WGU is a Great Value

WGU is committed to keeping tuition low—in fact, we're about half the cost of other online universities. Our priority is to help you graduate with less debt—or none at all.

WGU charges tuition at a flat rate every term. The more courses you complete each term, the more affordable your degree program becomes.

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of WGU students receive some type of financial aid

Financial Aid with Less Debt

Because WGU is committed to keeping tuition costs low, many WGU students are able to graduate with little or no new student debt. But when some borrowing is necessary to make going back to school a reality, WGU’s financial aid experts are on hand to ease the process and help you finance your education in the smartest way possible.

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"As a mom on a teacher's salary, WGU's flat-rate tuition of $6,000 a year was crazy good—half the cost of other online universities." Hilary Tinnesand-Darnold,
Masters in Teaching—Mathematics,
College Place, Washington

of employers said that their WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs

Return on Investment

A WGU degree delivers superior results—it means you’ve demonstrated mastery of real-world competencies that employers are looking for. As a result, WGU grads frequently get jobs that more than pay for their education.

In a 2015 Harris Poll Online survey, 1,144 WGU graduates reported earning, on average, $10,600 more within 1–2 years of graduation. With an average cost of $15,000 for a bachelor’s degree, the return on investment of a WGU degree is less than 2 years.

Reducing Student Debt by 40%

WGU’s Responsible Borrowing Initiative encourages students to borrow only what they need to complete their degrees. Since its launch in 2013, average borrowing per student (of those who take out loans) has decreased by $3,100 per year, a reduction of 40%. In two years, WGU reduced borrowing by $250 million.


Many WGU students receive scholarships and grants that make earning their degrees even more affordable.

During the past three years, WGU has awarded over $5 million in scholarships using the university's own funds as well as third-party contributions.

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VA and Military

WGU is proud to offer a flexible, affordable education that fits the needs of America’s service men and women, veterans, and their families. Your WGU online degree program will travel with you no matter where you’re deployed or stationed. Our programs are approved for benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill®, and because our tuition and fees are so low, veterans will usually find all of their costs covered by their government benefits.

WGU has been listed as a top military-friendly university for nine consecutive years by Military Advanced Education Magazine and for five straight years by G.I. Jobs Magazine.

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Questions and 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.

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