As part of our partnership with the California Community College Chancellor's Office (CCCCO), Western Governors University is proud to offer the California Gap Scholarship exclusively for students who completed an ADT (Associate Degree for Transfer) or A.S. in Nursing program at a California Community College. Applicants must also be receiving Pell Grant assistance and looking to continue their education to pursue a four-year degree.
This scholarship, combined with Pell Grant assistance, is designed to make your WGU degree attainable with very little out-of-pocket cost.
Scholarship valued up to:
This scholarship amount will vary, dependent upon the student's Pell grant amount.
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
Bachelor’s degree programs:
WGU Teachers College
College of Business
College of Information Technology
College of Health Professions
To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:
- Be transferring in from an ADT program or AS in Nursing.
- Submit transcripts of previous college coursework.
- Be continually enrolled.
- Be PELL eligible.
- Meet academic eligibility by maintaining OTP.
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. NOTE: The California Gap Scholarship cannot be used to pay program fees.
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.
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.