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Scholarship FAQs

  1. How do I apply for WVU scholarships?
  2. What scholarships are available?
  3. What are the deadlines?
  4. I have questions about my PROMISE Scholarship.
  5. Can WVU scholarships be used in addition to other awards?
  6. When will I know if I received a scholarship?
  7. When and what steps do I take to accept the award(s)?
  8. Does accepting a scholarship mean I've committed to attend WVU?
  9. Are there other scholarships available outside of WVU?
  10. Are the scholarships renewable? How do I keep my award year-to-year?
  11. How do the Academic Common Market or Ohio Reciprocity Agreement affect my scholarship?
  12. I’ve been awarded an institutional scholarship. Do I still need to file the FAFSA?
  13. I have new test scores or a new GPA. Will I qualify for an award? Will I be considered for the next level?


How do I apply for WVU scholarships?

Applying for scholarships depends on the type. For most institutional scholarships, no separate application is required. However, departmental scholarships, Leadership, Diversity, and Dependent Employee scholarships do require additional information. Admitted freshmen students are automatically reviewed for merit scholarships, and students meeting the listed requirements are automatically notified of their award information.

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What scholarships are available?

Scholarship opportunities vary depending on type.

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What are the deadlines?

Deadlines vary, so be sure to notice them as you review the scholarship options on this website.

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Can WVU scholarships be used in addition to other awards?

Students receiving an institutional merit scholarship may only receive the one with the highest dollar value. However, students receiving departmental or college scholarships are usually able to stack those with scholarships as long as they remain within the cost of attendance for financial aid purposes.

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When will I know if I received a scholarship?

For new, incoming students, notification usually comes within one month of receiving the acceptance letter from the Office of Admissions.

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When and what steps do I take to accept the award(s)?

It's important to accept scholarship offers as soon as possible after the award notification is received. Accepted scholarships can always be canceled later at the student's request if they choose not to attend. Students can find step-by-step instructions on accepting the scholarship online here.

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Does accepting a scholarship mean I've committed to attend WVU?

No, accepting a scholarship does not commit you to attend WVU.

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Are there other scholarships available outside of WVU?

Hundreds of websites are available for you to search for additional scholarship opportunities. However, we do not recommend you pay for search services to look for scholarships for you unless you are provided a written guarantee of a minimal amount of scholarship awards.

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Are the scholarships renewable? How do I keep my award year-to-year?

Institutional scholarships are renewable if certain requirements are met. Requirements to renew vary, so be sure read them as you review the scholarship options on this website.

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How do the Academic Common Market or Ohio Reciprocity Agreement affect my scholarship?

Non-resident students awarded the Scholarship of Distinction Level 1 Scholarship who are later granted participation in the ACM or Ohio Reciprocity will have the Scholarship of Distinction Level 1 Scholarship removed from their account. It will be replaced with the Distinguished Achievement Scholarship, valued at $3,000 per year. The same scenario would also apply to any other non-resident students being charged in-state tuition and fee rates.

Non-resident students who are awarded the Scholarship of Distinction Level 2 or Level 3 who are later granted participation the ACM or Ohio Reciprocity or are paying in-state tuition rates for any other reason will have the Scholarship of Distinction Level 2 or 3 removed from their financial aid package. It will not be replaced with any other scholarship.

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I’ve been awarded an institutional scholarship. Do I still need to file the FAFSA?

Most institutional merit scholarships do not require a FAFSA for renewal. However, to be considered for any type of financial aid, a FAFSA is required. Some departmental/college and external/private scholarships also require a FAFSA. It is usually in the student's best interest to go ahead and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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I have new test scores or a new GPA. Will I qualify for an award? Will I be considered for the next level?

Students who have a new GPA or ACT/SAT score may submit that information to the Office of Admissions by the listed deadline dates for each scholarship. Students can see updates to their scholarship amounts online through their STAR accounts after the new information is processed by the Office of Admissions.

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