Are You WGU? The WGU Experience

Getting Started

WGU offers an enrollment process that’s as hassle-free as possible. You’ll work with an Enrollment Counselor to evaluate whether WGU is a good "fit" for you. For your convenience, WGU starts new groups of students every month.

Speaking with your Enrollment Counselor

Your Enrollment Counselor will help you determine if WGU is the right school for you and your educational goals. When you’re ready, your Enrollment Counselor will guide you through the admissions process.

When you request more information about WGU, you will be contacted by an Enrollment Counselor. Your Enrollment Counselor’s sole purpose is to help you determine if WGU is the right school for your educational and career goals.

This individual has specialized knowledge in your program of interest. You and your Enrollment Counselor will discuss your academic and career background and how they fit with WGU’s program offerings and nature of study. Our emphasis is on counseling you to make the best possible decision about your future—whether it’s with WGU or not. (Our counselors are non-commissioned professionals.) When you’re ready, your Enrollment Counselor will guide you through the admissions process.

Your Enrollment Counselor is available to you by phone and email.

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Starting your Degree Program

A college education is a significant commitment. Often the hardest part of the journey is getting started. The admissions process is designed to help you learn about the nature of WGU's academic program and the support you’ll have throughout your degree program.

starting your online degree

Learning online at WGU means you can finish the degree you started years ago or earn that master’s degree that will launch your career forward.

You’ll get excellent preparation for starting your degree program with the help of your Enrollment Counselor.

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How WGU’s Class Schedule Works

WGU offers degrees, not classes. You can begin your degree program on the first of any month, which begins your first term.

A term at WGU is six months in length. The six months that make up your term are based on when you begin your program. For example, if you begin your program March 1st, your first term lasts from March 1st to August 31st. Your second term would begin September 1st.

Tuition is billed at a flat-rate every term, so you pay for the time, not by credit hour or by course. Since you’re paying for the time, you’re encouraged to complete as many assessments as you can in those six months. If you can complete your assessments in less time, your program will be shorter and you’ll pay less.

Introducing You to the Nature of Study at WGU

Online learning isn’t for everyone. At WGU, we generally don’t require fixed class schedules or classroom seat time.

Our focus is on developing competency. Therefore your progress is based on completing challenging assessments that make you prove you have the skills and knowledge in a particular subject area. You’ll study, you’ll write papers, you’ll take tests, and you’ll complete assignments.

You’ll be introduced to WGU’s competency-based approach to education at the beginning of your first term, in a process called Orientation. During Orientation, you’ll get familiar with online learning as well as the learning resources and tools you’ll use throughout the duration of your degree program.

Paying for your Education

SELF PAY – If you are paying for your education yourself, you’re in the right place. WGU tuition is half the cost of other online universities.

FINANCIAL AID – WGU offers several federal financial aid and grant programs designed to make higher education even more affordable.

SCHOLARSHIPS – WGU maintains a robust scholarship program through the generosity of corporate donors and special grants. Many WGU students are eligible to receive scholarships.

WGU is Affordable

As a nonprofit university, a major part of WGU’s mission is to keep tuition low. Our tuition is typically half what other reputable online and traditional colleges charge. Not only is tuition affordable, but WGU offers several convenient methods for how to pay for your education.


If you’re paying for college yourself, WGU is a great choice. You can pay tuition with cash, check or credit card. A 2.75% convenience fee applies to credit card payments.

Click here to learn more about WGU’s tuition rates and payment options .

Using Financial Aid and Grants

WGU participates in the federal grant and student loan programs offered by the U.S. Department of Education. Unlike the situation at some other schools, most WGU students are not having problems obtaining school loans. Financial Aid can take many forms:

Pell Grants and Subsidized Loans – These are based on financial need.

Unsubsidized Loans – These are not based on financial need, and therefore are available to most WGU students.

Click here to learn more about financial aid.

Military and Corporate Tuition Reimbursement

Members of the U.S. armed services, Reserves, and National Guard are usually able to use Tuition Assistance (TA) programs made available through the Department of Defense. Veterans and active-duty servicepersons may also use their Montgomery GI Bill® benefits. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

Many WGU students are also eligible for all or partial tuition reimbursement by their employers.

Earning and Using Scholarships

Scholarships are one of the many ways in which WGU removes obstacles from your path to achieving your educational goals and improving your career opportunities. WGU maintains a robust number of scholarships that are available to qualified WGU students in a variety of degree programs.

Click here to learn more about scholarships.

Transferring Credits

You’ll benefit from your previous college education—whether you’ve taken courses or earned a degree—through transfer credits. You’ll also benefit from WGU’s competency-based approach to education in that you’ll be able to take advantage of your knowledge and skills throughout the duration of your program.

A generous credit transfer policy

WGU’s competency-based approach to education lets you take advantage of your knowledge and skills, regardless of how you learned. You’ll benefit from your previous college education—whether you’ve taken courses or earned a degree—through transfer credits. Here are some general transfer guidelines.

  • If you hold an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree from an institution that is recognized as nationally or regionally accredited by the U.S. Department of Education, you should clear all or many of the lower-division requirements for a bachelor’s degree in Business or Information Technology. For Health Professions and Teachers College programs, a course-by-course evaluation is typically required. Only an official transcript evaluation can determine how many requirements you may be able to waive.
  • If you earned an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) or other applied associate’s degree, you may be able to clear a significant portion of WGU's lower-division degree requirements.
  • If you have completed college courses but have not earned a degree of any type, you may also be able to have some degree requirements cleared through a course-by-course transcript evaluation.
  • Graduate-level program requirements are never cleared through transfer because of prior graduate school study. However, competencies obtained through prior study will help students to accelerate toward degree completion.

Learn more about transferring credits.

How Transcripts are Used

Transcripts are used by your assigned mentor (a faculty member who serves as your guide through your degree program) to help develop your personalized Degree Plan. You can learn more about mentors and the Degree Plan by exploring the WGU Academic Experience.

"My family motivated me to get my degree. The decision to enroll at WGU was one of the best decisions I have ever made."

Danny Borchardt
Graduate, College of Business

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