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A scholarship can make your degree even more affordable.
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.
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 Loves Nurses Scholarship
To celebrate Nurses Week, WGU will award scholarships to motivated nurses who are ready to take on the increasing challenges of today’s hospitals.
Linda Knodel Nursing Leadership and Management MSN Scholarship
Honoring the leadership of Linda Knodel as she completes her term as AONE President, WGU will award this scholarship to a new MSN student at who exemplifies the spirit and commitment to leadership exemplified by Linda.
WGU Continuing Graduates Scholarship For Night Owls who have earned a bachelor’s degree from WGU in the past year and are ready to begin a master's degree.
Education that Works for You Scholarship WGU will award 50 students scholarships based on their previous academic experience and ability to define how the WGU model will help them graduate.
WGU Excellence in Education Scholarship For current teachers to improve their skill set in the classroom or move into administration, or to assist aspiring teachers in obtaining the required credentials for a rewarding career as an educator.
WGU Excellence in Health Informatics Scholarship For experienced IT or healthcare professionals planning to attend college online to move into the high-demand field of health informatics.
WGU Community College Partner Scholarship For graduates of WGU partner community colleges looking to earn a WGU bachelor’s degree.
WGU AmeriCorps Scholarship WGU has partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service to help AmeriCorps alumni finish a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
WGU Leaders in Nonprofit Scholarship 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.
WGU NACCTEP Scholarship 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.
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 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.
ANPD Excellence in Nursing Education 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.
WGU often 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. Please check back. These opportunities will be listed here as they become available.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
WGU Military Appreciation Scholarship 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.
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.
We’d like to thank our donors who make these scholarships possible. Learn more about our scholarship donors.
It depends upon the scholarship. In general, we award scholarships based on the
Some scholarships are also based upon evaluations of prior college transcripts and
other tests. We encourage you to apply.
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.
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.
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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