State Funds

For the 2014-15 CFWV Financial Aid 101 Guide click here.

West Virginia Higher Education Grant is available to full time undergraduate West Virginia residents who demonstrate financial need. You must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by April 15, enroll as a full time student, complete 24 semester hours per year and have a GPA of at least 2.0. The grant pays a scaled award based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The maximum grant is $2100 per year but, may not exceed mandatory tuition and fees charged to all students.

Promise Scholarship
Available to qualifying students who maintain a high school G.P.A. of 3.0 and an ACT score of 22 with a minimum 20 on the subtests or a combined score of 1020 on the SAT with at least a score of 490 in critical reading and 480 in math.

Promise students must maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA and complete thirty (30) semester hours each academic year while in college. Students must enroll full time in order to receive Promise. It is suggested that full time Promise students take fifteen (15) hours per semester. Students may use the summer term to complete the requirements of the Promise Scholarship but, Promise does not pay for summer enrollment. Classes taken before receipt of the scholarship do not count towards Promise requirements.

First year Promise students may make a 2.75 GPA during the first year but, be aware that the cumulative GPA must be at least 3.00 by the end of the second year.

Appeals cannot be granted for failure to maintain the basic requirements of the scholarship. In some limited cases deferments may be granted by the school for medical reasons. In some limited cases the director of the Promise Scholarship Program may grant deferments. Once the scholarship is lost it cannot be reinstated. Students pursuing two year degrees may receive Promise for four semesters.


Available to part-time, WV resident undergraduates who have financial need with a G.P.A. of at least 2.00. 

Other Scholarships Administered by HEPC
The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission administers several scholarships including the Underwood-Smith Scholarship and Engineering, Science and Technology Scholarship.

You may visit or call (304)-558-4618 for more information on Grants and Scholarships administered by the Higher Education Policy Commission.

Other Funds

AmeriCorps is a national initiative that involves people of all ages and backgrounds in strengthening America's communities through service. In exchange for service, members receive education awards. AmeriCorps members must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and at least 17 years of age. Additional information and applications may be obtained by calling 1-800-94-ACORPS (1-800-942-2677). If you receive an Americorps award you will need to notify both the Financial Aid Office and the Cashier's Office.

Other Aid Resources

You must report the source and amount of all other aid resources you are receiving to the Financial Aid Office.

Federal Financial Aid (SEOG, WV Higher Education Grant, College Work Study) is supplemental to all other aid resources. Other aid resources include such funds as: Scholarships, Waivers, Americorps, WIA, Job Corps, and Vocational Rehabilitation.

Resource Links





Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): U.S. Department of Education - FREE Application for Federal Student Aid





FAFSA PIN Apply for a new PIN, Request duplicate PIN, Reestablish locked PIN







Federal Direct Loans Complete Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note






College Foundation of West Virginia West Virginia Scholarships/Grants and College Planning Tools







Tuition Management Systems  Tuition Management Systems helps students, families and schools better manage 
the cost of education.






FastWeb-Financial Aid Search Through the WEB: Matching students to Scholarships and much more




National Student Loan Data System: This site is the U.S. Department of Education's central database for student aid. It receives data from school, agencies that guaranty loans, the Direct Loan program, the Pell Grant program, and other U.S. Department of Education programs





U.S. Treasury Department - IRS: To learn about tax incentive provisions for higher education, including the Hope Scholarship and Lifetime Learning tax credits, education IRA's, and student loan interest deductions





Sallie Mae's Website: An excellent source of information on college loans and financial aid, here students and parents will find many useful guides for college planning and interactive calculators for budget estimation, loan repayment, borrowing needs, and lots more - over 200 pages full of information




National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA): There are many excellent links to financial aid informational sources through NASFAA's web site. There is a special information page designed for parents and students




Students.Gov Web Site: This is a student gateway to the U.S. Government. This site gives information for online government services and information, including material about colleges, careers, study abroad, distance education, veteran's education, lifelong learning, and much more. It was designed with the student in mind

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