PROMISE Scholarship Program Renewal
IMPORTANT UPDATE - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the
challenges it has created, the WV Higher Education Policy
Commission has approved temporary modifications to the requirement
for renewal for the 2020-21 academic year for WV financial aid
programs. Click here for more
For a student to retain or have the PROMISE award renewed each
year, the student must:
Maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0
scale the first year and a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in
Complete and earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in each
12-month period for a student who receives a two-semester award in
an academic year. If a student receives a single-semester award,
the student must complete and earn a minimum of 15 credit hours in
an academic year.
Remain continuously enrolled as a full time student
(scholars are not required to be full time or meet renewal during
their final year of scholarship eligibility).
Scholars may use subsequent summer sessions at their own expense
to meet the requirements for renewal (see below).
Eligibility for renewal is determined by your institution,
according to institutional grading policies at the end of an
The academic year for calculating renewal begins with the fall
semester and ends with the summer semester.
If you lose the scholarship, you cannot regain it at a later
PROMISE Scholars are not required to reapply to the scholarship
yearly but are encouraged to file the FAFSA on a yearly basis, to
see if they qualify for any other types of financial aid.
Credits included/excluded from the cumulative GPA
All college credit hours and corresponding grades must be
counted in determining PROMISE Scholarship eligibility, regardless
of whether the college accepts these credits. Any college
credit hours earned prior to the first semester of fall or spring
enrollment may not be counted toward the credit hour requirement in
determining eligibility for award renewal.
Credit for a course taken again during the same award year,
including the summer, to improve a grade, or for any other purpose,
will only be counted once towards meeting the hours
Scholars may use subsequent summer sessions (at their own
expense) to meet the requirements for renewal.
If a student enrolls in summer school to attain the minimum
credit hours or the grade point average required, he or she shall
not receive a PROMISE scholarship award for that summer enrollment.
Summer courses must be completed before the commencement of a
regular semester at the PROMISE eligible institution the student