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WGU has not raised tuition rates since 2008, demonstrating our commitment to keeping tuition low and maximizing the value and affordability of all of our online degree programs.
At WGU, tuition is charged at a flat rate each term and covers all coursework completed in that time. The more courses you complete each term, the more affordable your degree becomes.
Each WGU term is six months long and can begin on the first of any month. Unlike other schools, you aren't charged per course or per credit, so if you earn your degree ahead of schedule, you save both time and money.
NOTE: WGU does not “profit” from application fees, as they help offset only a small portion of enrollment and admissions costs. WGU charges a $145 Resource Fee each term. This fee helps cover your use of the online library, e-textbooks, and many other learning resources. With few exceptions, required textbooks are available as e-textbooks, so you won’t have to purchase hard copy textbooks.
Science Lab Fee: $350 (one time)Individuals pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in science education will require a home science lab and will be assessed this one-time charge (billed separately along with the first term's tuition).
Consolidated Nursing Program Fee: $350 (one time)Individuals pursuing a nursing degree will be assessed a one-time charge (billed separately along with the first term's tuition). This one-time fee covers any and all additional expenses related to nursing coursework. These can include lab work, third-party exams, and selected learning resources.
Demonstration Teaching (standard): $1,000Individuals enrolled in a Teachers College program that includes student teaching must pay a $100 application fee, plus a $900 demonstration teaching fee prior to their in-classroom teaching practicum.
Educational Leadership Practicum: $1,000 (one time)Individuals in the Educational Leadership Endorsement Preparation program or the master of science program will be assessed this one-time fee in their last term as they complete their practicum experience.
WGU treats all students as "full-time" and charges tuition at a flat rate regardless of the number of competency units (credit equivalents) attempted or completed by the student in a six-month term. The "standard term" is based on completion of at least 12 competency units per term for undergraduate (bachelor’s) students and 8 competency units per term for graduate (master’s) students. Students who complete more or fewer units are charged the same tuition rates (see above).
Note: Tuition does not cover some selected other materials or special fees required for some courses and degree programs.
The majority of WGU students are independent adults supporting themselves and their families, and federal financial aid makes it possible for them to complete their degrees. There are different types of financial aid for which you may be eligible.
Through the generosity of numerous corporations and foundations WGU offers a number of scholarships that are available to qualified students.
For students who plan to pay for tuition without government assistance, payments or payment arrangements must be completed on or before:
Many corporations and organizations offer tuition assistance or tuition reimbursement.
WGU's degree programs are approved for Tuition Assistance for active-duty, reserve, and National Guard service members.
WGU's degree programs are approved for Veterans Administration (VA) education benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill®.
"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—MathematicsCollege Place, Washington, USA
WGU accepts cash, checks, web checks/EFT credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) at no additional cost to the student through the online “Make or View Payments” link in the student portal. WGU does not accept post-dated checks. WGU will not hold any check for deposit past the date of the receipt of the check. WGU will not be responsible for any bank fees associated with the deposit of said check.
All institutions participating in federal financial student aid programs are required to notify enrolled and prospective students and current and prospective employees reguarding available consumer information. This document provides access to required consumer information.
New terms begin on roughly the first day of every month (some exceptions apply)
for most programs. After you have applied and been accepted for admission, you must complete an Intake Interview — generally about one week before you plan to start. You’ll also be required to make arrangements to pay your first term’s tuition (either self-pay or through financial aid) prior to your intended start date. An Enrollment Counselor can help you complete the
The application fee and resource fee are not refundable. Students who withdraw from WGU or stop progress
through the 60-percent (60%) point of a six-month term of enrollment for which tuition
is assessed will receive a prorated tuition refund. After that point,
there is no provision for a refund.
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