West Virginia Higher Education
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 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1, 2016. It must be
received by May 1, 2017 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 funding.
Maximum annual awards for 2016-17 are $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
- 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.
Program Contact Information
Financial Aid Program Staff
1018 Kanawha Blvd. East, Suite 700
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 558-4618 or 1 (877) 987-7664