WGU Scholarships

WGU NEA Academy Partner Scholarships

NEA Academy and WGU

WGU is pleased to offer the WGU NEA Academy Partner Scholarships. These scholarships, each valued up to $2,400, are designed to help NEA Academy members attend college online to earn their teaching master’s degrees.

Who the Scholarship is for

This scholarship is for:

  • NEA Academy members who are seeking to earn a master’s degree in education.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must:

  • Complete an application for admission.
  • Complete a scholarship application.
  • Submit official transcripts of all prior college work.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Be officially admitted to WGU.
  • Interview with a WGU Scholarship Counselor prior to award decision.
  • Participate in local, state, regional, or national association leadership positions as an NEA member.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation, with at least one from a leader at the local, state, regional, or national association.

You will also be required to identify the following:

  • Any local, state, regional, or national association-related leadership or engagement positions as an NEA member.
  • The number of years you’ve spent in each position.

Plus, you will need answer the following essay question:

  • In what ways have you been able to impact public education through your engagement as an NEA member?
    (Examples include: Support for public education in a bond issue that passed, giving students an upgraded school and equipment, etc.)

Multiple scholarships will be awarded. However, this is a competitive program and scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, financial need, readiness for online study at WGU, and current competency, plus other considerations.

NOTE: This scholarship is designed for new WGU students only. Students are eligible to apply for this scholarship up to 60 days prior to their start date and up to 60 days after starting a degree program. Students starting more than 90 days after submitting a scholarship application will not be considered for the scholarship. WGU employees and their spouses are not eligible to receive this scholarship.

Scholarship Value: $2,400 maximum

This scholarship will be credited to your account at the rate of $800 per six-month term, renewable for up to three terms.

For most WGU programs, tuition for a six-month term is $2,890, less the $800 per term scholarship.

Eligible Programs

WGU Teachers College:

Scholarship Policies

Before monies are distributed, the scholarship recipients must read the WGU Student Handbook and agree to and understand the academic progress, tuition, and refund policies. The student will also be required to sign a WGU Scholarship Agreement before monies will be awarded. The student must also meet the university’s On Time Progress requirements to maintain scholarship eligibility. Recipients must be U.S. citizens.

Financial Aid is Also Available

You may choose to pay for the remaining portion of your degree through federal financial aid (subject to your eligibility). Pell Grants, which do not have to be repaid, are granted based on financial need. Federal Unsubsidized Student Loans are available to most students. Subsidized loans, which are dependent on financial need, reduce the interest due on loans.

Click here to learn more about financial aid.

About the Scholarship

The WGU NEA Academy Partner Scholarships are designed to help NEA Academy members attend college online to earn their teaching master’s degrees. Although WGU’s competency-based approach makes it possible for students to accelerate the time it takes for them to complete their degree program, the scholarship awards are based on a reasonable experience (based on the eligible programs listed above) of four, six-month terms for completion of a master’s degree. Actual time to completion will depend upon the incoming student’s prior experience, academic background, and time commitment to study.

If you would like to discuss the scholarship program or WGU’s degrees before submitting an application for this scholarship, feel free to speak to an Enrollment Counselor toll-free at 1-866-225-5948.

Note: Before you can apply for this scholarship, you must first apply for admission.

Note: Scholarships are awarded on a monthly basis.

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Questions and Answers

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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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