WGU is committed to increasing equity of access to all individuals who desire to achieve a college degree. This grant, the Opportunity Grant, is an investment to allow underserved populations the funding necessary to achieve this goal. Created for individuals who do not have access to traditional state and federal funding—such as Pell Grants and student loans—this $10,000 grant will help up to 50 potential WGU students earn a bachelor's degree in any of WGU's four colleges.
Grant valued at up to:
This grant will be credited to your account at the rate of $2,500 per six-month term, renewable for up to three additional terms.
Interested in this grant? The first step is to apply for admission.
Deadline for application:
Before you can apply for this grant, you must first apply for admission.
Already applied for admission? Apply for this grant and other scholarships on the Scholarship Portal.
Other grants/scholarships available:
This grant is one of many grants and scholarships. 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.
Multiple grants will be awarded. However, this is a competitive program and grants 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 grant or scholarship that is funded or administered through WGU during their degree program. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens.
This grant can be used in addition to any tuition discounts for which you may be eligible.
Applicants must be ineligible to access FAFSA funding and provide a verified explanation of their lack of access.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.