Students considered “non-degree” are those not in a degree-seeking program. They must meet certain criteria to be eligible for limited Federal Direct Loans.
There two categories of non-degree students eligible for federal aid:
- Students registered for courses that are necessary prerequisites for admission into a degree-seeking program. Note: These courses cannot be part of the degree program or intended to increase the student’s overall grade point average.
- Students registered for courses required for state teacher certification or recertification. Note: Students receiving the certification from WVU and not the state are not eligible for federal financial aid.
The following non-degree students are eligible for federal aid:
- Students who are provisional admits taking courses which are considered part of degree requirements.
- Students taking courses to increase overall GPA or test scores for admission into a degree-seeking program.
- Students who received aid as a non-degree student during their allotted consecutive twelve month period.
- Students receiving certification from WVU in addition to the state certification/recertification.
- Students receiving teacher certification from the University and not the state.
- Student must be enrolled in preparatory coursework REQUIRED for admission to a regular undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree program OR coursework needed for state teacher certification.
- Student must be enrolled at least half-time. Half-time is defined as six or more hours per semester at an undergraduate level and four or more hours at a graduate level.
- Only courses REQUIRED for admission to the degree program or state teacher certification may be considered when determining enrollment level and student aid eligibility.
Student must meet with a WVU academic official and complete the “Federal Financial Aid Application for Non-Degree Students” available under Forms.
- Aid eligibility is limited to Federal Direct Loans. Amounts vary based on student type.
|Maximum Annual Federal Loan Eligibility by Non-Degree Student Type|
|Student Type||Maximum Annual Direct Loan Eligibility *|
|Dependent Undergraduate||$2,625 Subsidized/Unsubsidized and Parent PLUS Loan up to Cost of Attendance|
|Independent Undergraduate||$2,625 Subsidized/Unsubsidized and $6,000 additional Unsubsidized|
|Graduate/Professional||$5,500 Subsidized/Unsubsidized and $7,000 additional Unsubsidized (Student cannot apply for Graduate PLUS Loan as a non-degree student)|
|Note: Actual awarded loan amounts are based on financial need, eligibility, and other applicable limitations and are to be divided equally between Fall and Spring semesters|
- Loan eligibility is limited to a single consecutive 12-month period for students in preparatory coursework. This limitation does not apply to those seeking teacher certification/recertification.
- Students will be monitored throughout the enrollment period to ensure they remain eligible.