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WGU & Los Angeles Chargers Inspiring Change in the LA Community

Two Teams. One Goal. Create Opportunity for All through Education.

The Chargers love their fans. And WGU loves our grads. That’s why we’re partnering to create more equitable, affordable access to quality education. 

  • WGU is offering 12 scholarships to Chargers fans, each valid for one year of free tuition at our accredited, non-profit, online university. 
  • In addition to the scholarships above, WGU has also partnered with LAUSD as part of the Chargers Football and Formulas initiative, where WGU has developed a free online STEM program for LA’s middle school students and teachers.

The LA Chargers and WGU recently partnered with LAUSD for a First Books Event to donate books to Heninger Elementary school students in Santa Ana, CA. 

An Investment in Education

“The Chargers are excited to partner with Western Governors University to integrate sports and higher education within the local community. This partnership is truly an investment in education and career advancement. By working with schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District the Chargers and WGU will continue to engage with local youth through various events and touch points designed to help students build a foundation for future success.”

–Heather Birdsall, LA Chargers Director of Community Partnerships

Inspiring Change in LA

At WGU, we believe in creating pathways to opportunity. The Chargers-WGU partnership is proud to inspire change in LA through outreach with Los Angeles Unified School District and the Football and Formulas initiative as well as through full year tuition scholarships to members of the LA community.

Make 2022 Your Year. Apply Now for the Scholarship.

Created just for LA Chargers fans, this need-based scholarship program will provide 12 awards equal to a full-year tuition! Recipients can use their funds to earn a respected bachelor’s or master’s degree in business, IT, healthcare, or education.

Meet the First Recipients of a One-Year Scholarship to WGU!

Through a partnership with the Los Angeles Chargers, two Los Angeles County WGU students have been awarded one-year full-tuition scholarships in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

WGU students Veronica Gomez, a project manager, and Jacklyn Hernandez, a patient service representative, are both pursuing an MBA. Rick Benbow, WGU's Regional Vice President, presented them with their scholarships and prizes at the Chargers Practice Facility in Costa Mesa, California. In addition to the scholarships, recipients were awarded two tickets to a Chargers game.


Rick Benbow, Veronica Gomez and Jacklyn Hernandez Rick Benbow, WGU's Regional Vice President, presents Veronica Gomez and Jacklyn Hernandez with the scholarship.

WGU Supports Our Military Students

The Chargers-WGU partnership is also proud to honor our veterans and members of the military community. This includes Hannah Vandertie who is pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing at WGU. See her surprised with a scholarship here.

Surprising Students with the Gift of Education

Mariama Fofanah is an LA resident from Sierra Leone who is studying special education at WGU. This degree is not offered in her home country and she wants to use it to be a safe haven in the special needs community. See her surprised with a scholarship here.

Why Chargers Fans Are a Great Fit for WGU

As the official education partner of the Los Angeles Chargers, WGU is committed to helping fans like you earn a life-changing degree.

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Accessible, affordable higher education:

  • Did you know that 69% of WGU’s students come from one or more underserved populations? 1 Whether you’re a first-generation college student, student of color, or come from a low-income family, we believe everyone deserves access to a quality higher education.
  • WGU also awarded nearly $20 million in need-based scholarships last year alone and has additional grants and financial aid programs that can significantly lower the cost of your degree. In fact, our grads average 49% less debt2 and a 1.5-year payback on their tuition investment!3
1Self-reported data at the time of enrollment.
2Data from the Institute for College Access & Success.
3WGU-Harris Poll survey.

College that works around your schedule:

  • Take tests and turn in assignments when you want with no set log-in times or class schedules. WGU’s online degree programs are flexible enough to balance around your work, family life, or other responsibilities. 
  • All WGU degree programs are competency based. Competency-based learning means you can progress through your coursework as quickly as you master the material—the faster you complete your courses, the more time and money you save.
  • No more waiting around—begin your degree program the first day of any month and graduate any day of the year. 
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Support for every step:

  • WGU’s dedicated enrollment team will get you started and answer any questions you might have. 
  • Meet with your program mentor regularly to plan out your education roadmap, set goals, and get the personalized support you need from day one through graduation. 
  • Students with little to no college experience can enroll with WGU Academy to prepare for their bachelor’s programs.

Earn Your Degree for About Half* of the Cost of Other Online Universities

*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.
  • Low, flat-rate tuition.
  • Graduate faster and with less debt.
  • Financial aid and scholarships available.
  • Online education with supportive faculty.
  • VA and military benefits accepted.
  • Great return on investment.
  • All course materials for a low flat fee.

Spend Less with Flat-Rate Tuition

You pay tuition per six-month term, not per course or credit. So when you move faster through your courses, you also lower your total bill!



Tuition rates effective August 1, 2021. Tuition covers unlimited courses per term. 
All programs: $145 per-term Resource Fee covers e-textbooks and learning resources, saving you thousands. Non-refundable $65 one-time application fee. Program fees and other fees: Some programs have small per-term or one-time fees specific to that program's costs. Your Enrollment Counselor can provide more information.

Online Degree Programs from Four Colleges

WGU is an online school with career-aligned bachelor's and master's degrees—in teaching, nursing, IT, and business—designed to allow working adults the opportunity to fit a online university education into their busy lives.