Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is based upon students’ Expected Family Contribution as determined by the Department of Education. For 2011-12, awards are estimated to range from $555 to $5,550.
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
FSEOG is awarded to Federal Pell Grant recipients with zero EFC. For 2011-12, the awards are estimated to range from $500 to $1,000.
WV Grants and Scholarships
West Virginia PROMISE — The West Virginia PROMISE (Providing Real Opportunities for Maximizing In-State Student Excellence). The PROMISE Scholarship Program is a merit-based financial aid program available to West Virginia students who meet certain academic standards. The PROMISE Scholarship program is based on the student’s achievements and not on his or her parents’ financial resources, the college’s resources, or other factors. For 2011-12, eligible high school students will receive annual awards up to $4,750.
- West Virginia high school graduate (or approved private, out-of-state high school graduate) who completes school in West Virginia with a 3.0 grade point average in the core and overall coursework and
- A composite ACT score of at least 21, with minimum sub scores of 20 in each subject area, or a combined SAT score of at least 1000 with minimum sub scores of 490 in the verbal section and 480 in the math section.
West Virginia Higher Education Grant — Awarded to eligible West Virginia residents who demonstrate financial need on a first-come, first-serve basis. FAFSA must be submitted prior to April 15, 2011 to receive consideration. Maximum annual award for 2011-12 is $2,100
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be a West Virginia resident for at least 12 months prior to applying
- Be a high school graduate or have earned a General Education Development (GED) diploma
- Demonstrate a certain level of financial need (as determined by information reported on the FAFSA)
- Demonstrate academic promise
- Have not previously earned a bachelor’s degree.
Higher Education Adult Part-time Student (HEAPS) Grant Program — The HEAPS Grant Program encourages and enables needy West Virginia students to continue their education on a part-time basis at the postsecondary level. Recipients are selected each year by the respective institutions of higher education based on the applicant's eligibility and the availability of funds. HEAPS grants are eligible for renewal consideration until the program of study is completed but not to exceed an additional nine years beyond the first year of the award.
West Virginia residents can apply online for the PROMISE Scholarship, the West Virginia Higher Education Grant or the HEAPS grant.
The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) administers three (3) scholarship programs:
- Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship - The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program, is a federally funded program that offers a merit scholarship to high school seniors. The purpose of the Byrd Scholarship Program is to reward a student's academic excellence in high school and encourage continued progress.
- Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship - The Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program is a state-funded student aid program that offers undergraduate and graduate scholarships based on academic qualifications and interest in teaching. The objective is for a recipient to obtain a teaching certificate and commit to the pursuit of a teaching career in West Virginia public schools.
- West Virginia Engineering, Science and Technology Scholarship - The West Virginia Engineering, Science and Technology Scholarship Program is a state-funded program designed to encourage academically talented individuals to pursue careers in these fields. The objective is for a recipient to obtain a degree or certificate in engineering, science or technology and commit to the pursuit of a career in West Virginia.
Eligible residents of Pennsylvania - Rhode Island - Vermont - Delaware Higher Education Grants may apply through their respective state for state grant program. The grant is based on the student's financial need and determined by the individual state grant agency.