How to Restart After Withdrawing from WGU

We're excited that you are considering returning to WGU! This site will give you information on how to appeal for readmission to WGU. You are always welcome to contact the Student Readmissions department by e-mail at readmission@wgu.edu or phone at 1-877-435-7948 extension 3146, if you need assistance. We will be happy to help you get started today!

NOTE: if you've graduated from a WGU program and want to return to complete another program, please contact the enrollment department: admissions@wgu.edu .

How can I benefit by considering a return to WGU after a withdrawal?

1. You can complete your program and obtain the degree/certification you have worked toward.

2. Perhaps the reason you withdrew has passed and would no longer hinder your progress toward academic goals.

3. You may be ready to "get on with" making the changes in your life that a degree can provide to you.

4. Since the withdrawal from WGU, you have tried another model to reach your academic goals and have found the flexible model of WGU's distance learning to be a good fit for your lifestyle.

How do I know when I'm ready to consider a restart?
Consider why the withdrawal occurred. Perhaps things have changed for you and you are now ready and able to devote 20 hours per week to successfully reach your academic goals. Some information about the readmission process:

  • You can actually reenter only when your withdrawal term has ended.
  • Students who are academically suspended must wait a minimum of 6 months from the suspension date before appealing for reentry.
  • The readmission evaluation process takes four weeks.
  • Once approved, you will start a new term on the first of the month after your withdrawal term has ended and when you have completed the required conditions for the restart.
  • Your financial account must be paid up from prior terms and tuition must be guaranteed by payment or financial aid approval/confirmation.
  • If you are eligible for financial aid, your financial aid paperwork must be current and completed.

What are the steps in the readmission process?

Students begin the appeal for readmission by emailing readmission@wgu.edu, or by contacting the Student Records Department at (877) 435-7948 extension 3146. The Student Records Department will provide an email with a link to the readmission form. The form will require the following information:

  • The name of the program the student wishes to reenter.
  • The reentry target date.
  • A list of all previously attended institutions before and after attending WGU.
  • The circumstances that led to the withdrawal.
  • Why the student believes the WGU model is appropriate in reaching his/her academic goals.
  • How the student has prepared for return, both academically and otherwise.
  • Why the student believes he/she will be able to meet academic progress requirements in his/her studies if readmitted.

Students returning after a withdrawal will be required to pay a $100 readmission fee. This fee will be added to a student’s account and must be paid through the Bursar's office before the readmission request will be reviewed. The $100 fee will be waived for students that return to WGU within six months, are a returning WGU graduate, or withdrew from the university due to military deployment. Prior to readmission the student must meet all financial obligations and/or complete all financial aid paperwork.

If the student completed any college-level work elsewhere during the absence from WGU, the transfer work will only be considered for transfer credit if the student left WGU for two or more years, or for at least a year and is changing programs of study. In such cases, the student should have an official transcript of that work sent to the Student Records Department for evaluation prior to readmission. Upon review of the student's readmission letter, as well as prior academic and administrative records, Student Records will make a determination and inform the student with the conditions of reentry. Readmitting students are not entitled to grandfathering. Students appealing to be readmitted must conform and comply with new admission policies unless granted an exemption through an escalated appeal. If the readmission request is denied, the student may appeal the decision to the Registrar whose decision is final.

Only students who appear to have potential for success in the WGU model and within their selected program of study will be readmitted. Readmission is not automatic and could be denied for any of the following reasons:

  • Failure to comply with the WGU code of student conduct;
  • Failure to meet academic progress requirements;
  • Administratively withdrawn for non-payment, non-response or inactivity;
  • Multiple withdrawals, either administratively or by request.

Readmitted students must be eligible for their desired program of study and will be subject to the admission and graduation requirements of their degree program at the time of reentry. Additionally, the student will be placed into the most current catalog version of the program. Students readmitted to the university must complete term enrollment within 10 days of the start of the term with their assigned mentor. Students must also agree to abide by the university's academic progress policy.

What will happen once I have actually been readmitted?
When you have met the conditions to be readmitted your record will be re-activated in the system and you will be assigned to a mentor on the 1st of the following month. You and your mentor will receive a "welcome back" e-mail confirming your actual restart after your withdrawal. Within the first 10 days of your reentry term, you will contact the mentor to discuss your Degree Plan and establish term enrollment.

Where do I go from here? Questions?
We look forward to receiving your appeal for readmission and helping you move toward your academic goals. If you have questions:

  • about the readmission process following a withdrawal, please review the WGU Student Handbook or contact Student Readmissions by e-mail at readmission@wgu.edu.
  • about your financial account status, please contact the Bursar by e-mail at bursar@wgu.edu.
  • about financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid office by e-mail at finaid@wgu.edu
  • about current programs at WGU, visit the program of your choice at www.wgu.edu; if you discuss programs with the enrollment department, please let them know you are considering readmission following a withdrawal.