West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship
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
Important Updates: Temporary Changes Related to COVID-19
For students in the high school graduating class of 2021:
- The standardized testing deadline to qualify for the Promise
Scholarship has been extended from August 2021 to October
- Colleges and universities statewide are continuing to offer
free ACT On-Campus exams; dates and times are posted at wvhepc.edu/act-on-campus-exams/.
For students in the high school graduating classes of 2021 and
- These students will now qualify for super-scoring to achieve
the minimum standardized testing scores necessary to qualify for
the Promise Scholarship. This allows students to take their top
scores from sub-sections of different ACT or SAT tests they've
taken and combine them for a higher overall score.
For students in the high school graduating class of 2021 receiving
the Promise Scholarship for the first time in 2021-22, the test
score requirements have been lowered as follows:
- ACT composite score - 21 (regularly 22); ACT English score - 19
(regularly 20); ACT Reading score - 19 (regularly 20); ACT Science
score - 19 (regularly 20); ACT Math score - 19 (regularly 20).
- SAT composite score - 1080 (regularly 1100); SAT
Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing score - 510 (regularly 530);
SAT Math score - 510 (regularly 520).
For students who received the Promise Scholarship for 2020-21 and
are renewing it for the 2021-22 award year:
- The grade point average required for renewal is waived for this
upcoming award year only.
Timeline for the Class of 2021
>>See message above about important changes
due to COVID-19<<
OCTOBER 1, 2020
The 2021-22 FAFSA became available on www.fafsa.ed.gov .
The PROMISE Application became available on October
APRIL / MAY 2021
Initial award notifications were sent to Promise Scholars by
their preferred method of contact, indicated on WVSAM account
creation, and will be sent on a rolling basis as students become
JULY 1, 2021: PROMISE Application and FAFSA Filing
- Students must complete the PROMISE Scholarship Application by
July 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
July 1, 2021, and meet the conditions for processing.
- Students who have not met the GPA and/or test score
requirements can qualify after July 1, but must submit an
application and FAFSA by the July 1 deadline.
OCTOBER 2021: SAT
Last date to take the SAT to establish scholarship eligibility.
Scores will not be accepted for any SAT taken after October
To report your official scores to our office use SAT Code:
OCTOBER 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 October 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