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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, please email our specialized Financial Aid team at facounselors@wgu.edu 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 counseling 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 are eligible for one.

Affordable Connectivity Program

WGU is committed to increasing access to financial support opportunities, and you may be eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program.

This program was established to support broadband services and equipment, and provides a discount for broadband bills.

If you need documentation for the Affordable Connectivity Program, visit your student portal under the Financial Services tab, where you can print your financial aid offer.  Please contact WGU Financial Services by email to receive a new copy of your financial aid offer.

Scholarships

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,  please fill out a scholarship application for the Financial Support Fund, which will be reviewed by the scholarship committee. You will need to complete the General Application as well as the supplemental Financial Support Fund application. Once completed, the Scholarships team will contact you within 1–2 business days to complete the next steps.

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 emergencystudentaid@wgu.edu.

More Financial Resources

for Students

Links to state-based scholarships, loans, and grants