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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 Ohio.

Ohio is home to 190 colleges and universities that enroll 413,335 students. Higher education is huge in Ohio, with a large network of students and professionals working to earn degrees. More options are always beneficial, and flexibility is key to helping many of these students earn degrees. 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 in Ohio, from businesses to hospitals to schools. As of March 2021, there are 4,045 WGU students in Ohio and 5,969 alumni. Ohio 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 Ohio.

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! 

WGU Ohio—state affiliation.

WGU offers a specific and unique state-affiliation with Ohio to help residents complete their degree, and to meet workforce needs in the state. This affiliation means that WGU Ohio is the official WGU option for Ohio residents, and offers them specific opportunities within the state. Learn more about your specific opportunities as a WGU Ohio student.

Online degrees in Cleveland, Ohio.

Health care and technology are two booming industries in Cleveland. Biomedical technology in particular is seeing an impressive increase in Cleveland. If you live in Cleveland and are hoping to find your dream job, a degree from WGU can help you get the qualifications you need. WGU allows you to earn your degree completely online and on your schedule. Get started with a great future by applying to WGU today.

Online degrees in Columbus, Ohio.

The automotive industry is a huge field in the Columbus region. Similarly, technology and healthcare are finding increasing footing in this area. WGU offers degree opportunities that can help you get the skills and qualifications to enter any of these fields. Columbus residents have a unique opportunity to earn their degrees while continuing with their full-time jobs and family responsibilities.

Online degrees in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Cincinnati is a huge city focused on manufacturing. Because of the many manufacturing plants and workers, there is also a huge need for education and healthcare. WGU can help offer Cincinnati residents a way to earn a degree that will propel them into this exciting workforce. Business degrees can help students prepare for management and leadership positions, and teaching or healthcare degrees can help meet needs. 

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“My enrollment experience... it was great. It was kind of seamless. I had an experience with online education before. Actually that's what I do. And from the first moment I spoke to my enrollment counselor got me excited about it. And they tell you what the different benefits are, the format and everything, and so it was easy. Just getting started, if you have access to a laptop, a computer, you have basic ability, they can virtually take your hand and walk you through everything. If you want it, it's there. Getting enrolled and getting started is easy-peasy.”

—Dale Boolton. West Chester, OH

"I would recommend WGU to anybody. I've recommended it to family and friends and to different teachers that I work with right now who are looking to pursue their degrees. I just really enjoy my overall experience. It was great. I didn't have any problems. And if there was concerns it was handled professionally and done right away. "

—Alicia Prout

Tuition for Ohio 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 Ohio 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 Ohio.

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 Ohio.

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

Transfers for Ohio 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 Ohio 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 Ohio students.

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

  • Students in the Teachers College earning a degree with teaching certification will have help getting licensed in Ohio. Ohio has unique requirements for licensed teachers, and WGU will work to make sure you meet all the qualifications. Learn more about Ohio licensure now.
  • Ohio students are unfortunately unable to get a nursing prelicensure degree from WGU. Registered nurses can pursue degrees, but those who don't currently have a registered nursing license will be unable to obtain one from WGU. If you live in Ohio and are hoping to pursue a medical career, you might want to consider WGU's Health Services Coordination program instead.

WGU students in Ohio and beyond.

WGU alumni in Ohio 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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