West Virginia Higher Education
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 qualify for and
renew WV financial aid programss. Click
here for more information. Or watch this
recorded training outlining the modifications.
The West Virginia Higher Education Grant is a need-based
financial aid program designed to ensure West Virginia students
with financial need are given an opportunity to pursue
post-secondary education. The grant may be renewed until the
student's course of study is completed, but may not exceed an
additional three academic years beyond the initial award. Awards
are based on demonstrated financial need and generally may be used
in conjunction with other forms of state, federal and institutional
financial aid. Awards are contingent upon annual funding of the
program by the West Virginia State Legislature.
How do I apply?
For priority consideration:
File the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1, 2020. It must be
received by April 15, 2021 at www.fafsa.ed.gov .
What is the award amount?
The award amount each year varies based on a number of factors
including the financial need of applicants and available
What are the requirements?
The West Virginia Higher Education Grant is available to
qualified residents of West Virginia. The following criteria are
used to determine student eligibility:
- A citizen of the United States
- West Virginia residency for at least 12 months prior to date of
- Be a high school graduate or have earned a TASC (former GED) or
high school equivalent certificate
- Demonstrate an established level of financial need
- Demonstrate academic promise
- Enroll at a participating institution in West Virginia or
Pennsylvania as a full-time undergraduate student
- Have not previously earned a bachelor's degree
Where can it be used?
The West Virginia Higher Education Grant may be used at approved
post-secondary public and independent institutions in West Virginia
or Pennsylvania. The grant may be transferred from one eligible
institution to another. You can view a list of eligible
institutions by clicking here.
Program Contact Information
Financial Aid Program Staff
1018 Kanawha Blvd. East, Suite 700
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 558-4618 or 1 (877) 987-7664