Adult & Continuing Studies Tuition & Financial Aid

Continuing your education to advance in your career is, in many ways, priceless. At Widener, the return on your investment is undeniable.

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As an alum, you may be eligible to receive a tuition discount of up to 20% on one of our many graduate programs.

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Benefit from Employer Partnerships

Widener partners with many local organizations and corporations to offer discounted tuition and other incentives to their employees.

Ways to Finance Your Education

Apply For Financial Aid

Paying for college is an investment. Our financial aid team is here to guide you through the financial aid process and help you determine the best way to finance your Widener education.

In order to receive your part of the financial aid pie, it's important that you complete your FAFSA. "FAFSA" stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and helps identify whether you are eligible for aid awarded by Widener and the government.

Determining eligibility

In order to receive a financial aid offer, students must meet certain eligibility requirements.

Here are the general eligibility requirements for most financial aid programs:

  • Must demonstrate financial need by filing a FAFSA
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Be enrolled or admitted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program

Applying for aid

You will need the following items in order to complete the FAFSA:

  1. Social Security number and, if applicable, alien registration number
  2. W2 and/or 1099 forms from two years prior
  3. Federal tax return from two years prior. You are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to save time and reduce error retrieving tax information.
  4. Current information related to assets (e.g., bank statements, stocks, bonds, etc.)
  5. Household information (e.g., household size, number of family members in college, marital status, etc.)
  6. FSA ID—this is a unique ID that will give you access to Federal Student Aid's online system and can serve as your legal signature
  7. In nearly all cases, graduate and professional studies students are considered independent students and do not need to provide parent information.

If at any time you have questions or are unsure what to do, know that we are here to help. Please contact our financial aid team for assistance.

What should I expect after I submit the FAFSA?

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid will let us know once your FAFSA has been processed so we can begin awarding aid.

You can review your process status online and will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) within a few days after submission. This will summarize all submitted information and allow you to review for any required changes.

If your aid offer includes a federal loan and you are a first time borrower, there are a few more steps to take in order to receive the loan. These are described in your offer letter.

Financial Aid & Scholarships for Adult Learners

Because Widener is a private institution, we're able to offer financial assistance that brings our education within reach for individuals who might otherwise not be able to afford it.

You might be surprised how much we are able to offer.

Widener is proud to offer several endowed scholarship opportunities to currently enrolled adult and continuing studies students. These scholarships are awarded by the Center for Graduate & Continuing Studies and made possible through generous donor gifts. And the best part? Unlike loans, scholarship awards are yours to keep without the need to pay them back. Students are also welcome to reapply every year.

There are many organizations that sponsor education scholarships. Here are just a few:

Taylor Community Foundation Allied Health Scholarships Available to: Students pursuing an undergraduate degree in an allied health career and who currently live in the TCF service area.

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund Available to: Low-income women 35 years and older

Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarships Available to: Students 24 years of age or older currently enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program who have at least 30 credits at Widener University and a 3.2 cumulative grade point average.

Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Available to: Residents of (or those employed in) Delaware who have had at least a two-year break in education after completing high school or during college and are admitted into an undergraduate-level degree program

Many states offer grants that are typically need-based and limited to students attending schools within their own state of residence.

For a comprehensive list of state-specific grants and awards, visit the State Contacts page on the U.S. Department of Education website.

Some states, such as Delaware, have reciprocity agreements with Pennsylvania, so you can receive their grants while studying in Pennsylvania. Students who are residents of Pennsylvania, Delaware, or other reciprocal states are expected to apply for their own state's grant.

Widener University is proud to participate in the Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program. The Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program provides an additional grant provided by Widener University to help cover the cost for tuition and mandatory fees charged for youth who are or were in foster care and meet eligibility criteria.

For information regarding the PA Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver (FosterEd) Program, please visit www.pheaa.org or contact Cor Blevins at cblevins@widener.edu (610) 499-4170.

Employer Partnership Discounts & Tuition Reimbursement

Widener University also partners with many local organizations and corporations to offer discounted tuition and other incentives to their employees. Don't see your company on the list? Ask them to become a partner. In addition, employers often offer educational reimbursement benefits. We encourage you to explore these opportunities and will be glad to provide any necessary documentation.

Loans

Loans are borrowed money that is repaid with interest and are helpful financial resources available after other options have been exhausted. Several loan options are available for adult and continuing studies students, including the Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, and private/alternative loans.

Adult & Continuing Studies Tuition & Costs

Cost Per Credit Tuition (2023-2024)

Per Credit
Continuing Studies Associate's & Bachelor's Degrees 634
Continuing Studies Undergraduate Certificates 414
Widener-Crozer Diagnostic Medical Sonography 900
Widener-Crozer Radiologic Technology 700

* Widener-Crozer programs include additional costs for scrubs, textbooks, parking, and travel to clinical sites. 

Flat Rate Tuition (2023-2024)

Flat Rate
Nursing - ABSN Accelerated Second-Degree 48,960

Additional Fees

 Per Semester
Technology Fees 
  • 3 to 11 credits
$87
  • 12+ credits
$209
New Student Fee$25

For a complete breakdown of all tuition charges and fees, visit the Bursar's Office.

Interested in the cost of other adult learner offers?

Continuing Education

Professional development and continuing education opportunities are priced individually.

Integrated Professional Studies

Costs to participate in the integrated professional studies program will be calculated based on approval as a comprehensive transition program.

Our admissions and enrollment services teams are ready to help you with plans to finance your Widener education.