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

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Earn an online degree in Washington.

Washington state has 63 colleges and universities, enrolling 245,596 students. Washington is full of students who are eager to learn, and many are wishing for more flexible options for education. Western Governors University is one of the few fully online universities available to Washington 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 October 2019, there are 10,012 WGU students in Wasington and  and 17,358 alumni. Washington has the largest population of WGU alumni in the U.S., giving you thousands of individuals to network and connect with. Joining this vast network could 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 Washington.

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 mastry 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

Jan 1

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! 

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WGU Washington—state affiliation.

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

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Online degrees in Seattle, Washington.

Seattle is seeing a boom in technology and manufacturing, drawing people to the city by the thousands. This increases the needs for educators and healthcare workers as well.  With a degree, you can be qualified to join these industries in Seattle. 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 Seattle you can join the thousands of WGU students in Washington who are changing their lives and futures.


"My daughter was born in the middle of my school term, but I was able to stop and be there for my family. That’s not something I could have done at another school.”

—Mike Johnson. Spokane Valley, WA

“The skills I’m gaining from WGU Washington are already helping me to be an effective healthcare professional and leader. In my career, I have always been driven by a desire for excellence and a desire to serve. My degree program helps me be my best in an incredibly important and rewarding industry.”

—James Ramponi. Bremerton, WA

Tuition for Washington 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.

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Recent WGU grads reported earning, on average, $12,600 more within one to two years of graduation, compared with income prior to enrollment...

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...and by four years after graduation, that salary increase averaged $18,400, compared with the national average of just $12,400.

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With an average cost of $16,500 for a bachelor’s degree, the return on investment of a WGU degree is about two years.

Financial options for WGU Washington students.

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

Scholarships in Washington.

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 general scholarship application.

The general application is required for all WGU scholarships and lets us learn more about you and which scholarships you may be eligible for. To access the application, you will need your MyWGU student portal credentials, which will be sent to you shortly after Step 1. You must complete the application within 90 days of your intended start date.

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3. Log in to the scholarship portal and apply.

Based on what you tell us in Step 2, we’ll let you know which scholarships you might be eligible for.  Finish up by reviewing the recommended opportunities and completing the supplemental application for each scholarship you’d like to be considered for by logging into the Scholarship Portal. These additional applications need to be submitted within 5 days of submitting the general application.

Federal financial aid.

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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 Washington.

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

Transfers for Washington 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 Washington 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 WGU Washington students.

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

  • Students in the Teacher's College earning a degree with teaching certification will have help getting licensed in Washington. The state of Washington has unique requirements for licensed teachers, and WGU will work to make sure you meet all the qualifications. Learn more about Washington licensure now.
  • WGU Washington students are unfortuntaely 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 Washington and are hoping to pursue nursing licensure, you might want to consider WGU's Health Services Coordination program instead.

WGU students in Washington and beyond.

WGU alumni in Washington and beyond.

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Next Start Date

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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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