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.
The West Virginia Higher Education Grant is available to qualified residents of West Virginia. The following criteria are used to determine student eligibility: A citizen of the United States; West Virginia residency for at least 12 months prior to date of application (for dependent students, the legal residence of the parent(s) on the FAFSA is the student’s residency); 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; and Have not previously earned a bachelor’s degree.