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 (wvhepc.edu).

To apply or check your PROMISE Scholarship application status, visit the West Virginia Student Aid Management System by clicking the WVSAM button below.

PROMISE Scholarship

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 Legislature.

PROMISE Scholarship Eligibility Requirements


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 New Window icon.

The PROMISE Application will be available on October 1, 2020.

MARCH 1, 2021: PROMISE Application and FAFSA Filing Deadline

  • 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 creation.


Last date to take the SAT to establish scholarship eligibility. Scores will not be accepted for any SAT taken after August 2021.

To report your official scores to our office use SAT Code: 3456

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: 4539

PROMISE Scholarship Renewal Requirements

Summer PROMISE Scholarship Awards


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.

List of Community Service Contacts PDF icon


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
Email: PROMISE@wvhepc.edu
Fax: (855) 292-1415

Frequently Asked Questions