State Financial Aid for Undergraduates
West Virginia awards financial aid based on academic merit, financial need, and intended career.
The primary financial aid program is the merit-based West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship
High school graduates qualify for aid if they meet two requirements: (1) cumulative 3.0 GPA in PROMISE core and overall coursework; and (2) an ACT composite score of at least 22, with minimum scores of 20 in each subject (or equivalent SAT scores).
First-year PROMISE recipients may renew their award if they maintain full-time enrollment, earn a 2.75 GPA in the first year, and complete at least 30 credits. In subsequent years, recipients must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA. The program provides a maximum award of $4,750 towards attending an in-state postsecondary institution.
The West Virginia Higher Education Grant is a need-based financial aid program. Awards vary based on the extent of financial need. Maximum annual awards are $2,700. This grant can be used in conjunction with the PROMISE Scholarship. Recipients may use the award at participating West Virginia and Pennsylvania institutions.
The West Virginia Higher Education Adult Part-Time Student Grant program is a need-based financial aid program for students enrolled part-time or enrolled in a short-term workforce training program. Students planning to enroll in approved non-credit workforce programs may receive a maximum award of $2,000.
The West Virginia Engineering, Science, and Technology Scholarship provides a maximum annual award of $3,000 for students who achieve a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 and enroll in eligible programs Recipients agree to work full-time in a related job field after graduation. The scholarship converts into an interest-bearing loan if graduates do not meet the work requirement.
Other scholarship and loan programs increase college affordability for students entering early childhood, teaching, and health science fields.