No, the WRGP resident tuition rate is not automatically awarded to all eligible candidates. In fact, most programs are becoming more selective. Even if you meet the program’s WRGP admissions criteria (which can be more rigorous than its regular admissions criteria for in-state residents), there are no guarantees. Many departments must limit the number of new WRGP awards each academic year, so apply early! And make sure you request to be considered for the WRGP rate at the time you apply for admission.
Online education enrollment has continued to grow according to the new report, Digital Learning Compass: Digital Education Enrollment Report 2017. The overall enrollment in higher education, however, has fallen in the past three years.