PROMISE Scholarship Program Eligibility Requirements

2014 Eligibility Requirements for Initial PROMISE Award

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

PROMISE Application Checklist

1. Deadlines

The PROMISE application and FAFSA must be completed by March 1, 2014.

Applicants who miss the deadline will be eligible for a Spring award, 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, 2014.

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3. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

All applicants must submit a completed 2014-15 FAFSA by the March 1, 2014 deadline to be eligible.

  • A student's FAFSA must meet the conditions for processing by the March 1 deadline.
  • Even if you haven't filed your federal tax return, FAFSA will allow you to estimate using last years tax federal income tax forms and update once you have submitted your taxes.

4. Residency Requirements

A student and his/her parents 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. Public School students DO NOT submit grade report forms.

  • 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)

  • Initial eligibility will be determined by grades at the end of the seventh high school semester, but applicants may qualify as late as after the eighth semester.

  • Students using the last semester of high school to determine their eligibility are responsible for having their school send an official transcript identifying both the core and overall grade point averages.

  • Applicants who qualify with seventh semester grades 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 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 determination 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 credit hours prior to college enrollment and still be eligible for award.

  • College coursework taken in high will count towards initial eligibility but not towards PROMISE renewal requirements.

Must complete the minimum core class requirements for the complete core class listing click here

  • 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 June testing dates of the application year.

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

  • SAT Score requirement: 1020 combined score with minimum of 480 in Mathematics and 490 in Critical Reading.

The ACT and/or 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- June 14, 2014

  • SAT- June 7, 2014

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

Homeschooled Applicants

Home school applicants must submit an official GED score to our office. To be eligible for a PROMISE award a home schooled student must pass the General Educational Development (GED) examination with a minimum score of 2500.

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 transcript to qualify. Grade Report Forms can be found at WWW.CFWV.COM/PROMISE under forms and must be submitted by a high school counselor or school official.

Military dependent/ Armed Services Member applicants must submit verification of parent or legal guardian 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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