Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and fees

Your program will be affordable

Tuition That’s Affordable

You can get a great education at Western Governors University that won’t create financial hardship for you and your family.

Basic Tuition for Most Programs is Just $2,890 Per Six-Month Term

WGU charges tuition at a flat rate every six months, so you pay for the time, not the credit hours. Compare that with what other reputable, regionally accredited online universities charge, and you’ll discover WGU tuition is typically half the cost.

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Founded by 19 Governors to Expand Access

Our commitment is to expand access to higher education for working adults. Our 19 founding governors believed that all individuals—regardless of income, socioeconomic background, or geographic location—should have access to quality, cost-effective higher education. Consequently, an essential part of our mission is to keep tuition very affordable.

Federal financial aid can help you manage the costs, too. Most students qualify for at least one type of low-interest loan.

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Questions & Answers

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How does WGU keep its tuition so low?

As a nonprofit university, WGU doesn’t need to benefit shareholders. Our students are our main concern. We also try to keep our operating costs low. And since we’re an exclusively online university, we don’t need to maintain expensive classroom buildings, a campus, and other non-academic programs.

Should I consider financial aid?

Using financial aid is a personal decision. When making this decision, you should know that a degree is a great investment in yourself that will pay for itself many times over. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree earn on average almost a million dollars more over the course their careers compared to those without one. A master’s degree typically has a similar impact on your wallet. You should definitely consider federal financial aid if it means the difference between getting your degree or not. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to learn more.