Financial Aid Timeline

WVU’s Net Price Calculator at and US Department of Education’s FAFSA4caster at can assist in exploring financial aid options and anticipated educational costs. These websites provide estimates only; in order to officially apply for financial aid you must file the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid after January 1, 2016. Once you are admitted, closely monitor your MIX email account. It is the major mode of communication used by WVU.

October 2015

  • WVU begins notifying incoming, admitted freshmen of their merit scholarship offers. Freshman scholarship information can be found here.

November 2015

  • The state of West Virginia begins accepting applications for the PROMISE Scholarship for WV residents. Additional information can be found here.

December 2015

  • Apply for your Federal Student Aid ID (FSAID) at Both you and your parent(s) must apply for separate FSA IDs. The FSA ID is used to electronically sign the FAFSA on the Web, complete Master Promissory Notes (MPN), Entrance Counseling, and complete a PLUS Loan Request.

January 2016

  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at To be considered for all aid programs, the FAFSA must submitted by March 1. If your application is received after March 1, you will only receive consideration for a Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loans. If you are interested in any state or private aid programs, check with the agency for application and deadline information.

March 2016

  • Financial aid award notifications are sent first to applicants who filed the FAFSA by the March 1st deadline.
  • The monthly payment plan enrollment opens on March 29 for Summer 2016 and Fall/Spring 2016-17. You can sign up for the TuitionPay payment plan at

May 2016

  • Parents and graduate or professional students interested in a Federal Direct PLUS Loan may apply for the PLUS Loan at
  • Enrollment opens for the Bookstore Reserve program on May 23. This program allows students who have financial aid in excess of the charges on their student account to pay for books with their additional aid. The books are held on “reserve” for the students to pick up near the start of the semester. More information is available at

June 2016

  • First-time Direct Loan borrowers must complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling at
  • If you accepted Federal Work Study, upload your resume and work availability to MountaineerTRAK – – and apply for up to three positions. Monitor your MIX email for communications from hiring supervisors.

July 2016

  • Billing and payment information is sent one month before the start of the semester to the student’s MIX email account from the WVU Office of Student Accounts.
  • Students who have more financial aid than institutional charges will be eligible for a refund at the beginning of the semester. Sign up for direct deposit through
  • The Fall 2016 bill (less displayed financial aid) is due on July 27. Since aid cannot disburse until August 7, financial aid authorized on students’ accounts will display on the bill and count as expected payment. You do not have to make payment for the portion of the bill covered by authorized financial aid. This will be reflected on the student’s STAR account under “Student Services and Housing,” then “Student Accounts,” then “Electronic Bill By Term/Make Payment.”
  • Students must submit a student insurance waiver by July 27 if they want to opt-out of the student health insurance for Fall 2016. To do so, students must have insurance coverage valid within the state of West Virginia. The waiver can be completed at

August 2016

  • The last day to enroll in the Bookstore Reserve program is August 3. More information is available at
  • Financial aid will release to pay toward the fall bill on August 7. The Office of Student Accounts will begin processing refunds for students whose financial aid is more than the charges on their account.
  • Students who do not remit payment by the fall payment deadline will lose their seats in their classes as their schedules will be removed. If students are removed from their classes, a reinstatement fee will be assessed should they choose to re-register. The Office of Student Accounts no longer offers a “paper bill”, and students are encouraged to review their accounts online (through MIX) to determine their account status. For more information, contact the Mountaineer Hub at 304-293-1WVU or
  • The first day of the fall semester is August 17.
  • The last day to modify your schedule (add/drop) is August 23.
  • If students have opted to use the Bookstore Reserve program, they must pick up their books by August 26. More information is available at