Tuition & Financial Aid
Earn a respected degree. At about half the cost.
WGU is committed to keeping tuition low—in fact, we're about half the cost of most other online universities. Our priority is to help you graduate with less student debt—or none at all.
WGU charges tuition at a flat rate every term. The more courses you complete each term, the more affordable your degree program becomes.
Tuition and fee details by college:
The average student loan debt of WGU graduates in 2019 was less than half the national average. WGU has a three-pronged commitment to keeping your debt low and your return on investment quick:
- Provide useful information and advice on responsible borrowing.
- Keep tuition low.
- Offer degree programs that lead to better-paying jobs after graduation.
Since the launch of WGU's Responsible Borrowing Initiative in 2013, the average borrowing of students who take loans has decreased by more than 40%. Undergraduate students at WGU graduate with half the debt of their peers across the country, and the university's three-year loan default rate is also less than half the national average1.
1 3-Year Loan Default Rate, Fiscal Year 2016 Cohort, Source: The Institute for College Access & Success
Our commitment is to empower you to finance your education responsibly.Learn more about our Responsible Borrowing Initiative.
A WGU degree delivers superior results—it means you’ve demonstrated mastery of real-world competencies that employers are looking for. As a result, WGU grads frequently get jobs that more than pay for their education in a short amount of time.
In a 2019 Harris Poll survey, recent WGU grads reported earning, on average, $11,800 a year more within two years of graduation, compared with income prior to enrollment. By four years after graduation, that income increase averaged $20,300, compared with the national average of $8,200. With an average cost of $16,500 for a bachelor’s degree, most WGU graduates see a positive return on their investment in less than 3 years.
“WGU is very affordable. It works for my life schedule. And you know what? It works for my budget, too!” Zachary Cummings
MBA IT Management
WGU has a mission to help students receive their education, without taking on mountains of student loans. WGU's Responsible Borrowing Initiative is helping students reduce their student debt at an impressive pace. Students are also defaulting on their student loans at less than half the national average rate. WGU's goal is to offer high-quality education to students, with tuition that is affordable.
Many WGU students receive scholarships and grants that make earning their degrees even more affordable. WGU provides a number of scholarship opportunities, thanks to the university's own funds as well as third-party contributions.
WGU is proud to offer a flexible, affordable education that fits the needs of America’s service members, veterans, and their families. Your WGU online degree program will travel with you no matter where you’re deployed or stationed. Our programs are approved for benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill®, and because our tuition and fees are so low, veterans will usually find all of their costs covered by their government benefits.
WGU has been named a top military-friendly university for 10 consecutive years by Military Advanced Education Magazine and for five straight years by G.I. Jobs Magazine.
Common questions about tuition and financial aid.
As a nonprofit university, WGU doesn’t need to benefit shareholders. Our students are our main concern. We also try to keep our operating costs low. And since we’re an exclusively online university, we don’t need to maintain expensive classroom buildings, a campus, and other non-academic programs.
Using financial aid is a personal decision. When making this decision, you should know that a degree is a great investment in yourself that will pay for itself many times over. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree earn on average almost a million dollars more over the course their careers compared to those without one. A master’s degree typically has a similar impact on your wallet. You should definitely consider federal financial aid if it means the difference between getting your degree or not. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to learn more.
Tuition for the full term is due by the 1st day of each term. Financial clearance is due for new students on or before the 22nd of the month proceeding the first day of the first term. Acceptance of term registration confirms agreement to pay tuition in full.
For a small enrollment fee, WGU offers a payment plan for those who cannot pay in full by the required date. To enroll in a payment plan, select the "Make or View Payments” link in the Financial Services section on the Student Support tab in your student portal. Payment or payment plan participation is required by the first day of each new term. Students in an active bankruptcy, or who have a prior payment plan default, are not eligible for a WGU payment plan.
At WGU we offer flat-rate tuition, which means there is no cost per class! You pay the tuition amount for a six-month term—the number of classes you complete in that six-months is up to you. You can move through courses as quickly as you master the material with no additional fees for every class. At WGU, graduating faster means you pay less.