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Student Financial Resources

Financial Options During Hardship

WGU is committed to supporting our students during times of unexpected financial challenge. Whatever you are facing, we are committed to helping you continue to pursue your education and reach your career goals. The resources listed below are intended to support students when their ability to pay for tuition and educational expenses have been impacted. Please know that these resources are offered through the generous support of the WGU Board of Trustees; donations from employees, students, and alumni; and external foundation supporters of WGU.

Financial Aid Revision

If you have experienced extenuating financial circumstances since you completed your 2022–23 FAFSA or since the 2020 tax year, your financial aid request may be adjusted for special circumstances.  If you haven’t already, email us and provide a brief summary of how your financial situation has changed since you completed your 2022–23 FAFSA or since the 2020 tax year. 

The Financial Aid team will then determine if your circumstances would warrant a Professional Judgment that may improve your eligibility parameters for additional federal grants or loans.  They will provide instructions and documentation requirements for a Professional Judgment if you're eligible for one.


If you are concerned about a tuition balance you currently have on your student account or anticipate a balance you will not be able to pay in a future term,  we encourage you to apply for some of our hardship funds available for current students on our ScholarshipUniverse platform.  You can also explore scholarship opportunities external to WGU via the same site. 

WGU scholarship funding is prioritized at this time for students who have completed at least one term with WGU and are utilizing all available resources to pay tuition, including federal and state grants, student loans, and employer-sponsored tuition reimbursement.

Additional Support

If you have financial needs you are concerned about outside of tuition on your WGU account, please email WGU at

More Financial Resources

for Students

Links to state-based scholarships, loans, and grants