Financial Aid Timeline

Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

WVU’s Net Price Calculator at financialaid.wvu.edu/net-price-calculator can assist in exploring anticipated educational costs and financial aid options.

The Net Price Calculator provides estimates only. To apply for financial aid you must file the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid after October 1, 2016.

Once you are admitted, closely monitor your MIX email. It is the primary mode of communication.


September 2016

  • Apply for admission.
  • Seek out scholarships to help fund your educational expenses.
  • Apply for your Federal Student Aid ID (FSAID) at fsaid.ed.gov. Both you and your parent(s) must apply for separate FSA IDs. The FSA ID is used to electronically sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, complete Master Promissory Notes (MPN), Entrance Counseling, and PLUS Loan Requests.

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October 2016

  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at FAFSA.gov. To receive the best financial aid offer available to you, complete your FAFSA by the March 1, 2017 priority deadline. If you are interested in any state or private aid programs, check with the agency for application and deadline information.
  • West Virginia residents can submit the PROMISE Scholarship application. Additional information can be found here.
  • Schedule final ACT and/or SAT tests so scores will can be received by February 1, 2017.
  • Monitor your WVU Portal for requirements which could prevent your financial aid award offer.

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November 2016

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December 2016

  • Financial aid award notifications begin to admitted first-time freshmen with a valid FAFSA.

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January 2017

  • Make sure you are an admitted student with your most recent high school transcripts and ACT and/or SAT test scores on file to meet the February 1 deadline for institutional scholarships.

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February 2017

  • Submit a FAFSA by March 1 for priority consideration for financial aid.
  • West Virginia residents applying for the PROMISE Scholarship must complete both the application and FAFSA by March 1.

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May 2017

  • Parents and graduate or professional students interested in a Federal Direct PLUS Loan may apply at studentloans.gov.

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June 2017

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

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July 2017

  • Billing and payment information is sent one month before the start of the semester to the student’s MIX email.
  • 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 studentaccounts.wvu.edu/refunds.

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