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Are you ready to take control of your future and earn a degree? WGU is here to help.


Earn an online degree in Florida.

Florida, the sunshine state is home to 138 colleges and universities and 559,357 students. Florida is full of students who dream of pursuing higher education, and many who would like to find a  more flexible option. Western Governors University is one of the few fully online universities available to Florida students. WGU offers over 60 online degree programs in business, education, health, and information technology. These online degree programs lead students to diverse jobs with top organizations, from schools, to hospitals, to businesses. As of March 2021, there are 6,528 WGU students in Florida and 11,212 alumni. Florida has a wide network of students and alumni who can help you transform your career, and your life. Discover why out of all the universities you can choose from, WGU is considered one of the best online colleges in Florida.

Competency-based education. Our competency-based education program means you can utilize your past knowledge and experience to accelerate through material you know. Once you can prove your mastery of material, you get to move forward, allowing you to graduate faster.

Affordable tuition. WGU offers low, flat-rate tuition charged per six-month-term, not per credit. We also offer financial aid and scholarships to help make your tuition even more affordable.

Flexible, online programs. WGU offers fully online programs that are perfect for busy adults. School fits into your schedule so you can continue to work and fulfill your family obligations while earning a degree.

Transfer credits taken. Our generous transfer policy allows you to get credit for your past school experience. Many WGU students bring transfer credits that help them graduate faster.

Next Start Date

Start the 1st of any month—as soon as you complete enrollment!

Start dates every month.

WGU offers start dates on the first of every month, so you don't have to wait to begin. You just have to apply and work with an Enrollment Counselor to get all your transfer credits figured out, and you'll be on your way. Your degree is closer than you think! 

Online degrees in Tampa, Florida.

Tampa is seeing expansive growth in financial services and information systems industries, with predictions that those areas will continue to grow. With a degree, you can be qualified to join these industries in Tampa. WGU can help you earn a degree and get the credentials you need to get your dream job. At WGU, we want to work within your schedule and your life. That's why we offer fully online degrees that are accessible on your schedule. If you live in Tampa you can join the thousands of WGU students in Florida who are changing their lives and futures.

Online degrees in Miami, Florida.

Miami is sometimes considered the cruise capital of the country, with booming tourism and trade. Business graduates will find expansive opportunities in Miami. WGU can help you earn a degree and get the credentials you need to get your dream job. At WGU, we work hard to make sure school fits into your schedule and your lifestyle. That's why we offer fully online degrees that are accessible 24/7, with low, flat-rate tuition. If you live in Miami you can join the thousands of WGU students in Florida who are changing their lives and futures.

Online degrees in Orlando, Florida.

Orlando is well known for being a top tourist destination, but is also seeing a huge boom in healthcare. There are a wide variety of job openings in Orlando, and many of those careers require a degree. WGU can help you earn that degree and get the credentials you need to get your dream job. Our low, flat-rate tuition helps make earning a degree even more affordable. If you live in the Orlando area, a degree can help you get into the healthcare, education, IT, or business industries. Your future is secure with the help of WGU.

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“That’s what WGU is for. It’s for people with real-world experience. A lot of the time, that real-world experience can really help you in your assignments and courses.”

—Lissete Rico. Lehigh Acres, FL

“What I got during my education at WGU was so current and I could actually transfer it right away into what I was teaching. It wasn’t like I had to wait until my education was over so I could start applying it.”

—Elizabeth Pendas. Royal Palm Beach, FL

Tuition for Florida students.

No matter where you live, WGU tuition is the same. We base our tuition on your program and it is charged per six-month term, not per credit. This helps you know exactly what to expect, and helps us keep costs low. Discover what your tuition will be based on your program choice.

By providing useful information and advice on responsible borrowing before enrollment, keeping tuition low while you’re enrolled, and providing programs that lead to better jobs after graduation, WGU packs a one-two-three punch designed to keep your debt low and your return on investment quick.

On average, WGU graduate see an increase in income post-graduation of $18,200 after two years and $25,900 after four years.

Financial options for Florida students.

Tuition at WGU is lower than most other universities, traditional or online. We offer low, flat-rate tuition charged per six-months, not per credit. Our competency-based education also allows you to move through courses more quickly, cutting down your overall cost. And on top of our low-rate tuition, we offer financial aid options to help provide affordable ways to earn your degree.

Scholarships in Florida.

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.

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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.

Scholarship Application

3. Wait for decision.

Check status of your application in the Scholarship Portal.

Federal financial aid.

When you complete the FAFSA, be sure to list WGU’s school code.
Code: 033394

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. 

Partnerships in Florida.

WGU has partnerships with Florida cities, schools, and businesses that can offer tuition assistance or reimbursement. Discover if your Florida business, school, or city has a connection with WGU that can help you make our already-low tuition even more affordable. 

Transfers for Florida students.

WGU has a generous transfer policy that allows you to use your previous schooling for credit towards your degree. We even partner with several Florida community colleges to help you utilize your associate's degree or other college credits. You can work with your Enrollment Counselor to get your transcripts and discover exactly how your credits will transfer. 

Specific programs for Florida students.

There are a few state-specific elements of WGU programs for Florida students:

  • Students in the Teachers College earning a degree with teaching certification will have help getting licensed in Florida. Florida has unique requirements for licensed teachers, and WGU will work to make sure you meet all the qualifications. Learn more about Florida licensure now.
  • Florida is one of the few states where WGU offers the Nursing Prelicensure program. WGU has worked with Florida clinics and hospitals to offer rotations and experiences for students pursuing a nursing degree and license. Students who want to become registered nurses in Florida have the unique opportunity to obtain their degree through WGU, which will prepare them for the NCLEX exam and licensing. Florida offers in-clinic and in-hospital experiences that are vital to obtain licensure.

WGU students in Florida and beyond.

WGU alumni in Florida and beyond.

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Start the 1st of any month—as soon as you complete enrollment!

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No need to wait for spring or fall semester. It's back-to-school time at WGU year-round. Get started by talking to an Enrollment Counselor today, and you'll be on your way to realizing your dream of a bachelor's or master's degree.

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WGU Frequently Asked Questions.

WGU offers flexible pacing, meaning you can move through courses at a pace that meets your learning style and knowledge level.  Students can go as fast as they can but not as slowly.  Students are required to complete a minimum number of competency units per term to meet on-time progress. However, if you choose to study at 3 am daily, that we can accommodate. 

WGU has a generous transfer policy. Our transcripts department can accept official copies of transcripts from your previous educational institutions for a course-by-course evaluation that compares the context of your courses to those in our programs, to tell you what is comparable and transferable.

Your personal progress will be determined by the extent of your transfer units, your time commitment, and your determination to proceed at a faster rate. Traditionally, without an associate’s degree or equivalent, it will take 2 to 2.5 years.  Master's degree programs are designed to be completed within 2 years.  However, we work on a competency-based model, which gives you credit for passing assessments and proving you can perform a task or understand a course of study proficiently. 

Yes! If you are able to complete the minimum requirement before your term is over, you can add more courses, with no tuition increase.

WGU is approved to offer federal student aid. You will need to apply using the FAFSA, which is used to determine your eligibility for aid. WGU’s FAFSA school code is 033394.

Yes! WGU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the highest form of accreditation.

WGU offers competency-based education. Competency-based learning means our online degrees are based on real-world competencies as opposed to seat time or credit hours.  Our focus in on ensuring you possess the skills and knowledge you need to be successful, not whether you’ve attended class or not.  If you already have knowledge in an area a course covers, you’ll be able to draw upon this experience to complete assessments faster, ultimately saving you both time and money.

WGU students and alumni have access to career services which include professional development, career exploration, and career planning. WGU also has partner employers who share full-time, part-time, and paid internship opportunities.

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