PROMISE Scholarship Program Eligibility Requirements

2019 Eligibility Requirements for Initial PROMISE Award

To be awarded the PROMISE Scholarship an applicant must meet all applicable eligibility requirements by the established deadline.

 

1. Deadlines

The PROMISE application and FAFSA must be completed by March 1, 2019.

Applicants who miss the deadline may be eligible for a late award to begin the following Spring term of the application year, dependent upon availability of funding.

Students must apply for the scholarship within two years of graduation from high school, unless the applicant entered the United States armed services pursuant to Section 5 of the PROMISE Scholarship Program Rule PDF icon.

Only full-time, first-year students may receive initial awards. Students already enrolled at a higher education institution are not eligible to apply except as outlined under Section 2.1.7.1 of the PROMISE Scholarship Program Rule PDF icon.

2. Application

The deadline to apply for the Promise Scholarship is March 1, 2019.

To apply, visit

You must create a West Virginia Student Aid Management (WVSAM) Account to submit your application.

3. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

All applicants must submit a completed 2019-20 FAFSA by the March 1, 2019 deadline to be eligible.

  • A student's FAFSA must meet the conditions for processing by the March 1 deadline.

4. Residency Requirements

A student must have resided in West Virginia continuously for twelve consecutive months preceding the PROMISE Scholarship deadline, unless member of armed services or a military dependent under Section 6 of the PROMISE Scholarship Program Rule PDF icon.

5. Academic Requirements

Must complete high school graduation requirements at a West Virginia public or private high school.

Must complete at least one half of credits required for high school graduation through attendance at a public or private high school in the state of West Virginia.

  • Limited exceptions are available for students from West Virginia who commute daily to an out-of-state public or private high school and who qualify as a military dependent under Section 6 of the PROMISE Scholarship Program Rule.

Must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or whatever is considered a "B" average, based on county board grading policies, in both core courses AND overall coursework required for graduation by the West Virginia Department of Education.

  • Students attending private high schools must submit a grade report form to qualify. Private high school officials must verify grades were maintained through the final semester. Public School students DO NOT submit grade report forms, unless requested.

  • The Core grade point average is determined based on the grades in all core courses a student completes on the core class listing, not just those required for graduation. Click here for a complete list of high school course requirements.

  • Students using final grades to meet their eligibility are responsible for having their school send a grade report form and official transcript to our office, for consideration.

  • Applicants may qualify with sixth or seventh semester grades but must maintain the grade point average requirement through the eighth semester or the scholarship will be revoked.

  • If a student does not have a qualifying sixth or seventh semester grade point average, they must apply and have a completed FAFSA submitted by the March 1 deadline to be considered.

  • Grade point average calculations must be determined by a high school counselor or school official.

  • Weighted grades may be used based on county board grading policy.

Dual credit and other college coursework.

  • Students can take unlimited amount dual credit coursework prior to college enrollment and still be eligible for award.

  • College coursework taken in high school will count towards initial eligibility.

  • All college credits (including dual credit coursework) will be counted in the cumulative GPA calculation in determining PROMISE Scholarship renewal eligibility, regardless of whether the college accepts these credits.

  • Credit hours earned prior to the first fall semester of enrollment may not be counted toward the credit hour requirement in determining eligibility for award renewal. See the PROMISE renewal requirements tab for more information on maintaining scholarship eligibility.

Must complete the minimum core class requirements for the complete core class listing. List of Core Course Requirements PDF icon.

  • English - 4 credits

  • Mathematics - 4 credits

  • Social Sciences - 4 credits

  • Natural Sciences - 3 credits

6. Minimum Test Score Requirements

Must meet standardized test score criteria on ACT or SAT national test by the July test date for ACT and June test date for the SAT of the application year.

  • ACT Score requirement: 22 composite score with a minimum of 20 in English, Mathematics, Science, and Reading.

  • SAT Score requirement:

    • Total score 1100.
    • Math 520.
    • Evidence Based Reading and Writing 530.
    • The SAT writing portion is not included in the calculation of the composite score.

Scores must be from a single testing date and cannot be combined from multiple test administrations.

Students must submit an application and FAFSA by deadline, even if they have not met the required testing scores by the March 1 deadline.

Last test dates to qualify for PROMISE

  • ACT- July 13, 2019

  • SAT- June 1, 2019

7. Additional Requirements for students not graduating from a West Virginia public or private high school.

Homeschooled Applicants

Effective with the Class of 2019, homeschooled applicants must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or whatever is considered a "B" average in both core courses AND overall coursework required for graduation.

  • Homeschooled applicants must submit a homeschooled grade report form and a transcript to qualify. Click here to find the home-schooled grade report form.
  • The Core grade point average is determined based on the grades in all core courses a student completes on the core class listing, not just those required for graduation.

Must complete the minimum core class requirements.  Click here for a complete list of high school core course requirements.

  • English - 4 credits

  • Mathematics - 4 credits

  • Social Sciences - 4 credits

  • Natural Sciences - 3 credits

Home school applicants must provide documentation of home-schooled status from your county school board office. Documentation must show that you were homeschooled during the 11th and 12th grades.

Eligible Commuter Applicants Only

Eligible commuters must submit a grade report form and transcript to qualify. Grade Report Forms can be found under forms and must be submitted by a high school counselor or school official.

Eligible commuters must provide documentation from a high school counselor or school official that you commuted on a daily basis to an out of state high school.

If you are taking the ACT/SAT in a state other than West Virginia, an official score must be sent to our office.

  • ACT code: 4539

  • SAT code: 3456

Military Dependents/ Armed Services Members Only

Provide documentation of military status.

Military dependent applicants must submit a grade report form and official transcript to qualify. Grade Report Forms can be found at https://secure.cfwv.com/Financial_Aid_Planning/Scholarships/Promise/Forms.aspx and must be submitted by a high school counselor or school official.

Military dependent/ Armed Services Member applicants must submit verification of maintaining legal residence in West Virginia while serving in the United States armed forces while the student attended high school.

If you are taking the ACT/SAT in a state other than West Virginia, an official score must be sent to our office.

  • ACT code: 4539

  • SAT code: 3456

 

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