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.

December 2015

Apply for your Federal Student Aid ID at 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. Both you and your parent(s) must apply for separate FSA IDs.

January 2016

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at 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 2016

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 2016

The monthly payment plan option begins. You can sign up for the TuitionPay payment plan at
Parents who are interested in a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan must complete an online request at Likewise, graduate and professional level students who are interested in obtaining a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan must complete an online request at

June 2016

First-time Direct Loan borrowers must complete the online 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

Award notifications are mailed by the state higher education agencies 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 notifications will be sent by the WVU Office of Student Accounts to the student’s MIX email account.

Students who have met all financial aid requirements and 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 if you would like your refund deposited directly into your checking account.

August 2016

Payment for the fall 2016 semester is due. Financial aid such as loans, scholarships, waivers, and pending third-party contracts for the semester will count toward the student’s payments.

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 Student Accounts at 304-293-4006 or

If all of your financial aid requirements are met, your aid will disburse prior to the start of the semester. If your aid is more than the charges on your student account, a refund for educational expenses will be issued to you by PNC bank. You can monitor for unsatisfied financial aid requirements and your expected refund amount via MIX & STAR online.