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Applying for Aid

Where to Start

Applying for financial aid can seem like a daunting process, but we are here to help!
  1. Become an admitted student to West Virginia University:   Students are not reviewed for scholarship or financial aid eligibility until they are admitted.  If you are a returning student, congratulations!  Your first step is done!
  2. Prepare for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Here are the steps you should take and documents you should gather in preparation for completing the FAFSA.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): The FAFSA must be completed every academic year a student is interested in federal financial aid.  Please note some state and scholarship programs require the student have a valid FAFSA on file each year.  The priority deadline to file is March 1 for the upcoming academic year.  However, the FAFSA can be completed after March 1 for consideration for some federal grant and loans.
  4. Pursue scholarships:   Incoming freshmen, transfer, and international students are automatically reviewed for institutional scholarships based documents provided to the Office of Admissions (transcripts, test scores, etc).  However, new and continuing students should also continue to seek additional scholarships:
    1. Departmental/college scholarships
    2. External/private scholarships
    3. Study abroad scholarships
    4. Osher Reentry scholarship for nontraditional students


Please note that after you apply for financial aid, additional documentation may be needed.  See Unsatisfied Requirements for more information.