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Funding Options for Veterans and Active-Duty Military


We Support Military Students


WGU is a great university for service members who wants to earn a degree and benefit from the flexibility of online learning. Our competency-based online degree programs allow you to benefit from your existing knowledge. Our faculty and staff provide continuous support to help you make progress as quickly as you are able to. And our programs have been repeatedly recognized as military-friendly. At the same time, however, it’s important to understand when WGU is not the right choice. Our programs are designed to serve the degree-seeking student, not someone who is just looking to complete a few courses. If you think you may want to complete a degree program at WGU—perhaps even one started somewhere else—we may be a great fit. However, if you are looking for just individual courses, you will be better served at another online or traditional university.

For assistance with your VA Education Benefits or Military Tuition Assistance,
contact Military Support or call 1-877-435-7948, ext. 3127.

Tuition Assistance Details for Each Service Branch

Speak with your ESO or Education Counselor within your military service prior to enrolling with WGU.

Tuition not to exceed $4,500 per fiscal year.

Both active-duty and Air Force reserves are eligible.

View the Air Force guide.

Tuition not to exceed $4,000 per fiscal year.

Active-duty, ARNG on active duty, and Army reserves are eligible.

View the Army guide.

Tuition not to exceed $4,500 per fiscal year.

Active-duty and Naval reserves in AD status are eligible.

View the Navy guide.

Tuition not to exceed $4,500 per fiscal year.

Only active-duty Marines are eligible.

View the Marines guide.

Tuition not to exceed $4,500 per fiscal year.

Active-duty and reserves in AD status are eligible.

View the Coast Guard guide.

How to Set Up Tuition Assistance Benefits at WGU

  1. WGU must receive official transcripts from all previous colleges you have attended, as well as your military transcripts (e.g., JST or Joint Service Transcript).  Transcript deadline is the 1st of the month prior to your intended start date.  
  2. Once all transcripts are received, a request is made to expedite a transfer evaluation and/or degree verification for you.
  3. Before we can move forward with a Degree Plan, you must complete all admission requirements (e.g., continued communication with Enrollment Counselor, meet all program requirements/prerequisites, Admissions review of student's file, provisionally admitted into WGU program).
  4. When the transfer evaluation is completed, you receive a Degree Plan for your program. It includes the courses, codes, and costs breakdown required to complete your TA Application with your branch of service.
  5. Upload the Degree Plan to your military branch portal or submit it to your local Base Education Office for approval. 
  6. When your TA Application has been approved and you receive the TA Authorization you must send a copy via email to
  7. WGU will review the TA Authorization document to confirm the approved courses on it match the courses in the first term of the Degree Plan you were provided.
  8. The expected TA amount will be applied as a pending credit, reducing the up-front amount of tuition for which you are responsible.

Scholarship Opportunities for Military Students

Valued up to $2,500.

WGU offers active-duty military personnel, veterans, and their spouses an opportunity to advance their education. Learn more about this scholarship.

Valued up to $4,000.

For service members, veterans, spouses, and dependents in the U.S. Armed Forces. Learn more about this scholarship.

Value Varies.

For active-duty military, designed to help fill the gap between tuition assistance benefit amounts and WGU's tuition. Learn more about this scholarship.

Valued up to $4,000.

For spouses of active duty military personnel, veterans, guard, and reservists. Learn more about this scholarship.

Valued up to $10,000.

For members of Gold Star Families who desire to earn a WGU degree. Learn more about this scholarship.

*The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

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