How We Do It

Best Value College

At WGU, tuition is charged at a flat rate each term and covers all coursework completed in that time. The more courses you complete each term, the more affordable your degree becomes.

Each WGU term is six months long and can begin on the first of any month. Unlike other schools, you aren't charged per course or per credit, so if you earn your degree ahead of schedule, you save both time and money.

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Tuition & Fee Details

Effective January 1, 2018

College of Business
Undergraduate Program Tuition $3,190 per term
Resource Fee $145 per term
Program Fee $0

Graduate Program Tuition $3,750 per term
Resource Fee $145 per term
Program Fee $0

Additional one-time fees for business programs: A non-refundable Application Fee of $65 is charged when applying to WGU.

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College of Information Technology
Undergraduate Program Tuition $3,190 per term
Resource Fee $145 per term
Program Fee $150 per term

Graduate Program Tuition $3,490 per term
Resource Fee $145 per term
Program Fee $150 per term

Additional one-time fees for IT programs: A non-refundable Application Fee of $65 is charged when applying to WGU.

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College of Health Professions
Bachelor of Science, Nursing (RN to BSN) Tuition $3,190 per term
Resource Fee $145 per term
Program Fee $175 per term

Bachelor of Science, Health Information Management Tuition $3,190 per term
Resource Fee $145 per term
Program Fee $175 per term

Master of Science, Nursing (BSN to MSN) Tuition $3,750 per term
Resource Fee $145 per term
Program Fee $0

Master of Science, Nursing (RN to MSN) Tuition
Undergraduate Portion Tuition $3,190 per term
Undergraduate Portion Resource Fee $145 per term
Undergraduate Portion Program Fee $175 per term
Graduate Portion Tuition $3,750 per term
Graduate Portion Resource Fee $145 per term
Graduate Portion Program Fee $0

Master of Health Leadership Tuition $3,750 per term
Resource Fee $145 per term
Program Fee $0

Additional one-time fees for Health Professions programs: All College of Health Professions programs, excluding the Master of Health Leadership program, require a one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350. This fee covers the costs of any updates to student learning resources and support services while the student completes their program.

A non-refundable Application Fee of $65 is charged when applying to WGU.

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Teachers College
Undergraduate Programs Tuition $3,190 per term
Resource Fee $145 per term
Program Fee $150 per term

Graduate Programs with Supervised Field Experience Tuition $3,190 per term
Resource Fee $145 per term
Program Fee $300 per term

NOTE: Includes M.A. Teaching, Post-Baccalaureate, Endorsement Preparation, M.S. Special Education, M.S. Educational Leadership, and M.A. English Language Learning programs


Other Graduate Programs Tuition $3,190 per term
Resource Fee $145 per term
Program Fee $0

NOTE: Includes all M.A. Mathematics Education and M.A. Science Education programs, all M.Ed. programs, and the M.S. Curriculum and Instruction program.

Additional one-time fees for teaching programs: Individuals pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in science education will require a home science lab and be assessed a one-time charge of $350 (billed separately along with the first term's tuition).

A non-refundable Application Fee of $65 is charged when applying to WGU.

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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.

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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 was crazy good—half the cost of other online universities." Hilary Tinnesand-Darnold,
Master's in Teaching—Mathematics
College Place, Washington

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 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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WGU Financial Aid Policy

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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