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Western Governors University Our surprisingly low tuition helps you break down barriers and get a degree.

WGU makes an education affordable and accessible.

  • I can't afford to go back to school. You can! WGU's low tuition is charged per six-month term, not per credit.
  • I don't want to waste time. You won't! WGU's competency-based approach lets you move through courses as quickly as you master material. This means you can save money, and graduate faster.
  • I don't want to get into debt. Don't worry! With scholarships available, financial aid options, and responsible borrowing, WGU students take on much less debt than most college students around the country.

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WGU keeps tuition costs low for you.

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By charging per 6-month term rather than per credit hour—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or can learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees.

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As a nonprofit university, WGU puts students first. Earn your degree for half the cost of other online universities.

  • Flat-rate, low-cost tuition.
  • Financial aid and scholarships available.
  • VA and military options available.
  • All course materials, for one low fee.
  • Graduate with little or no new debt.
  • Take as many courses as you can per term.
  • Great return on investment.
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WGU is a nonprofit online university. What does this mean for you? It means we're driven by a mission, not by shareholders. It's part of what enables us to charge half the tuition of most other online universities. WGU is also approved to offer federal financial aid to those who qualify.

Our competency-based approach measures your progress through your successful completion of challenging assessments. If you have existing competencies from prior work and education, you may be able to draw upon this experience to complete your assessments faster and accelerate your degree program; this will save you both time and money.


See where a WGU degree has taken grads.

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How much more can I earn with a bachelor's degree?

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How do WGU grads use their degrees?

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Who else can I help with my WGU degree?

Industry and academic respect add value to your degree.

WGU is an innovator receiving praise from every sector. When your alma mater is respected, so is your degree.

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Employers love WGU grads.

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They're Prepared.

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Employers said that WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs.

They Perform.

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Employers rated WGU graduates' job performance as very good or excellent.

They Wow.

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Employers said their WGU graduates have exceeded their expectations.

They're Confident.

Blue double bar graph comparing how confident WGU grads were that their coursework related to their jobs WGU: 78%, U.S. avg: 68%

Graduates said the majority of their coursework was related to their jobs.

They're Working.

Green double bar graph comparing how many WGU grads are working full-time compared to grads from other universities. WGU: 88%, U.S. avg: 71%

Graduates are working full-time.

They're Satisfied.

Purple double bar graph comparing how many WGU grads felt satisfied that their degrees were worth paying for WGU: 91%, U.S. avg: 67%

Graduates said their degrees were worth the cost of their education.

Source: 2016 Harris Poll survey of 301 employers; 2016 Harris Poll Online survey of 1,403 new college graduates nationwide compared with survey of 1,207 WGU graduates; WGU--Gallup 2016 Report


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