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.

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 2018

OCTOBER 1, 2017

The 2018-19 FAFSA will be available on www.fafsa.ed.gov New Window icon.

The PROMISE Application will be available on October 1, 2017.

MARCH 1, 2018: PROMISE Application and FAFSA Filing Deadline

  • Students must complete the PROMISE Scholarship Application by March 1, 2018.
  • 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, 2018, 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 2018

Initial award notifications are sent to PROMISE Scholars by their preferred method of contact, indicated on WVSAM account creation.

JUNE 2, 2018: 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 2, 2018.

JULY 14, 2018: ACT

Last date to take the ACT (national test only) to establish scholarship eligibility. Scores will not be accepted for any ACT taken after July 14, 2018.


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

(304) 558-4618 or 1 (877) 987-7664

Frequently Asked Questions