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Undergraduate Aid Offer

All About Your Aid Offer

Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

We are pleased you have chosen one of West Virginia University’s campuses to further your education and look forward to assisting you during your time here.

  1. Understanding Your Estimated Cost of Attendance
  2. How Much Will It Cost?
  3. Understanding Your Estimated Financial Aid
  4. How to Accept Your Aid
  5. In Which Order Should You Accept Financial Aid?
  6. Types of Undergraduate Aid
  7. How Is Financial Aid Determined?
  8. What if My FAFSA Does Not Accurately Reflect My Financial Need or My Circumstances Have Changed?
  9. Other Payment Options
  10. What if You're Not Sure if You're Attending?
  11. Changes to the Financial Aid Award
  12. Important Information to Remember
  13. Problems Logging into STAR

Understanding Your Estimated Cost of Attendance

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How Much Will It Cost?

  1. Review the estimated cost of attendance provided and develop your own budget for fall and spring.
  2. Subtract any grants, scholarships, and waivers you accept.
  3. Subtract any outside sponsorships or scholarships you receive from third-parties (outside of the institution).
  4. The remaining balance will be your out-of-pocket expenses. This can be covered by accepting federal loans or exploring Other Payment Options.
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Understanding Your Estimated Financial Aid

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Types of Aid

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What if You're Not Sure if You're Attending?

Making a decision on your financial aid offer is not an official commitment to attend. If you accept financial aid and decide not to attend, you can request cancellation of your aid offer by submitting an online assistance request to the Mountaineer Hub.  Please include your WVUID number in all correspondence. You should also notify your Admissions Office:

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Important Information to Remember

  • Give A Parent, Spouse, or Guest Access to Your Account Information: To grant access to your information to a parent or guest visit parent-guest.portal.wvu.edu. Due to the protection of students’ rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act we can only discuss information with parents or guests to which the student has granted them access.
  • Accept Some (Not All) Aid Programs Within 30 Days: Aid programs listed on your financial aid offer with an * asterisk may be canceled if you do not make a decision within 30 days.
  • Keep Your Contact Information Up-to-Date: Communications regarding your financial aid are sent to the parent/permanent address on file or your MIX email. It is imperative you keep your contact information up-to-date and check your MIX email regularly for important information such as award changes, billing notifications, etc.
  • Important Dates: Monitor financialaid.wvu.edu for important deadlines.
  • Follow Us: You can also follow us on Facebook ( WVUSFSS) or Twitter ( @WVUSFSS) for updates, reminders, tips, and scholarship opportunities!
  • Donors and Sponsors: Donors and sponsors of financial aid and scholarship programs may, at their discretion, obtain grades and demographic information about recipients. If you do not want this information released, submit an online request to the Mountaineer Hub.
  • Taxes: Any gift aid (scholarships, fellowships, grants, etc.) received in excess of tuition, fees and required books and supplies is taxable. Questions should be directed to an accountant or to the Internal Revenue Service.
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Problems Logging into STAR

If you have problems logging in to your STAR account, you can use the Self Service Login online, contact Information Technology Services at 304-293-4444, or send an email to ITSHelp@mail.wvu.edu.


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