Your Program Will be Affordable

Best Value College WGU Tennessee is committed to affordable education. Unlike other colleges and universities, our students aren’t charged by course or credit hour. WGU Tennessee terms are billed a flat-rate tuition fee based on terms. Each term is six months long and can begin on the first day of the month following your enrollment.

Tuition Rates and Fees (per term):

As of September 1, 2012

Nursing Programs MSN and BSN: $3,250 per term
Business and Health Master’s Programs: $3,250 per term
Business and Health Bachelor’s Programs (excluding nursing): $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 Tennessee’s application fees are used to compensate for a small portion of admission and enrollment costs. WGU Tennessee does not profit from their payment. WGU Tennessee 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:

(For select programs)

  • Science Lab Fee: $350 (one time)
    Applies to students seeking a bachelor or graduate science degree that requires a home science lab. This one-time fee will be billed separately in concordance with your first term’s tuition.
  • Consolidated Nursing Program Fee: $350 (one time)
    Individuals pursuing a nursing degree will be assessed a one-time charge per degree (billed separately along with the first term's tuition). This one-time fee covers any and all additional expenses related to nursing coursework. These can include lab work, third-party exams, and selected learning resources.
  • Demonstration Teaching (student teaching) standard fee: $1,000
    Individuals enrolled in a Teachers College program that includes student teaching must pay a $100 application fee per cohort, plus a $900 demonstration teaching cohort fee prior to their in-classroom teaching practicum.
  • Educational Leadership Practicum: $1,000 (one time)
    Individuals in the Educational Leadership Endorsement Preparation program or the master of science program will be assessed this fee upon enrollment in the practicum course(s).

Note: Other fees may apply as programs are updated. WGU Tennessee will notify our students accordingly.

How Flat-Rate Tuition Works

WGU Tennessee students can take comfort in our flat-rate tuition fees. Each student is billed at a flat rate for full-time enrollment regardless of attempted Competency Units (CUs). Full-time enrollment for undergraduates is considered to be 12 CUs and 8 CUs for grad students.

We want you to pay for your time rather than individual CUs (i.e., credits). Regardless of the number of CUs attempted during each term, your tuition will still be billed at the same affordable flat rate.

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.

Tuition Deadlines and Processes

WGU Tennessee students who plan to pay for tuition themselves (self pay), payments or payment arrangements must be completed on the student portal by:

  • First-term students: the 22nd day of the month before your program start date.
  • Students renewing their term: 1st day of the month (i.e., 1st day of the new term).

Financial Aid and Tuition

Federal financial aid is a useful way to cover some or all of your tuition. If you wish to use this option, you must apply yourself and submit all forms to the WGU Financial Aid Office. Please consider the following deadlines:

  • First-term students: New students must complete and submit their Financial Aid Application by the 22nd of the month before your program start date.
  • Renewal term: Returning students must complete their financial aid information by the 30th day of the new term.

Learn more about Financial Aid

Paying for Tuition

WGU Tennessee students should submit payments to our parent institution, Western Governors University. The Bursar’s Office accepts cash, checks, web checks/EFT 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 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.

Consumer Information Guide

All educational institutions participating in federal financial aid programs are required to notify prospective and enrolled students and employees regarding available consumer information. Click on the link below to learn more.

WGU Tennessee Consumer Guide

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How Tuition Works

WGU treats all students as "full-time" and charges tuition at a flat rate regardless of the number of competency units (credit equivalents) attempted or completed by the student in a six-month term. The "standard term" is based on completion of at least 12 competency units per term for undergraduate (bachelor’s) students and 8 competency units per term for graduate (master’s) students. Students who complete more or fewer units are charged the same tuition rates (see above).

Tuition Covers:

  • 24/7 access to your course materials and the WGU student portal, our online "campus."
  • Continuous one-to-one faculty support
  • Course assessments (subject to guidelines for individual assessments and the number of "re-takes" allowed)
  • The recognized industry certifications which are incorporated into many WGU degree programs

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

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Veterans Benefits

WGU'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 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.

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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