The West Virginia Higher Education Grant is a need-based financial aid program designed to ensure West Virginia students with financial need are given an opportunity to pursue post-secondary education. The grant may be renewed until the student’s course of study is completed, but may not exceed an additional three academic years beyond the initial award. Awards are based on demonstrated financial need and generally may be used in conjunction with other forms of state, federal and institutional financial aid. Awards are contingent upon annual funding of the program by the West Virginia State Legislature.
Eligibility & Requirements
- A citizen of the United States.
- West Virginia residency for at least 12 months prior to date of application.
- Be a high school graduate or have earned a TASC (former GED) or high school equivalent certificate.
- Demonstrate an established level of financial need.
- Demonstrate academic promise.
- Enroll at a participating institution in West Virginia or Pennsylvania as a full-time undergraduate student.
- Have not previously earned a bachelor’s degree.
How to Apply
- For priority consideration: File the 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1, 2022. It must be received by July 1, 2022 at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
The West Virginia Higher Education Grant may be used at approved post-secondary public and independent institutions in West Virginia or Pennsylvania. The grant may be transferred from one eligible institution to another.
The award amount each year varies based on a number of factors including the financial need of applicants and available funding, but $2,700 is the standard funding.
July 1, 2022, this is an annual grant and must be renewed or applied for before July 1st of each year.