WGU Offers $750,000 in Scholarships for Adults Going Back to School


Online, competency-based university to award 375 scholarships for students who enroll by September 30 

To help make going back to school and earning a college degree a reality for busy adults, Western Governors University (WGU) will award $750,000 in scholarships to aspiring students who apply to WGU by September 30, 2018. The Back to School Scholarship, WGU’s largest scholarship offering to date, is valued at up to $2,000 per student, and is open to new students in any of the more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offered at WGU – programs in business, information technology, education, and health professions, including nursing.

To learn more about WGU’s Back to School Scholarship, or to apply, visit https://www.wgu.edu/financial-aid-tuition/scholarships/general/back-to-school.html

The scholarships will be applied at the rate of $500 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms. While multiple scholarships will be awarded, this is a competitive program, and scholarships will be granted based on a candidate’s academic record, financial need, readiness for online study, and current competency, as well as other considerations.

“After working for three years as a teaching assistant, I knew I wanted to go to back to school to earn my bachelor’s degree so that I could make an even bigger difference in the lives of my students,” said recent WGU graduate Nicole Ibarra-Vogel. “Just last week, I entered my own classroom as a first-year kindergarten resource teacher, and I couldn’t be more excited about teaching and working with these kids.”

Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, WGU’s competency-based education allows students to take advantage of their knowledge and experience to move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. Students complete their programs by studying on schedules that fit their lives, advancing as soon as they demonstrate that they have mastered subject matter. WGU faculty members work one-on-one with students as mentors, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction. While WGU’s degree programs are rigorous and challenging, competency-based learning makes it possible for students to accelerate their progress, saving both time and money.

About WGU

Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves more than 100,000 students nationwide and has more than 118,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation’s leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 21 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today’s rapidly evolving economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and was featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at www.wgu.edu.