With over 6,000 students in Florida, WGU offers online, competency-based degree programs that provide a unique opportunity for adult learners to gain new skills that will help advance or change their career trajectories. Therefore, WGU is asking the Florida Legislature to expand access to the Florida Postsecondary Student Assistance Grant Program to include adult learners in need of non-traditional education options who wouldn’t be able to attend college otherwise.
No aid available.
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Data from WGU Institutional Research (2020), WGU Student Services (2020), & the College Board (2020).
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"WGU gave me the opportunity to work full time and go to school. I was worried I wouldn't graduate at the same time as my peers, but because of WGU's competency based program, I was able to accelerate through my program. WGU has changed my perspective of the traditional college experience and allowed me to have a unique journey that I get to share with others."
"I chose WGU for both my undergrad and graduate degree. I was drawn to it for my undergrad degree because I liked the idea of working at my own pace, with no set due dates for assignments… I found the course instructors and mentors very helpful and caring. The best part of my experience at WGU is the ability to pace myself and the quality of the course work… My course work helped me long before I graduated."
Vice President of External Relations
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina
Chris Bonnell serves as the Vice President of External Relations for Western Governors University. Chris has decades of experience in higher education external relations with a focus on state and local legislative affairs. Chris is an established public policy leader in the fields of competency-based education and psychology, with a focus on issues of mental health and providing solutions/services. He is also passionate about philanthropic leadership and work that ensures the needs of the community are met in a thoughtful, solution-based manner. Chris holds a law degree from Hamline University School of Law and is a graduate of Concordia College. In his personal life, Chris is passionate about hockey and a board member of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation, an annual award given to the top National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s ice hockey player.
WGU has graduated 6,475 health professionals and 1,606 teachers. Over 6,000 Floridians are currently enrolled in WGU’s workforce-aligned degrees in IT, business, healthcare, and teaching.
WGU’s 19,000+ Florida students and graduates can be found in each of Florida’s 67 counties.
The average annual salary increase for a WGU graduate is $21,800 within four years of graduation. That’s almost double the national average. With an average tuition of $7,000 a year, students are typically able to recoup their investment in their education within two years.