Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Earn an Accredited Degree Online with Little or No New Student Debt

How We Do It

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.

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Western Governors University Tuition

Tuition Rates and Fees:

As of November 1, 2014

Nursing Programs (MSN and BSN): $3,250 per term
B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure): $4,250 per term
Business Master’s Programs: $3,250 per term
Business Bachelor’s Programs: $2,890 per term
Information Technology Programs: $2,890 per term
Teachers College Programs: $2,890 per term
Resource Fee: $145 per term (non-refundable)
Application Fee: $65 (non-refundable)

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): $1,000
      Individuals 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 pursuing the M.S. in Educational Leadership will be assessed this one-time fee in their last term as they complete their practicum experience.

How Tuition Works

    • WGU has only one enrollment status: full-time. All students are expected to complete the minimum number of competency units per term (12 for undergraduate programs and 8 for graduate programs) to make On Time Progress toward graduation.
    • Tuition is charged at a flat rate per term (each term is six months long), regardless of the number of courses or competency units (CUs) attempted or completed by the student.
    • Most courses equal 3 or 4 competency units. Competency units are equivalent to a credit hour.
    • Tuition does not change based on the number of CUs completed in a term.

What Tuition Covers:

    • 24/7 access to your course materials and the WGU student portal, our online "campus."
    • Continuous one-to-one faculty support
    • Course assessments (subject to guidelines for individual assessments and the number of "re-takes" allowed).
    • The recognized industry certifications which are incorporated into many WGU degree programs.

Note: Tuition does not cover select other materials or special fees required for some courses and degree programs.

Satisfying Your Tuition Obligations

Paying With Financial Aid

Western Governors University's FAFSA Code: 033394

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 maybe eligible.

Federal Grants

    • Pell Grants: These need-based grants are awarded to students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree.
    • Supplemental Educational Opportunity (SEOG) Grants: These need-based grants are available for students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree and demonstrate exceptional financial need when filing the federal FAFSA.
    • Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants: Students who qualify for the TEACH Grant must agree to teach in a low-income, high-need school after graduation.

Student Loans

    • Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized): The interest on these need-based loans is paid by the federal government while you are enrolled in school at least half time or during deferment periods.
    • Federal Direct Loans (Unsubsidized): These loans are available to most WGU students. You are responsible for the interest from the day you borrow the money until you repay the loan.

Learn More about Loan Limits and Responsible Borrowing


Through the generosity of numerous corporations and foundations WGU offers a number of scholarships that are available to qualified students.

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Self Pay

For students who plan to pay for tuition without government assistance, payments or payment arrangements must be completed on or before:

    • The 22nd day of the month prior to program start date for new students paying first-term tuition.
    • The first day of the new term for second and subsequent terms.

Corporate Reimbursement

Many corporations and organizations offer tuition assistance or tuition reimbursement.

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Military Tuition Assistance

WGU’s degree programs are approved for Tuition Assistance for active-duty, reserve, and National Guard service members.

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Veterans Benefits

WGU's degree programs are approved for Veterans Administration (VA) education benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill®.

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Tuition and Financial Aid Deadlines

First Term

Subsequent Terms

For All Students

Payment or payment arrangements must be completed on or before the 22nd of the month prior to program start date.

Payment or payment arrangements must be completed on or before the 22nd of the month prior to program start date.

If Using Financial Aid

Complete the Financial Aid application process no later than the 22nd of the month prior to program start date.

Payment or payment arrangements must be completed on or before the 22nd of the month prior to program start date.

If Self Pay

Payment or payment arrangements must be completed on or before the 22nd of the month prior to program start date.

Payment or payment arrangements must be completed by the 1st day of the new term.

How to Pay Tuition:

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.

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WGU Financial Policies

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Consumer Information Guide

All institutions participating in federal financial student aid programs are required to notify enrolled and prospective students and current and prospective employees regarding available consumer information. This document provides access to required consumer information.

WGU Consumer Information Guide


Questions & Answers

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When do new terms begin?

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 by the 15th of the month prior to when 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) by the 22nd of the month prior to when you plan to start. An Enrollment Counselor can help you complete the admission process.

Is tuition refundable if I withdraw?

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.