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Unlike schools that charge tuition based on credit hours, WGU Washington focuses on the time needed to complete your entire degree rather than each course individually. WGU Washington’s six-month terms are billed at a flat-rate tuition fee
Most WGU Washington degree programs allow new students to begin their term on the first day of each month. Unlike traditional semesters, WGU Washington terms are six months long and based on your program start date.
Note: WGU Washington does not profit from application fees; rather, they help support our costs related to processing, transcript collection, etc. WGU Washington 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.
(applies to select programs)
Consolidated Nursing Program Fee: $350 (one time)
Individuals pursuing a nursing degree will be assessed a one-time charge (billed separately along with the first term's tuition). This one-time fee covers any and all extraneous expenses related to nursing coursework. These can include lab work, third-party exams, and select learning resources.
Demonstration Teaching (student teaching) standard fee: $1,000
Students enrolled in the Teachers College programs leading to licensure must complete an in-classroom student teaching practicum. An attached $100 application fee and a $900 Demonstration Teaching fee are required before enrollment in the practicum.
Science Lab Fee: $350 (one time)
Billed to students earning a B.S. or science graduate degree in addition to first term tuition costs.
Educational Leadership Practicum Fee: $1,000 (one time)
Billed to students in the M.S. in Educational Leadership or the Endorsement Preparation program (the fee is assessed during the last term of the practicum).
Note: As degree programs are updated, additional fees may apply. WGU Washington will notify students of these changes as soon as possible.
WGU Washington tuition focuses on the time needed to complete your entire degree rather than each course individually. All WGU Washington students are treated as "full-time" and are charged tuition at a flat rate regardless of the number of competency units attempted or completed. Our terms are based on a full-time enrollment of at least 12 competency units for undergraduate students and 8 competency units for graduate students.
Note: WGU Washington allows students to work at a pace that’s comfortable for which to complete a full-time course load. During each term, you may complete as many or as few competency units as you like; the same flat rate applies. The faster you complete your degree program the more money you’ll save.
Note: Tuition does not cover some selected other materials or special fees required for some courses and degree programs.
The majority of WGU Washington 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.
Through the generosity of numerous corporations and foundations, WGU Washington offers a number of scholarships that are available to qualified students.
For students who plan to pay for tuition without government assistance, payments or payment arrangements must be completed on or before:
Many corporations and organizations offer tuition assistance or tuition reimbursement.
WGU Washington's degree programs are approved for Tuition Assistance for active-duty, reserve, and National Guard service members.
WGU Washington's degree programs are approved for Veterans Administration (VA) education benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill®.
"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—MathematicsCollege Place, Washington, USA
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.
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