West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship
Important Updates related to COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the WV Higher Education Policy
Commission has approved temporary modifications to qualify for
(class of 2020 and class of 2021) and renewal (2019-20) for WV
financial aid programs. Click here
for more information regarding these changes. For information
on the free ACT On-Campus testing opportunity for high school
seniors who have applied for the Promise scholarship, visit ACT On-Campus
Exams - West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
To apply or check your PROMISE Scholarship application
status, visit the West Virginia Student Aid Management System by
clicking the WVSAM button below.
The PROMISE Scholarship is a merit-based financial aid program
for West Virginia residents. Students who achieve certain academic
requirements are eligible to receive funds to help pay for college.
Eligible high school graduates will receive annual awards up to
$4,750 to cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees at public or
independent institutions in West Virginia. Awards are contingent
upon annual funding of the program by the West Virginia State
Timeline for the Class of 2021
>>See message above about important changes
due to COVID-19<<
OCTOBER 1, 2020
The 2021-22 FAFSA will be available on www.fafsa.ed.gov .
The PROMISE Application will be available on October 1,
MARCH 1, 2021: PROMISE Application and FAFSA Filing
- Students must complete the PROMISE Scholarship Application by
March 1, 2021.
- In order to be considered for the PROMISE Scholarship, the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be received by the
Federal Student Aid Processing Center on or before March 1, 2021,
and meet the conditions for processing.
- Students who have not met the GPA and/or test score
requirements, can qualify after March 1, but must submit an
application and FAFSA by the March 1 deadline.
APRIL / MAY 2021
Initial award notifications are sent to PROMISE Scholars by
their preferred method of contact, indicated on WVSAM account
AUGUST 2021: SAT
Last date to take the SAT to establish scholarship eligibility.
Scores will not be accepted for any SAT taken after August
To report your official scores to our office use SAT Code:
JULY 2021: ACT
Last date to take the ACT (national test only) to establish
scholarship eligibility. Scores will not be accepted for any ACT
taken after August 2021.
To report your official scores to our office use ACT Code:
Community Service for PROMISE Scholarship Applicants
Applicants for PROMISE Scholarship awards are strongly urged to
perform at least 20 hours of unpaid community service while in high
school and college. The community service may include, but is not
limited to, participating with non-profit, governmental,
institutional or community-based organizations designed to improve
the quality of life for community residents, meet the needs of
community residents or foster civic responsibility.
Community Service Contacts
PROMISE Scholarship Program Contact Information
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
Division of Financial Aid
1018 Kanawha Blvd. East, Suite 700
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: (304) 558-4618 or 1 (877) 987-7664
Fax: (855) 292-1415
Frequently Asked Questions