West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges it has created,
the WV Higher Education Policy Commission has approved temporary
modifications to qualify for and renew WV financial aid programs.
Click here for more information
or watch this recorded training outlining
the modifications. Click here for information on ACT On-Campus
testing (ACT residual testing) opportunities for 2020 PROMISE
To file or check the status of a PROMISE Application visit
The West Virginia Student Aid Management System.
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 2020
>>See message above about important changes
due to COVID-19<<
OCTOBER 1, 2019
The 2020-21 FAFSA will be available on www.fafsa.ed.gov .
The PROMISE Application will be available on October 1,
MARCH 1, 2020: PROMISE Application and FAFSA Filing
- Students must complete the PROMISE Scholarship Application by
March 1, 2020.
- 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, 2020,
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 2020
Initial award notifications are sent to PROMISE Scholars by
their preferred method of contact, indicated on WVSAM account
JUNE 6, 2020: SAT
Last date to take the SAT to establish scholarship eligibility.
Scores will not be accepted for any SAT taken after June 6,
JULY 18, 2020: 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 18, 2020.
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