Law Enforcement and Corrections Scholarship Program

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Flexible, Affordable, Fast

We know it's difficult for officers and agents to balance life, work and family. The thought of starting or going back to college might seem impossible, but it's not. At Wayland, we offer online classes that fit your schedule, shorten your time to a degree by awarding maximum credit for your experience,  and help you pay for it by awarding a scholarship that you earn every day by putting on your uniform.

Wayland is proud to offer the following four scholarship and academic programs to those who serve our communities and country: 

Law Enforcement

Non-federal law enforcement officers nation-wide, regardless of state, qualify for this program. College credits awarded: 12 hours for four years of work experience and 11-34 hours for Peace Officer's Standards and Training (POST), or similar, academy completion, depending on state requirements.

Active dispatchers in the state of Texas also qualify for this scholarship. Dispatchers will receive 6 hours of college credit for Basic Certification and 8 hours of college credit for Intermediate or higher certification. They will also receive 12 hours for four years of qualified work experience.

Bexar County Sheriff's Office (BCSO)  *New*

As part of a larger agreement with Bexar County, Texas, Wayland is proud to announce a new partnership with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office!  This partnership combines the generous tuition reimbursement benefit provided through the BCSO and Wayland's LE Scholarship. College credits awarded: 12 hours for four years of work experience and 9 hours for Basic Jailer certification. Go to our Bexar County Sheriff's Office page for more information! 

Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ)

College credits awarded: 12 hours for four years of work experience and 9 hours for Pre-Service training.

U.S. Border Patrol

College credits awarded: 12 hours for four years of work experience and either 22 or 34 hours for Border Patrol academy completion, depending on date of completion.

U.S. Marshal

College credits awarded: 12 hours for four years of work experience; 13 hours for Basic Deputy Marshal Training and 15 hours for Criminal Investigator Training.

Note that the college credit awarded for work and training experience referenced above is only applicable to the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree. Students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree may qualify for similar, smaller amounts of credit.


2023-24 Scholarship Amounts

The amounts listed below are the scholarship amounts that will be deducted from a per-credit-hour tuition rate once enrolled. Tuition rates vary depending on program and delivery method. As such, scholarship amounts also vary by program and delivery method. 

Employees and Spouse

  • Undergraduate online classes: $133 savings per credit hour.

  • Undergraduate in-person classes: $133 savings per credit hour.

  • Graduate online classes: $159 savings per credit hour.

  • Graduate in-person classes: $143 savings per credit hour.

Dependent Children

  • Dependent children attending the Plainview residential campus qualify for $1,000 per 16-week term.

Scholarship details:

  • All students must meet admission requirements and be fully accepted to WBU before scholarship can be applied.
  • Proof of employment will be required and may take the form of a recent paystub or a signed and dated letter from HR showing active status.
  • The scholarship may be applied to tuition, fees, books, dorm costs and meal plans, as needed based on other forms of aid. No rebate check will be issued based on this scholarship.
  • In order to use the scholarship for books, students must order their books through a Wayland bookstore and charge the amount to their student account.
  • All scholarships can be applied to ANY of Wayland's many degree programs, associate to doctorate, so you are not limited to fields related to your job. Neither full-time nor part-time status is required for employees and spouses. Full-time status is required for dependent children attending the Plainview campus.
  • These scholarships also apply to your spouse AND your children as long as you are actively employed, and can be used by multiple family members at the same time with no problem.

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