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Grants

Grants are a type of gift aid which means they usually do not have to be paid back (unlike loans which do need repaid).  They are awarded based on financial need and/or academic merit.

Choose Your Student Type for Grant Options:

Not Eligible for Grants 
  • International Students
  • Non-Degree Students
  • Professional Students:    Please note that Pharmacy (PharmD) students with no prior degree are considered professional undergraduates for the first and second years of the program.  They would need to select "Current Undergraduate" above for grant options.

Undergraduate Grants

Undergraduate grants are those awarded to undergraduate students pursuing an associate's degree or first bachelor's degree: first-time freshmen, transfer, and current.

Federal Pell Grant


  • Student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
  • May only be awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree.
  • Amount awarded is based on estimated full-time enrollment.  The actual grant amount that disburses is based on the number of credit hours for which a student is enrolled on the last day of the add/drop period for the semester.
  • Students cannot receive the grant for more than 12 semesters of full-time enrollment or after completion of a bachelor's degree.
  • Additional information at studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/pell.
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Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

  • Student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the March 1 priority deadline.  Funding is limited, and not all eligible students will receive the grant.
  • Based on financial need and only awarded to students eligible for the Federal Pell Grant.
  • May only be awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree.
  • Students offered the SEOG must accept/decline their offer within 30 days of their financial aid award notification date.
  • Student must be enrolled at least half-time for disbursement.
  • Additional information at studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/fseog.
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Mountaineer Connection Grant

  • Mountaineer Connection is awarded based on a combination of financial need and academic merit.
  • This grant is only available to students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree.

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Federal TEACH Grant (Teacher Assistance for College and Higher Education)

To be eligible for TEACH Grant, undergraduate students must:
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Complete the Federal TEACH Grant Application available on the "Forms" section.
  • Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen (for federal aid).
  • Be at a college junior or senior level.
  • Be admitted into one of the eligible degree-seeking programs listed on the TEACH Grant Application.
  • Be pursuing both a degree and certification.  Students pursuing a degree only or certification only are not eligible.
  • Have an overall grade point average of at least 3.25 at the time of initial and subsequent disbursements of the grant in addition to meeting satisfactory academic progress standards for financial aid eligibility.  The GPA requirement can be waived for current or former teachers.  Students can also submit documentation showing a score in the 75th percentile on at least one admissions test.
  • Additional Requirements:  Once a student is awarded TEACH, they must complete the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and entrance (or subsequent) counseling online at studentloans.gov before the grant will disburse.  The student will be notified once the requirements are available via their student MIX email.
As part of the Agreement to Serve, recipients must agree to:
  1. Meet federal requirements for a highly qualified teacher.
  2. Serve as a full-time teacher at a school that services low-income students for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of leaving or completing their course of study.
  3. During those four years, teach within the "high-need" field (course of study) for which the grant was received (examples: mathematics, science, special education).
  4. Provide certification by the school's chief administrator annually as evidence of required employment.
If students fail to meet the terms of their Agreement to Serve, the TEACH grant amounts received will convert to Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan debt which must be repaid to the government.  This loan will be charged interest from the date the grant was originally disbursed. 

TEACH recipients should contact their TEACH Grant Servicer before choosing to take a semester off as their grant could default to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan due to the break in enrollment.

Additional information at studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/teach.

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Federal Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and
  • You are not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution but meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and
  • Your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq of Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, and
  • You were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent's or guardian's death.
  • May only be awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree.
  • Additional information at studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/iraq-afghanistan-service.
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State Grants

State grant awards are determined by individual state higher education agencies.  It is important to note they often have academic requirements to maintain eligibility (such as a minimum overall grade point average, a required amount of earned hours for the academic year, and/or maintaining satisfactory academic progress for financial aid eligibility).

Check with your state agency or high school counselor for additional information and deadlines for your state.  You can find a complete listing of all state higher education offices here.  Below are common state programs received by WVU students.

Please note some students from various states may be eligible for reduced tuition due to their state of residency and/or program of study.  Visit admissions.wvu.edu/cost-and-aid and scroll to the bottom to the "Reduced Tuition" section for more information.
Delaware
Students who are legal residents of the state of Delaware can contact the Delaware Department of Education for information regarding grants and scholarships which can be utilized at WVU. 

Prior recipients of Delaware funds may see estimated awards on their financial aid for upcoming academic years.  Funding is not guaranteed until WVU receives notice of the award and eligibility requirements from Delaware.  The institution is normally notified around the beginning of each semester of eligibility (after the add/drop period).  There may be additional steps that need completed with the Delaware Dept. of Education in order to secure funding.
Funds from Delaware are not received in time to apply to students' bills for the semester.  They are normally received approximately 6 to 8 weeks into the semester.  Please plan accordingly.

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Kentucky
Students who are legal residents of the state of Kentucky can contact the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) for information regarding grants and scholarships which can be utilized at WVU. 

Prior recipients of Kentucky funds may see estimated awards on their financial aid for upcoming academic years.  Funding is not guaranteed until WVU receives notice of the award and eligibility requirements from Kentucky.  The institution is normally notified around the beginning of each semester of eligibility (after the add/drop period).  There may be additional steps that need completed with KHEAA order to secure funding.

Funds from Kentucky are not received in time to apply to students' bills for the semester.  They are normally received approximately 6 to 8 weeks into the semester.  Please plan accordingly.

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Maryland
Students who are legal residents of the state of Maryland can contact the Maryland Higher Education Commission for information regarding grants and scholarships which can be utilized at WVU. 
Prior recipients of Maryland funds may see estimated awards on their financial aid for upcoming academic years.  Funding is not guaranteed until WVU receives notice of the award and eligibility requirements from Maryland.  The institution is normally notified around the beginning of each semester of eligibility (after the add/drop period).  There may be additional steps that need completed with the Maryland Higher Ed. Commission order to secure funding.

Funds from Maryland are not received in time to apply to students' bills for the semester.  They are normally received approximately 8 to 10 weeks into the semester.  Please plan accordingly.

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Pennsylvania
Students who are legal residents of the state of Pennsylvania can contact the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for information regarding grants and scholarships which can be utilized at WVU. 

Prior recipients of Pennsylvania funds may see estimated awards on their financial aid for upcoming academic years.  Funding is not guaranteed until WVU receives notice of the award and eligibility requirements from Pennsylvania.  The institution is normally notified around the beginning of each semester of eligibility (after the add/drop period).  There may be additional steps that need completed with PHEAA in order to secure funding.

Funds from Pennsylvania are not received in time to apply to students' bills for the semester.  They are normally received approximately 8 to 10 weeks into the semester.  Please plan accordingly.

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Vermont
Students who are legal residents of the state of Vermont can contact the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) for information regarding grants and scholarships which can be utilized at WVU. 

Prior recipients of Vermont funds may see estimated awards on their financial aid for upcoming academic years.  Funding is not guaranteed until WVU receives notice of the award and eligibility requirements from Vermont.  The institution is normally notified around the beginning of each semester of eligibility (after the add/drop period).  There may be additional steps that need completed with VSAC order to secure funding.

Funds from Vermont are not received in time to apply to students' bills for the semester.  They are normally received approximately 6 to 8 weeks into the semester.  Please plan accordingly.

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West Virginia
Students who are legal residents of the state of West Virginia may be eligible for the WV Higher Education Grant (for full-time students) or the WV Higher Education Adult Part-Time Student Grant (HEAPS) (for students enrolled less than full-time).
WV Higher Education Grant (WVHEG)
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WV Higher Education Adult Part-Time Student Grant (HEAPS)
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Graduate Grants

There is one grant available to graduate-level students.  It is only available to students pursuing certain programs of study within the College of Education and Human Services.

Federal TEACH Grant (Teacher Assistance for College and Higher Education)

To be eligible for TEACH Grant,  graduate students must:
As part of the Agreement to Serve, recipients must agree to:
  1. Meet federal requirements for a highly qualified teacher.
  2. Serve as a full-time teacher at a school that services low-income students for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of leaving or completing their course of study.
  3. During those four years, teach within the "high-need" field (course of study) for which the grant was received (examples: mathematics, science, special education).
  4. Provide certification by the school's chief administrator annually as evidence of required employment.
If students fail to meet the terms of their Agreement to Serve, the TEACH grant amounts received will convert to Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan debt which must be repaid to the government.  This loan will be charged interest from the date the grant was originally disbursed. 

TEACH recipients should contact their TEACH Grant Servicer before choosing to take a semester off as their grant could default to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan due to the break in enrollment.

Additional information at studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/teach