West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship
To file or check the status of a PROMISE Application visit The
West Virginia Student Aid Management System.
For an overview of the PROMISE application process, information
on editing or checking the status of your application, and WVSAM
login and password retrieval, view the PROMISE application and
WVSAM tutorial located under PROMISE resources.
The PROMISE Scholarship is a merit-based financial aid program
for West Virginia residents. Students who achieve certain academic
goals 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.
Timeline for the Class of 2017
OCTOBER 1, 2016
The 2017-18 FAFSA will be available on www.fafsa.ed.gov .
The PROMISE Application will be available on October 1,
MARCH 1, 2017: PROMISE Application and FAFSA Filing
- Students must complete the PROMISE Scholarship Application
(Application for State-Level Financial Aid Programs) by this date.
Students may use their eighth semester (typically the spring
semester of their senior year) grades to achieve PROMISE
eligibility (3.0 GPA in the
core classes and overall), but must apply by March 1st.
- 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, 2017,
and meet the conditions for processing.
Initial award letters are mailed to PROMISE Scholars.
JUNE 3, 2017: SAT
Last date to take the SAT to establish scholarship eligibility
(reasoning test only). Scores will not be accepted for any SAT
taken after June 3, 2017.
JUNE 10, 2017: ACT
Last date to take the ACT (national test only) to establish
scholarship eligibility. Scores will not be accepted for any ACT
taken after June 10, 2017.
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.
PROMISE Scholarship Program Contact Information
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
Division of Financial Aid
1018 Kanawha Blvd. East, Suite 700
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 558-4618 or 1 (877) 987-7664
Frequently Asked Questions