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WGU Student Emergency Aid Fund. Frequently asked questions.

What is the WGU Student Emergency Aid Fund?

The Fund will provide emergency aid to help current WGU students with non-tuition expenses that seriously jeopardize their academic journeys.

How can people donate to the WGU Student Emergency Aid Fund?

Those fortunate enough to have the ability to donate to the WGU Student Emergency Aid Fund can donate directly online with a credit card by visiting

Checks can be mailed to: 

WGU Advancement
Dept 372
PO Box 30015
Salt Lake City, UT 84130

For other donation methods, donors can connect with WGU Advancement by calling 385-428-6900 or emailing

How soon will students receive aid? 

The WGU Student Emergency Aid Fund is newly established and we need your help in building its foundation so students can begin receiving funds as soon as possible. With generous support from donors like you, students can begin receiving emergency aid by mid to late April 2020.

When can students apply and how will students in need be identified?  

With help from generous donors like you, the WGU Student Emergency Aid Fund will be open for applications by mid to late April 2020. Funds will be available to students in immediate financial need, as determined by WGU’s Scholarship and Financial Aid departments. Aid will be allocated based on need and inquiry. 

How will I know how my donation was received and will make a difference? 

All donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt and future communication about the impact their gift has made to WGU students. 

Will my contact information be sold or shared with any other entity? 


How long will WGU provide this level of support to its students? 

The WGU Student Emergency Aid Fund will not end when COVID-19 subsides. The Fund will be sustained to ensure that high-need students have a safety net during future disasters and crises.  

Can alumni benefit from this fund as well?

The WGU Student Emergency Aid Fund supports current WGU students only. 

Why should I give to WGU over other universities?  

The spread of the Coronavirus and its far-reaching impact will affect us all in some way, but many of our students—more than 70% of which are from an underserved population—will often be hit the hardest. We’re proud of the affordability we offer but understand that when faced with economic disruptions of this magnitude, food insecurity, housing insecurity and medical expenses will always outweigh tuition. We hope that our alumni and friends, especially those who understand the value of a WGU degree, will pay it forward in these trying times.  


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