FAQs about the College of IT at WGU Washington

Answering your questions about the College of Information Technology

Q: Is WGU Washington a member of the Microsoft IT Academy?
Yes, in a sense. As part of Western Governors University, WGU Washington is able to offer students like you a world-class technology curriculum and courseware provided by Microsoft. These rich online resources, including virtual labs, provide hands-on experience with Microsoft software. Most of WGU Washington's bachelor's degree programs in IT include at least one Microsoft certification. The cost of certification exams is included in tuition.

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Q: I hold some IT certifications. Can I use them to waive some degree requirements?
Maybe. If you possess the exact IT certifications offered as part of your intended degree program, and those certifications are current, then yes, you can use them to waive some degree requirements. If you possess other IT certifications, you may be able to waive degree requirements, but this is dependent on an official transcript evaluation.

Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to learn more about what you may be able to waive.

Q. How will I complete my degree?
As a WGU Washington student, you take and complete assessments. You’ll prepare for your assessments by engaging various learning resources including textbooks, web tutorials, and courses. You will determine what learning resources are best for you in consultation with your mentor using your personalized Graduation Plan.

Speak to an Enrollment Counselor who can explain this program in more depth.

Q: Is financial aid available?
Yes, WGU Washington—as part of Western Governors University—is eligible to offer federal financial aid. Loans are available to most students, regardless of financial need. Grants that don't require repayment are also available for those with financial need. You can check into your financial aid eligibility at any time during the admissions process after you complete the admissions application. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor or visit the Financial Aid section to learn more.

Q: Can I accelerate my progress?
As a WGU Washington student you progress through your program by passing assessments. In consultation with your mentor, you set the pace at which you prepare for and take the assessments. Consequently, some students with strong academic or career experience in the field are able to go faster than the standard rate of progress. However, doing so isn't easy. Many of the assessments are quite challenging, and students sometimes overestimate the knowledge they possess when they enter a program. On the other hand, a highly-motivated, self-disciplined individual is precisely the kind of student who does well at WGU Washington.

Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to discuss whether you’re the kind of student who might go faster.

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