Financial Aid Timeline

WVU’s Net Price Calculator at financialaid.wvu.edu/net-price-calculator and US Department of Education’s FAFSA4caster at FAFSA4caster.ed.gov 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 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid after January 1, 2015. Once you are admitted, closely monitor your MIX email account. It is the major mode of communication used by WVU.

December 2014

Apply for your Federal Student Aid ID at studentaid.ed.gov. The FSA ID is used to electronically sign the FAFSA on the Web, complete Master Promissory Notes (MPN), Entrance Counseling and the PLUS Request Process for federal educational loans. You and your parent(s) must apply for separate FSA IDs.

January 2015

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov. To be considered for all aid programs, the FAFSA must be received by the federal processor 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 2015

Award notifications are sent first to applicants who filed the FAFSA by the March 1st deadline. The award notification will detail how to accept/decline the financial aid offer.

May 2015

Monthly payment plans begin. You can sign up for the “TuitionPay” payment plan at studentaccounts.wvu.edu/payments/tuitionpay_plan.
Parents who are interested in obtaining a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan must complete an online request at studentloans.gov. Likewise, graduate and professional level students who are interested in obtaining a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan must complete an online request at studentloans.gov.

June 2015

First-time Direct Loan borrowers complete online Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling at studentloans.gov

If you accepted Federal Work Study, upload your resume and work availability to MountaineerTRAK, studentemployment.wvu.edu and apply for up to three positions. Then, check MIX for interview information.

July 2015

Award notifications are mailed by the state higher education agency for students who qualify for West Virginia or Pennsylvania State Grant programs.

Billing and payment information is sent one month before the start of the semester. The notification will be sent by the WVU Office of Student Accounts to the student’s MIX email account.

Students who have met all of your financial aid requirements and who have more financial aid than charges for the term will be eligible for a refund at the beginning of the semester. Sign up for e-Refund at paymentportal.pnc.com/wvu if you would like your refund deposited directly into a bank account.

August 2015

All students are required to pay at least 60 percent of their fall 2015 bill by Friday, August 7. Financial aid such as loans and scholarships, in addition to tuition waivers, personal payments, or pending third party contracts will all count toward the total calculation.

Students who do not remit the minimum payment by this date will lose their seats in their classes as their schedules will be removed on Monday, August 10. If students are removed from their classes on Monday, Aug. 10 a reinstatement fee of $100 will be assessed should they choose to re-register. Effective Fall 2015 term, the Office of Student Accounts will no longer offer a “paper bill”, and students are encouraged to look at their accounts on-line (through MIX) to determine their account status. For more information, contact Student Accounts at 304-293-4006 or OSA@mail.wvu.edu.

PNC will process refunds if you have met all of your financial aid requirements (check MIX & STAR online).