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West Virginia Higher Education Grant

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 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1, 2017. It must be received by April 15, 2018 at www.fafsa.ed.gov New Window icon.

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 funding. Maximum annual awards for 2017-18 were $2,700.

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 application
  • 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

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Fill Out the FAFSA

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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in applying for financial aid for college.

That goes for certificate programs and two-year and four-year degree programs.

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Common Ground

The United States military service branches offer education and training programs and funds to help pay for college. Learn more about these opportunities by visiting the West Virginia "Common Ground" military and education partnership website Links opens in new window.