PROMISE Scholarship Award
The PROMISE Scholarship will pay $4,750 per year or the cost of
tuition and mandatory fees, whichever is less, at any eligible
The award payment will be made directly to the West Virginia
college or university of your choice.
Where can the funds be used? Eligible four-year and two year
institutions in the state of West Virginia. PROMISE Eligible
Funds can only be used to pay for undergraduate coursework that
applies to the students academic program.
Terms of Eligibility
A student seeking a bachelor's degree is eligible to receive a
PROMISE Scholarship for no more than eight semesters of a four-year
A student seeking an associate degree is eligible to receive a
PROMISE Scholarship for no more than four total semesters of a
two-year degree program. (Students transitioning from two-year
degree program to a four-year degree program must achieve renewal
requirements after their second year for continuing scholarship
Students have six years from the date awarded to utilize their
PROMISE award, unless they are enrolled in the military and then
the time is extended.
Once a student graduates or meets the qualifications for
graduation, they are no longer eligible, even if they haven't
utilized eight semesters.
Coordination with Other Financial Aid
PROMISE Scholarship awards shall be coordinated with other
financial aid/grant programs in the following manner:
PROMISE awards must be utilized in a manner that maximizes
federal scholarship/grant funding (e.g. Pell Grant) and should not
be administered in a manner that would result in the loss of
federal grant/scholarship funds to a student or to the State of
PROMISE Scholarship awards must be used to cover the cost of
tuition and mandatory fees.
Institutions are strongly encouraged to allow maximum
flexibility in the use of institution-based financial aid awards so
that they can be used in conjunction with the PROMISE
The amount of a PROMISE Scholarship award in combination with
aid from all other sources shall not exceed the cost of attendance
at the institution the recipient is attending. For those students
eligible for federal grant assistance, such as federal Pell Grants,
the federal assistance should be considered the first source of all
scholarship/grant funding to the extent permissible under federal
law. For students awarded both a PROMISE Scholarship and a
need-based grant through the West Virginia Higher Education Grant
Program, the PROMISE Scholarship awards shall be considered the
first source for these two programs. West Virginia Higher Education
Grants may be combined with PROMISE awards as provided for annually
by program policies.
Should the PROMISE Scholarship award plus the amount of other
financial awards exceed the cost of attendance, the institution's
financial aid administrator, in consultation with the recipient,
will determine what aid is to be reduced. This adjustment should be
made in the best interest of the recipient.
Additional Award Information
"Tuition and mandatory fees" is defined as the quarter, semester
or term charges imposed by an in-state institution of higher
educational upon all students as a required condition of
enrollment. For purposes of this rule, West Virginia University's
undergraduate health sciences students shall be treated as paying
the same amount of tuition and mandatory fees as all other West
Virginia University undergraduate students.
Only full-time, first-year students may receive initial awards.
Students already enrolled at an institution of higher education are
not eligible to apply for a PROMISE Scholarship award, except as
outlined in Section 188.8.131.52 in the PROMISE legislation .
College courses completed prior to the first semester of regular
enrollment (first semester - fall or spring - of college following
graduation from high school) will not exclude a student from
receiving an initial award.
Awards are contingent upon annual funding of the program by the
West Virginia State Legislature.