WGU Scholarships

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Scholarships Available for Many Programs

Great news! Through the generosity of numerous corporations and foundations, plus special federal government appropriations, WGU maintains a robust program of scholarships made available to qualified students.

Scholarships are one of the many ways in which WGU removes obstacles from your path to achieving your educational goals and improving your career opportunities. It’s part of our investment in the future of our students.

Current Scholarship Offerings (for new students)

The following scholarships are available for new WGU students, depending upon specific eligibility requirements for the particular scholarship. Students are eligible to apply for these scholarships during the enrollment process and up to 60 days after starting a degree program.

In addition to the scholarships on this page there are a limited number of scholarships, not described on this page, available only to current students.

(To learn more about or to apply for a specific scholarship, click on the specific scholarship name below.)

WGU General Scholarships

Scholarship Name Valued up to

WGU Nurses Lead the Way Scholarship
In honor of National Nurses Week, five scholarships for motivated nurses who are ready to take on the increasing challenges of today’s hospitals.


WGU Excellence in Health Informatics Scholarships
To help experienced IT or healthcare professionals attend college online to move into the high-demand field of health informatics.


WGU M.S. Management and Leadership Scholarship
For working adults who have attained a bachelor’s degree and wish to advance their career in business.


CompTIA Scholarship
For CompTIA certification holders looking to further their education with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in information technology.


WGU Emerging Leaders in Business Scholarship
For business professionals with substantial college experience who want to further their education with a bachelor’s degree in business.


WGU Partner Scholarships

Scholarship Name Valued up to

WGU StraighterLine Scholarship
For motivated students who have completed at least four StraighterLine courses who wish to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree.


WGU Community College Partner Scholarship
For graduates of WGU partner community colleges who are looking to earn a WGU bachelor’s degree.


WGU Institutional Partner Fund
For employees of WGU’s partner institutions who wish to advance their education in the business, education, information technology, or healthcare fields.


WGU NEA Academy Partner Scholarships
For NEA Academy members who wish to attend college online to earn their teaching master’s degrees.


WGU Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
For motivated Phi Theta Kappa members with an associate's degree who wish to continue their education and earn a bachelor's degree.


Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) Scholarship
For ANPD members looking to earn a WGU online bachelor’s degree or master's degree in nursing or healthcare.


WGU Healthcare Partners Fund
For employees of WGU’s partner hospitals and healthcare organizations who wish to advance their education to become educators, managers, and leaders in vital healthcare fields.


Scholarships for Military Personnel, Veterans, and Spouses

WGU offers several scholarships for active-duty military personnel, military veterans, and their spouses. These awards may be used in addition to VA benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill and Military Tuition Assistance.

Scholarship Name Valued up to

WGU Military Spouse "Go Further" Scholarship
For military spouses enrolling at WGU to earn a degree in information technology, business, health professions, or education.


Scholarships from External Sources

Current and incoming WGU students are also occasionally eligible to apply for third-party scholarships offered by corporations and foundations. As WGU becomes aware of these opportunities, they will be listed here.

Click here to learn more about third-party scholarship opportunities.

Recognizing Our Donors

We’d like to thank our donors who make these scholarships possible. Learn more about our scholarship donors.


Questions & Answers

Click a question, see the answer to the right.

How do you select scholarship winners?

It depends upon the scholarship. In general, we award scholarships based on the following factors:

  • Meeting the basic eligibility requirements
  • Answers you give on the scholarship application
  • An interview with a scholarship counselor

Some scholarships are also based upon evaluations of prior college transcripts and other tests. We encourage you to apply.

When will I find out if I’m selected?

WGU evaluates scholarship applications on a continual basis because we start new students in their programs every month. Often we are able to make an award decision within two to four weeks of receiving your application. In most cases, you will also need to have applied for admission and been accepted to the university. An Enrollment Counselor can help explain the process.

Do I get the scholarship all at once?

No. Scholarship awards are divided into a set amount per term. This amount is credited against your tuition due for each term. The details are explained in the description for each scholarship.

Can I also apply for financial aid?

Yes. You probably should apply for federal financial aid, too. Scholarship awards will only cover a portion of your school expenses, and financial aid can help pay for the rest. You can apply for financial aid while you are waiting for a decision about your scholarship application. It will not hurt your chances to win a scholarship. Click here to learn more about or apply for financial aid.