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WGU Washington announces new Lifesaver Scholarship

For the millions of Americans with some college credit but no degree, finally earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree can be a real game changer. But students who re-enroll in college in hopes of finishing their degree program are confronted with rising tuition rates, excessive loan debt, unemployment and, recently, college closures. WGU Washington, the state-endorsed, online university recognized for its quality and affordability, is offering those students a lifeline: the WGU Washington Lifesaver Transfer Scholarship.

Valued at up to $3,000 per student, this scholarship has been created for individuals who face challenges such as unemployment, financial hardships or the closure of their current college — challenges transferring to WGU Washington can help them overcome. The scholarship will be applied at the rate of $750 per six-month term toward WGU Washington’s tuition of about $3,000 per term, and is renewable for up to four terms.  As many as 10 scholarships will be awarded.

“In many ways, these scholarships represent our university’s commitment to making a college degree a real possibility for many who are otherwise without hope,” said WGU Washington Chancellor Jean Floten. “The road to graduation can be tough, but the “Lifesaver” scholarships will help smooth the pathway for many.”

To be eligible for the Lifesaver Transfer Scholarship, applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

• Unemployment

• Financial hardship

• Closure of current college or university

Interested students must submit an application for admission and be accepted to WGU Washington, submit their previous transcripts and complete an interview with a scholarship counselor.

While multiple scholarships will be awarded, the Lifesaver Transfer Scholarship is a competitive program. Scholarships will be awarded based on the student’s academic record, readiness for online study and current competency, as well as other considerations. The application deadline is Nov. 30. For more information about the Lifesaver Transfer Scholarship, visit www.wgu.edu/lifesaver.

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