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.

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


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 2021.
  • 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 2022:
  • 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 New Window icon.

The PROMISE Application became available on October 1, 2020.

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 eligible thereafter.

JULY 1, 2021: PROMISE Application and FAFSA Filing Deadline

  • 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.


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

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


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: 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