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 education goals and improving your career opportunities. It’s part of our investment in the future of our students.

Available Scholarships 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.)


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For HR professionals who wish to advance their careers and earn a bachelor's or master's in an HR-centered degree program.


For students with previous academic experience who can define how the WGU model will help them graduate.


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


For WGU alums who are interested in pursuing a master's degree.


For students with at least 20 college credits under their belt who want to finish what they started.


For experienced IT or healthcare professionals who wish to attend college online to move into the high-demand field of health informatics.

In honor of National Nurses Week, May 6 through May 12, WGU will award multiple scholarships to motivated nurses who are ready to take on the increasing challenges of today’s hospitals.


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For ANPD members looking to earn a WGU online bachelor’s degree or master's degree in nursing or healthcare.


WGU has partnered with the Western Association of Food Chains to help employees of eligible WAFC partner institutions earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree.


WGU has partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service to help AmeriCorps alumni finish a bachelor’s or master’s degree.


For graduates and staff of WGU partner community colleges looking to earn a WGU bachelor’s degree.


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.


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


Western Governors University has partnered with Free For Charity to offer scholarships for professionals working in the nonprofit sector seeking a master's or undergraduate degree.


Western Governors University has partnered with National Association of Community Colleges with Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP) to offer scholarships for graduates and staff of NACCTEP-affiliated community colleges to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree and obtain teacher licensure.


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


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


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



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WGU has partnered with the National Military Family Association to offer active duty, veteran military personnel, and their spouses an opportunity to advance their education.



Step #1


All applicants are required to apply for admissions to be eligible to apply for WGU Scholarships. If you have already applied, please proceed to step 2. If you have not, please apply now.

Step #2


To be considered for any WGU Scholarship, you will need to complete the General Scholarship Application. To access the application, go to the scholarship application website and sign in using your MyWGU student portal credentials. It is recommended that you apply for scholarships within 60 days of your intended start date.

Step #3


Each WGU scholarship opportunity has an individual application, which consists of 1-5 supplemental questions. Once you complete the general application, review the list of possible scholarships and complete the application for each scholarship of interest. You have 5 days from submitting your general application to complete any of these supplemental applications. Any applications submitted after that timeframe will not be considered.



Select a question from the left, see the answer on 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.

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