Sometimes being an obsessive researcher has its perks. For instance...Western Governors University has a $65 application
fee. While it may be well worth it in the grand scheme of things, $65 is a lot of money to some people (like me). I would have had to wait at least another month to start if I had to pay the fee. But I didn't. Why, you ask? Because during the research mentioned in the previous post, I discovered that WGU has a great referral program. If a WGU student refers you to the school by filling out a simple online form, you will receive a code that will waive your $65 fee. Awesome, right? On top of that, the person who refers you will receive credit for the WGU student store. Win-Win.
When I found this out, I was bummed at first since I don't happen to know any other WGU students. Of course I didn't let this stop me. There was no way I was waiting any longer than necessary to move this along and get started on my education. I am a member of Babycenter's wonderful community so I went into my birth club and asked the other group members if any of them were WGU students and if someone wouldn't mind referring me. My fee was waived within 5 minutes.
What I'm getting at is please do not start off your already expensive education by wasting $65 when it isn't necessary. I'm not saying you should stalk WGU students and start begging for a referral. That is annoying. Just remember to make use of any online communities that you are already involved in. Most people who have spoken with you in some way before would be happy to help.
If that doesn't work, leave me a comment here and I will be happy to refer you myself (providing that I do get accepted to WGU). Then go spend that $65 dollars on some new shoes or tacos or whatever makes you happy. You earned it, after all.