuition scheme is similar to the years previous, but yes, quite a bit more expensive. For a while, most schools in New Mexico had a similar pricing system, with out-of-state students getting more affordable prices if they just take 6 credits per hour. I am not sure if there are other schools that still do this.

    Note that there are additional fees for on-line courses, so the actual price is higher than expected.
  4. bazonkers

    bazonkers New Member

    They are killing the golden goose. I bet they made a bunch of money from out of state grad students that attended because of the great pricing. Those students will either go elsewhere or put their studies on hold. Maybe they don't care about the loss of non-resident online students but they seemed to really be catering to them over the last few years.
  5. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    Even with the jump they are affordable, but for me these equate to in state rates in Florida, so I'm leaning in that direction. Glad I'm only one class deep.
  6. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    One could just attend FHSU and not have to worry about the 6-credit limit for non-residents, which I found very unappealing about WNMU. FHSU charges $251.38 per credit hour for graduate courses regardless of residency.
  7. TMW2009

    TMW2009 New Member

    I'd say that FHSU might be unappealing to some because of the 16 (15?) week class terms (or the programs I checked out there had them, at least - may not be all of the grad programs), but then I remember that WNMU had 16 week classes as well...
  8. mattbrent

    mattbrent Active Member

    That's still far more affordable than schools local to me. I'd do it again in a heartbeat!

  9. Pelican

    Pelican Member

    I would have stayed there as a student to get additional certificates if they did not raise the price so much. Chances are they are losing many out-of-state students, but maybe they weren't making any money from them.
  10. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    WNMU used to offer in-state tuition for online only out-of-staters doing 6 hours or less. The new deal, I am told, is 125% of in-state tuition. Is that really so terribly awfully bad?
  11. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    I still think it's a good deal, but with the increase its much less competitive, depending on where you are. In Matt's case it makes great sense, in mine, maybe not so much.
  12. jumbodog

    jumbodog New Member

    Just for the record the legislature passed a law that forbid the practice of in-state tuition for out of state students. This isn't effecting just WNMU--Northern New Mexico College offed the same deal but it was much less well-known because they had very few on-line courses.
  13. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    It is their pricing model, and it has been for a while. I don't get it either, but their policy (like other public colleges and universities in new mexico) is to offer very low hourly tuition rates for the first 6 credit hours per semester for out of state students, then charge full price for anything above that. The secret has always been to enroll with them if you have a slow and steady plan for completion, to maximize savings.
  14. Nowhereman

    Nowhereman New Member

    I never had to consider any of this, since I was a living in and a resident of New Mexico during my MAIS. :D It does stink for out-of-state students though. I can't imagine they weren't raking in the money from them as my classes generally had more out of then in state students...

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