How We Do It

Best Value College WGU has not raised tuition rates since 2008, demonstrating our commitment to keeping tuition low and maximizing the value and affordability of all of our online degree programs.

At WGU, tuition is charged at a flat rate each term and covers all coursework completed in that time. The more courses you complete each term, the more affordable your degree becomes.

Each WGU term is six months long and can begin on the first of any month. Unlike other schools, you aren't charged per course or per credit, so if you earn your degree ahead of schedule, you save both time and money.

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Western Governors University Tuition

Tuition Cost Breakdown
Nursing Programs MSN and BSN: $3,250 per term
B.S. Nursing Prelicensure: More Info $4,250 per term
Business and Health Master’s Programs: $3,250 per term
Business and Health Bachelor’s Programs (excluding nursing): $2,890 per term
Information Technology Programs: $2,890 per term
All Teachers College Programs: $2,890 per term
Resource Fee: $145 per term non-refundable
Application Fee: $65 non-refundable

NOTE: WGU does not “profit” from application fees, as they help offset only a small portion of enrollment and admissions costs. WGU charges a $145 Resource Fee each term. This fee helps cover your use of the online library, e-textbooks, and many other learning resources. With few exceptions, required textbooks are available as e-textbooks, so you won’t have to purchase hard copy textbooks.

Special Fees: (Apply to Select Programs)

Science Lab Fee: $350 (one time)
Individuals pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in science education will require a home science lab and will be assessed this one-time charge (billed separately along with the first term's tuition).

Consolidated Nursing Program Fee: $350 (one time)
Individuals pursuing a nursing degree (with the exception of the Prelicensure B.S. Nursing degree) will be assessed a one-time charge per degree (billed separately along with the first term's tuition). This one-time fee covers any and all additional expenses related to nursing coursework. These can include lab work, third-party exams, and selected learning resources.

Prelicensure Nursing Clinical Education Fee: $500 (per term; effective April 1, 2017)
Individuals pursuing a B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure) degree will be assessed a fee at the start of each 6-month term to cover the costs of the program’s clinical education requirements. This fee supports such components as high-fidelity lab simulations, clinical placement, and the coached clinical intensive model, which allows students who work to be enrolled in a clinical experience.

Demonstration Teaching (standard): $1,000
Individuals enrolled in a Teachers College program that includes student teaching must pay a $100 application fee per cohort, plus a $900 demonstration teaching cohort fee prior to their in-classroom teaching practicum.

Educational Leadership Practicum: $1,000 (one time)
Individuals in the Educational Leadership Endorsement Preparation program or the master of science program will be assessed this fee upon enrollment in the practicum course(s).

How Tuition Works

WGU treats all students as "full-time" and charges tuition at a flat rate regardless of the number of competency units (credit equivalents) attempted or completed by the student in a six-month term. The "standard term" is based on completion of at least 12 competency units per term for undergraduate (bachelor’s) students and 8 competency units per term for graduate (master’s) students. Students who complete more or fewer units are charged the same tuition rates (see above).

Tuition Covers:

24/7 access to your course materials and the WGU student portal, our online "campus."

Course assessments (subject to guidelines for individual assessments and the number of "re-takes" allowed)

Continuous one-to-one faculty support

The recognized industry certifications which are incorporated into many WGU degree programs

Note: Tuition does not cover some selected other materials or special fees required for some courses and degree programs.

Satisfying Your Tuition Obligations

Paying with Financial Aid

Western Governors University's FAFSA Code: 033394

The majority of WGU students are independent adults supporting themselves and their families, and federal financial aid makes it possible for them to complete their degrees. There are different types of financial aid for which you may be eligible.

Federal Grants

  • Pell Grants: These need-based grants are awarded to students who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree.
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity (SEOG) Grants: These need-based grants are available for students who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree and demonstrate exceptional financial need when filing the FAFSA.
  • Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants: Students who qualify for the TEACH Grant must agree to teach in a low-income, high-need school after graduation.

Student Loans

  • Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized): The interest on these need-based loans is paid by the federal government while you are enrolled in school at least half time or during deferment periods.
  • Federal Direct Loans (Unsubsidized): These loans are available to most WGU students. You are responsible for the interest from the day you borrow the money until you repay the loan.
Learn More about Loan Limits and Responsible Borrowing


Through the generosity of numerous corporations and foundations, WGU offers a number of scholarships that are available to qualified students.

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Self Pay

For students who plan to pay for tuition without government assistance, payments or payment arrangements must be completed on or before:

  • The 22nd day of the month prior to program start date for new students paying first-term tuition.
  • The first day of the new term for second and subsequent terms.

Corporate Reimbursement

Many corporations and organizations offer tuition assistance or tuition reimbursement.

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Military Tuition Assistance

WGU's degree programs are approved for Tuition Assistance for active-duty, reserve, and National Guard service members.

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Veterans Benefits

WGU's degree programs are approved for Veterans Administration (VA) education benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill®.

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"As a mom on a teacher's salary, WGU's flat-rate tuition of $6,000 a year was crazy good—half the cost of other online universities." Hilary Tinnesand-Darnold,
Masters in Teaching—Mathematics
College Place, Washington, USA

Tuition and Financial Aid Deadlines

First Term Subsequent Terms
For All Students Payment or payment arrangements must be completed on or before the 22nd of the month prior to program start date. Payment or payment arrangements must be completed on or before the 22nd of the month prior to the first day of the new term.
If Using Financial Aid Complete the Financial Aid application process no later than the 22nd of the month prior to program start date. Payment or payment arrangements must be completed on or before the 22nd of the month prior to the first day of the new term.
If Self Pay Payment or payment arrangements must be completed on or before the 22nd of the month prior to program start date. Payment or payment arrangements must be completed by the first day of the new term.

How to Pay Tuition

WGU accepts cash, checks, and web checks/EFT at no additional cost to the student. Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) are also accepted, but a 2.75% credit card fee applies. Students may make payments through the “Make or View Payments” link in the online student portal. WGU does not accept post-dated checks. WGU will not hold any check for deposit past the date of the receipt of the check. WGU will not be responsible for any bank fees associated with the deposit of said check.

Consumer Information Guide

All institutions participating in federal financial student aid programs are required to notify enrolled and prospective students and current and prospective employees regarding available consumer information. This document provides access to required consumer information.

WGU Consumer Information Guide

Questions and Answers

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When do new terms begin?

New terms begin on roughly the first day of every month (some exceptions apply) for most programs. After you have applied and been accepted for admission, you must complete an Intake Interview — generally about one week before you plan to start. You’ll also be required to make arrangements to pay your first term’s tuition (either self-pay or through financial aid) prior to your intended start date. An Enrollment Counselor can help you complete the admission process.

Is tuition refundable if I withdraw?

The application fee and resource fee are not refundable. Students who withdraw from WGU or stop progress through the 60-percent (60%) point of a six-month term of enrollment for which tuition is assessed will receive a prorated tuition refund. After that point, there is no provision for a refund.

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