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"The $2,500 Back to School Scholarship helped me afford my degree. It could help you too."

Choose WGU for Your Back to School Plans

Start When You're Ready

With degree programs that start the first of each month, any time is back-to-school time at WGU! That means, if you apply now, you don’t have to wait until next year to get started. WGU takes the barriers out of going back to school. Get started on your educational journey today. 

Tuition You Can Afford

Stretch your education dollars further! Affordable tuition—between $7,440 and $9,350 for most programs, fees included—means you can earn your degree with little or no new student debt. And, for a limited time, WGU's needs-based Back to School Scholarship—worth up to $2,500—can help put your academic goals within reach. 

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A Smarter Way to Complete Your Degree

Utilize your previous experience, ability to learn quickly, and extra time spent studying can help you graduate ahead of schedule. WGU allows you to do coursework at a pace that works for you, and revolves around your busy life.

See why our competency-based education model works 




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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Back to School Scholarship

Interested? Step 1: Apply for admission to WGU (we'll waive the $65 fee!) Step 2: Apply for this limited-time $2,000 scholarship opportunity!


Hear WGU Grads Tell Their Back-to-School Stories

“Enrollment was perfectly easy for me. I was able to submit online and somebody called me within a day to start the whole process. Within two or three weeks I was ready to go for my first term.” Bryon Denton
M.S. Nursing – Education


Learn, prove it, move on.

Competency-based education focuses on learning rather than seat time. You’re in the driver’s seat. Each course is a collection of defined competencies—knowledge and skills that employers are looking for from successful graduates. You study on your schedule. As soon as you can prove you’ve mastered the competencies, you take an assessment, pass it, and move on. You spend your time learning new concepts, not rehashing subjects you already know. You can set the pace to graduate early. And in the end, your degree is proof you’ve shown that you’re what employers are looking for!



Your success is our job.

From before you enroll to after you graduate, our #1 job is a better life for you and your family. Think of it as the best of both worlds; a program that offers complete independence and more support than you ever knew you needed—at exactly the moment you need it! From the enrollment counselor who helps you decide if WGU is the right fit for you, to the faculty mentors who are obsessed with your academic progress, to the student and tech support teams who are eager to help you solve any issues you might encounter as a student, you’re never alone—even though you’re online. And even after you’ve graduated, career and alumni support is just a call away.

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Smaller investment, bigger returns.

At WGU, affordability means cutting-edge programs at tuition rates that are half what you’d pay at other online universities. It means graduating with little or no student debt. It means scholarship and financial aid opportunities and minimal, transparent fees. It means a flat-rate per-term tuition so that when you save time, you also save money. And it means understanding that value includes quality, flexibility, relevance, and results, not just cost.

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