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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.

Flat-rate tuition of $3,770 per term links cost to time.

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 about 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 average annual bachelor’s tuition rates are 57% the national average, compared to national rates reported by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. WGU average rate does not include rates for WGU Bachelor of Science, Nursing Prelicensure program.
WGU students pay half the tuition, and end up with half the debt of the national average.

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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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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WGU alumni shine on the job.

They're Prepared

95% said that their WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs

95% of employers said that WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs.

They're Top Candidates

96% said they would hire another WGU graduate

96% of employers said they would hire another WGU graduate.

They Wow

98% of employers said WGU graduates meet or exceed expectations

98% of employers said WGU graduates met or exceeded expectations.

Source: 2020 Harris Poll survey of 300 employers

Get started on your journey.

Let us know what kind of information you'd like and how you'd like us to be in touch. The personalized support you receive at WGU starts long before you become a student. In fact, it starts now:

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