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New agreement forms Indiana branch of online college

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A new agreement between the state and an online university will allow Indiana residents to use state scholarships to pay for tuition at the computer-based program.

WGU Indiana is a branch of Western Governors University, a private, not-for-profit university designed for working adults trying to earn bachelor's or master's degrees.

Gov. Mitch Daniels says he's considers WGU Indiana to be the eighth state university, although it is technically a private program and will not get state funding like other colleges. But the agreement allows students to use state scholarship money toward WGU Indiana — something not allowed before the partnership.

Officials also hope the partnership spurs more adults to earn their degrees through the online program.

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