At WGU, student success is our focus. That's why we pioneered a unique learning model that allows you to be in the driver's seat of your education. For 25 years, WGU has been measuring skills and learning rather than time spent in the classroom. What does that mean for you? If you learn faster, you can accelerate through your courses and graduate sooner.
As a resident of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, you can put our model to work for you while taking advantage of the WGU Bridge to Success Scholarship to make your college degree even more affordable. We want to help you start (or finish!) your education to meet both your personal goals and the growing demand by employers.
With WGU's flexible approach to higher education and this scholarship, exclusively for Minneapolis-St. Paul residents, you'll be ready for the next step in your career.
Scholarship valued up to:
This scholarship will be credited to your account at the rate of $1,250 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms.
Interested in this scholarship? The first step is to apply for admission.
Deadline for application:
Before you can apply for this scholarship, you must first apply for admission.
Already applied for admission? Apply for scholarships on the Scholarship Portal.
Other scholarships available:
This scholarship is one of many. Through the generosity of numerous corporations and foundations, plus special federal government appropriations, WGU maintains a robust program of scholarships made available to qualified students.
Degrees and programs eligible for this scholarship
All bachelor's and master’s programs:
WGU Teachers College
College of Business
College of Information Technology
College of Health Professions
Multiple scholarships will be awarded. However, this is a competitive program and scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, financial need, readiness for online study at WGU, and current competency, plus other considerations.
Before monies are distributed, the scholarship recipients must read the WGU Student Handbook and agree to and understand the academic progress, tuition, and refund policies. The student will also be required to agree to the WGU Scholarship Terms and Conditions before monies will be awarded. The student must also meet the university’s On Time Progress requirements to maintain scholarship eligibility. Each student can only be awarded one scholarship that is funded or administered through WGU during their degree program. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens.
This scholarship can be used in addition to any tuition discounts for which you may be eligible.
3 Steps to Apply for WGU Scholarships
Now that you've looked at scholarship requirements and found one to apply for, here are the steps to apply.
1. Complete the admissions application.
To be considered for any WGU scholarships, you must be provisionally accepted as a WGU student. Complete the admissions application and work with your Enrollment Counselor to move through the admissions process.
NOTE: Returning WGU graduates should complete the Returning Graduate Application.Apply to WGU
2. Complete the scholarship application.
To access the application in the Scholarship Portal, you will need your MyWGU student portal credentials, which will be sent to you shortly after Step 1.
NOTE: You are eligible to apply for scholarships 90 days before and up to 30 days after starting a degree program.
3. Wait for decision.
Check status of your application in the Scholarship Portal.
Common Questions About Scholarships
How do you select scholarship recipients?
It depends upon the scholarship. In general, we award scholarships based on the following factors:
- Meeting the basic eligibility requirements
- Answers you give on the scholarship application
- An interview with a scholarship specialist
Some scholarships are also based upon evaluations of prior college transcripts and other tests. We encourage you to apply.
When will I find out if I’m selected?
WGU evaluates scholarship applications on a continual basis because we start new students in their programs every month. Often we are able to make an award decision within 8–10 weeks of receiving your application. In most cases, you will also need to have applied for admission and been accepted to the university. An Enrollment Counselor can help explain the process.
Do I get the scholarship all at once?
No. Scholarship awards are divided into a set amount per term. This amount is credited against your tuition due for each term. The details are explained in the description for each scholarship.
Can I also apply for financial aid?
Yes. You probably should apply for federal financial aid, too. Scholarship awards will only cover a portion of your school expenses, and financial aid can help pay for the rest. You can apply for financial aid while you are waiting for a decision about your scholarship application. It will not hurt your chances to win a scholarship. Click here to learn more about or apply for financial aid.
Thank you to our donors.
Scholarship opportunities are made possible in part by the generous support of many companies, foundations, partner organizations, and individuals, including WGU alumni, faculty, and staff.
Learn how donors can make a difference at WGU by visiting wgu.edu/advancement.
Financial aid is also available.
You may choose to pay for the remaining portion of your degree through federal financial aid (subject to your eligibility). Pell Grants, which do not have to be repaid, are granted based on financial need. Federal Direct Student Loans are available to all students. Subsidized loans, which are dependent on financial need, reduce the interest due on loans.