Great news! Through the generosity of numerous corporations and foundations, plus special federal government appropriations, WGU maintains a robust program of scholarships made available to qualified students.

Scholarships are one of the many ways in which WGU removes obstacles from your path to achieving your education goals and improving your career opportunities. It’s part of our investment in the future of our students.

Available Scholarships for New Students

The following scholarships are available for new WGU students, depending upon specific eligibility requirements for the particular scholarship. Students are eligible to apply for these scholarships within 60 days of starting a degree program, either before or after.

Students are only eligible to receive one WGU scholarship per degree program. If a student qualifies for multiple scholarships, the review board will consider each opportunity and select which one to award, if any. Scholarship recipients must be U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens. WGU employees and their spouses are not eligible.

To learn more about or to apply for a specific scholarship, click on the specific scholarship name below.


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For students who are ready to head back to school this fall.


For paraprofessionals, classroom aides, aspiring teachers eager to start the journey as a licensed K–12 educator, or working professionals ready to make the switch to a more meaningful career in the classroom. Apply by December 31, 2018!


Every day, technology is rewriting our future. Let it rewrite yours, with a bachelor's or master's degree in IT from WGU.


For new MSN and health management students at WGU who display the spirit and commitment to leadership exemplified by Linda Knodel.


For aspiring nurses who have demonstrated activism or innovation in nursing that improves patient outcomes.


From our official spokesowl, Sage, for future WGU graduates.


For WGU alums who are interested in pursuing a master's degree.


For experienced IT or healthcare professionals who wish to attend college online to move into the high-demand field of health information management.


For former ITT Tech students who wish to continue to pursue their higher education through a degree program at WGU.



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WGU has partnered with the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative (ACLC) to provide members and partnering companies readiness in the growing need for high-performing leadership in the healthcare industry.


For ANPD members looking to earn a WGU online bachelor’s degree or master's degree in nursing or healthcare.


For an ANPD member and exceptionally qualified nurse pursuing a career in nursing education and looking to sharpen their skills and earn their MSN at WGU. Apply by October 31st.


For the men and women who work in America’s K–12 schools and districts who desire to earn a WGU bachelor's or master's degree.


For NEA members who wish to attend college online to earn their teaching master’s degrees.


WGU has partnered with the Western Association of Food Chains to help employees of eligible WAFC partner institutions earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree.


WGU has partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service to help AmeriCorps alumni finish a bachelor’s or master’s degree.


For graduates and staff of WGU partner community colleges looking to earn a WGU bachelor’s or master’s degree.


For employees of WGU’s partner hospitals and healthcare organizations who wish to advance their education to become educators, managers, and leaders in vital healthcare fields.


For employees of WGU’s partner institutions who wish to advance their education in the business, education, information technology, or healthcare fields.


Western Governors University has partnered with Free For Charity to offer scholarships for professionals working in the nonprofit sector seeking a master's or undergraduate degree.


Western Governors University has partnered with National Association of Community Colleges with Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP) to offer scholarships for graduates and staff of NACCTEP-affiliated community colleges to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree and obtain teacher licensure.


For motivated Phi Theta Kappa members with an associate's degree who wish to continue their education and earn a bachelor's degree.


For motivated students who have completed at least four StraighterLine courses who wish to continue their education and earn a degree.



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WGU has partnered with the National Military Family Association to offer active duty, veteran military personnel, and their spouses an opportunity to advance their education.


In honor of Veterans Day 2018, for active-duty and retired military personnel, veterans, reservists, and military spouses and children.



Step #1


Check out the scholarships currently available at WGU and identify some that might be right for you. We don’t want you to unnecessarily waste your time with applying if you don’t meet the scholarship qualifications, so it’s worth checking the website to make sure there is an opportunity that fits you.

Step #2


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.

Step #3


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 2. You must complete the application within 60 days of your intended start date.

Step #4


Based on what you tell us in Step 3, 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. These additional applications need to be submitted within 5 days of submitting the general application.


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How do you select scholarship winners?

It depends upon the scholarship. In general, we award scholarships based on the following factors:

  • • Meeting the basic eligibility requirements
  • • Answers you give on the scholarship application
  • • An interview with a scholarship counselor

Some scholarships are also based upon evaluations of prior college transcripts and other tests. We encourage you to apply.

When will I find out if I’m selected?

WGU evaluates scholarship applications on a continual basis because we start new students in their programs every month. Often we are able to make an award decision within two to four weeks of receiving your application. In most cases, you will also need to have applied for admission and been accepted to the university. An Enrollment Counselor can help explain the process.

Do I get the scholarship all at once?

No. Scholarship awards are divided into a set amount per term. This amount is credited against your tuition due for each term. The details are explained in the description for each scholarship.

Can I also apply for financial aid?

Yes. You probably should apply for federal financial aid, too. Scholarship awards will only cover a portion of your school expenses, and financial aid can help pay for the rest. You can apply for financial aid while you are waiting for a decision about your scholarship application. It will not hurt your chances to win a scholarship. Click here to learn more about or apply for financial aid.

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