Tuition that’s Affordable

Affordable Education

Receiving a quality education shouldn’t create unnecessary financial difficulties. WGU Washington offers degree programs that won’t cost you a fortune.

Flat-Rate Tuition

WGU Washington’s six-month terms are billed at a flat-rate tuition fee. Our structure allows you to pay by study time, not by credit hour.

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"The university offers students access to higher education wherever they are, whenever they need it, at a price they can afford." Major General (Ret.) Timothy J. Lowenberg

of employers said that their WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs

Return on Investment

A WGU degree delivers superior results—it means you’ve demonstrated mastery of real-world competencies that employers are looking for. As a result, WGU grads frequently get jobs that more than pay for their education.

In a 2016 Harris Poll Online survey, 1,207 WGU graduates reported earning, on average, $19,100 more within 4 years of graduation—compared with an average of $6,700 reported by 1,403 new college graduates nationwide. With an average cost of $15,000 for a bachelor’s degree, the return on investment of a WGU degree is less than 2 years.

Reducing Student Debt by 40%

WGU’s Responsible Borrowing Initiative encourages students to borrow only what they need to complete their degrees. Since its launch in 2013, average borrowing per student (of those who take out loans) has decreased by $3,100 per year, a reduction of 40%. In two years, WGU reduced borrowing by $250 million.


Many WGU students receive scholarships and grants that make earning their degrees even more affordable.

During the past three years, WGU has awarded over $5 million in scholarships using the university's own funds as well as third-party contributions.

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VA and Military

WGU is proud to offer a flexible, affordable education that fits the needs of America’s service men and women, veterans, and their families. Your WGU online degree program will travel with you no matter where you’re deployed or stationed. Our programs are approved for benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill®, and because our tuition and fees are so low, veterans will usually find all of their costs covered by their government benefits.

WGU has been listed as a top military-friendly university for nine consecutive years by Military Advanced Education Magazine and for five straight years by G.I. Jobs.

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Questions and Answers

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How does WGU keep its tuition so low?

As a nonprofit university, WGU doesn’t need to benefit shareholders. Our students are our main concern. We also try to keep our operating costs low. And since we’re an exclusively online university, we don’t need to maintain expensive classroom buildings, a campus, and other non-academic programs.

Should I consider financial aid?

Using financial aid is a personal decision. When making this decision, you should know that a degree is a great investment in yourself that will pay for itself many times over. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree earn on average almost a million dollars more over the course their careers compared to those without one. A master’s degree typically has a similar impact on your wallet. You should definitely consider federal financial aid if it means the difference between getting your degree or not. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to learn more.

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President Emeritus, Washington State University

As one of the Founders and as a member of WGU's Board of Trustees since the university's inception, I highly recommend WGU Washington as a quality institution.

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