Choose West Virginia Practice
The Choose West Virginia Practice Program is a tuition waiver
program that incentivizes nonresident West Virginia medical
students to remain in West Virginia to practice. Two out of state
medical students from each West Virginia medical school are
eligible to be awarded each academic year. Students who are
awarded will receive a tuition waiver for the differential between
in-state and out of state tuition (approximately $30,000). In
exchange for the award, students agree to practice at an eligible
service site one year for every year they receive the award.
To be eligible for the award, students must:
Be accepted or enrolled at Marshall University, West Virginia
School of Osteopathic Medicine, or West Virginia University in a
program leading to a degree of Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of
Meet institutional requirements for being classified as an out
of state student.
Not be in default of any previous student loan.
Although students from any current medical school class year are
eligible to apply, medical students who meet the eligibility
criteria listed above and who are in their first year of medical
school will receive preference.
Subject to continued state funding, students who receive an
award will be eligible to receive an award in each of their
remaining years of medical school as long as they:
Progress to the next academic year of their program
Maintain good academic standing
Maintain good professional standing
Participants may complete residency and/or fellowship training
in West Virginia or in other states. The service obligation begins
within six months after the participant completes training. It
requires that participants practice at an eligible site one year
for each year they receive the award (a maximum of 4 years).
Participants are responsible for securing their own practice
Eligible sites include any specialty and any site located within
the shaded area of the Eligible Service Areas Map . Additionally, participants may practice
any of the following primary care or shortage specialties at any
site anywhere in West Virginia:
General Internal Medicine
Psychiatry (includes Addiction, Child & Adolescent, and
In the event the service obligation is not completed, the
participant is responsible for repaying the award amount received
plus five percent interest accruing from the date training is
completed or terminated.
Awards are based on a competitive application process and the
recommendations of a review committee. Funds will be applied
directly to a student's tuition account according to processes
outlined by each school.
The application process is competitive, so please be sure to
thoroughly and accurately complete the information requested. Your
application must be postmarked by November 1, 2019.
The application will be posted on or shortly
after September 27, 2019.
ELIGIBILITY FOR OTHER FINANCIAL INCENTIVE PROGRAMS
Students who receive a Choose West Virginia Program award also
may qualify for other financial incentives for practice in rural or
underserved areas of West Virginia (see West Virginia Recruitment
Programs in the resources section below). In some cases, the
service obligations can be met concurrently. However, federal law
prohibits concurrent service of a Choose West Virginia Practice
Program obligation with some federal programs' service obligations,
such as National Health Service Corps programs
West Virginia Physician Recruitment Programs
For more information, contact:
Senior Director for Health Sciences
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
Or your school's program contact:
Asst. Director of Financial Aid, WVU
Director of Financial Aid, WVSOM