Cost of Online Bachelor Degree Programs

The following short article is written to provide general advice about online education and degrees, not just information specific to WGU. If you have specific questions about WGU, feel free to inquire online or speak with an enrollment counselor (1-866-225-5948).

Obtaining an accredited bachelor's degree online can cost as little as one-quarter of what a degree from a conventional, out-of-state or private university may cost. Prospective students can save money by attending a state school, but even then, an online bachelor's degree program may cost about half the price.

How do you pay?

Some online universities charge per credit hour. Others charge a flat rate per semester to take as many classes as you’d like in that semester. If you are extremely disciplined and motivated to complete your degree in one or two years, the latter option offers the best value for your money.

Financial aid

You can lower costs considerably by obtaining financial aid. Student loans are a good way to get the money to pay your tuition with lower interest rates than using a charge card or personal loan. Some students may qualify for grant money as well.

Be wary of “cheap” schools

If a school’s pricing looks too good to be true, the school may not have earned accreditation. Degrees from non-accredited schools are generally not accepted by employers or other schools.