Affordable Degree Programs

Pay by Term, Not by Credit Hour

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.

Tuition Rates and Fees: (per six-month term)

Nursing Programs MSN and BSN: $3,250 per term
Business Master’s Programs: $3,250 per term
Business Bachelor’s Programs: $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 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.

Special Fees:

(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.

How Flat-Rate Tuition Works

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.

Tuition Covers:

  • All coursework attempted and completed, as well as most learning resources, but excluding hardcopy textbooks, which are listed in the student’s personalized Degree Plan. (With few exceptions, required textbooks are available as e-textbooks, so you won’t have to purchase hard copy textbooks.)
  • All assessments (subject to guidelines for individual assessments and the number of "re-takes" allowed).
  • Ongoing, personalized support from Student Mentors and Course Mentors.

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 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.

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 a 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 Washington 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

Scholarships

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

Read More about Scholarships

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

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Veterans Benefits

WGU Washington'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 Washington accepts cash, checks, web checks/EFT, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) at no additional cost to the student through the online “Make or View Payments” link in the student portal. WGU Washington does not accept post-dated checks. WGU Washington will not hold any check for deposit past the date of the receipt of the check. WGU Washington 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

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