2020-2021 Financial Aid Offer
This page is intended to help students navigate some questions students may have regarding the financial aid offer. There are also next steps, important resources, other potential funding options, and more!
- Accessing the WVU Portal (for new students)
- Understanding Your Estimated Cost of Attendance
- Scholarship Information (for first-time freshmen and transfer students for fall 2020)
- Scholarship Information (for continuing students)
- Understanding Your Estimated Financial Aid
- How to Accept or Decline Your Aid
- What if My FAFSA Does Not Accurately Reflect My Financial Need or My Circumstances Have Changed?
- Other Funding Options (information on more scholarships, college prepaid or 529 plans, monthly payments, sponsors, student employment, etc.)
- Next Steps
- Enrollment Requirements for Financial Aid
- Is Financial Aid Guaranteed Every Year?
- Additional Information
Your estimated cost of attendance and estimated aid eligibility for financial aid offers are based on various factors. It's important to note that changing information - as well as choices you make - can impact your estimated cost and/or aid eligibility. Eligibility for many financial aid programs is based on the data provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If the FAFSA information is inaccurate or is updated, financial aid eligibility may change.
Factors that can impact cost and/or aid eligibility may include, but are not limited to:
- Your dependency status (as determined by data you reported on your FAFSA)
- Financial need (as determined by data you reported on your FAFSA)
- Changes to data you reported on your FAFSA
- Changes to your residency status (charged tuition/fees as a resident of West Virginia or non-resident of the state or if you qualify for a reduced tuition program). Residency is determined by the information you provided on your admissions application. Visit our Residency page for more information on tuition and fees based on residency for each campus - including reduced tuition options if applicable.
- Changing to the degree you are pursuing (associate, bachelor, etc.)
- Changes to your academic level (undergraduate, graduate, professional, freshman, sophomore, etc.). Your academic level for your aid offer coincides with the number of credits you have earned at the time your aid offer is created. Your level will not include credits for courses you are enrolled in or have not completed at the time of the aid offer.
- Changing the campus you are admitted to (Morgantown, Beckley, Keyser, Martinsburg, Charleston)
- Changing your program of study (Engineering, Biology, Accounting, etc.) and/or college (Business and Economics, Arts and Sciences, etc.)
- Changes to your enrollment. Cost and financial aid are estimated based on anticipated full-time enrollment (with the exception of a few graduate programs that traditionally have half-time enrollment). Should you not enroll full-time, your cost and/or aid may be adjusted to reflect your eligibility based on your actual enrollment.
- Choices you make for housing and living expenses. Your estimated room and meals are based on what you reported your housing plans would be on your FAFSA (such as living at home/with parents, on-campus, or off-campus). Even if you are living off-campus, you will see room and meals as well as estimated personal and transportation costs in your estimated cost of attendance because these are educational expenses you may have. Living expenses can be impacted by choices you make such as where you choose to live on or off-campus or the dining plan you choose.
- Choices you make for books and supplies such as choosing to buy used versus new books or to rent books (when available)
- Changes to your overall grade point average (GPA)
- Changes to ACT and/or SAT scores (for scholarship eligibility for first-time students)
- Legislative changes from the state or federal governments that impact programs
Accessing the WVU Portal (for New Students)
You will need your WVU username and password to access all the information available in your WVU Portal.
Information to help you access the Portal and your MIX email is provided by Undergraduate Admissions as part of your admission decision email and/or letter.
If you have not "claimed your account" to set up your WVU Login, you must do so on the WVU Login self-service site before you can log in to the Portal. Please note that WVU Login accounts are for students only. Parents and guardians may not claim accounts, create passwords and security questions, or set up authentication. Students should not share their WVU Login information with anyone. However, students can provide parents and guardians with proxy access so they can easily access their information. Students can find instructions on the WVU Parent and Guest Portal site.
If you have already claimed your account but have forgotten your password, you can also reset your password on the WVU Login self-service site.
Understanding Your Estimated Cost of Attendance
Your estimated cost of attendance for financial aid is NOT how much your bill will be. Estimated costs include common educational expenses you may have while pursuing your education. This includes both direct costs (those you will be billed by the institution for each semester you attend) and indirect costs (other estimated expenses you may have that you will not usually see on your bill).
For more information, visit our Estimate Costs & Aid page.
Scholarship Information (First-Time Students Fall 2020)
If you are offered scholarships, click on the name of the fund when reviewing your financial aid offer for more information about your specific scholarships.
Scholarship eligibility for incoming freshmen and transfer students may change as new information becomes available, including documentation showing increases or decreases in test scores or GPA as well as changes to information previously self-reported on the Common Application. Some scholarships may be specific to campus, residency, and/or program of study and may be reduced or canceled should those factors change.
In many cases, funds for scholarships are made available through the generosity of individuals who have donated to the WVU Foundation to assist students with their education. Please provide a quick statement of thanks to the donor who made your scholarship possible. The process is fast and easy to do at thankyou.wvu.edu/scholarships.
What if your GPA or test scores increase?
If your high school GPA or ACT/SAT scores increase, submit your official high school transcript and/or official test score reports to Undergraduate Admissions as soon as possible. For incoming students for the fall 2020 semester, we will review fully admitted scholarship recipients to see if they are eligible for an increase to their scholarship(s) based on increases to their GPA and/or test scores until July 15, 2020 (if the student was admitted by March 1, 2020). Please note this does not apply to all scholarships.
Make sure you know your renewal requirements! In order to renew institutional scholarships/grants for subsequent academic years, students are required to maintain specific overall grade point averages (GPA) and earn a minimum number of credit hours per academic year. If you receive the institutional scholarship/grant for both fall and spring, you need to earn at least 30 credit hours during the academic year (fall, spring, and summer). If you receive the scholarship/grant for one semester only, you need to earn at least 15 credit hours. The overall GPA is measured at the end of the spring semester. Students who are not meeting requirements at the end of spring can take summer classes to improve their GPA and/or earn additional hours and have their scholarship/grant reinstated.
It is important to keep your renewal requirements in mind when scheduling each semester. If you withdraw from a course with a 'W' or receive another grade that does not count as an earned credit hour (such as 'F' or 'I'), those credits will not count toward your earned hours requirements. Repeating courses during the same academic year can also impact your earned hours for renewal. Credit hours earned prior to your first semester - such as dual enrollment or Advanced Placement (AP) courses from high school or summer courses prior to your first fall semester - do not count toward your earned hours but may be included toward your overall GPA requirement.
You can find details for institutional scholarship renewal on the Renewal Requirements page. Additional information regarding the specific academic criteria you must meet to maintain your institutional scholarship/grant will be sent to your student MIX email in August, before the start of the fall semester.
Scholarship Information (Continuing Students Fall 2020)
Continuing students receiving institutional scholarships must meet renewal requirements to maintain their scholarship each year. There are also limitations on how many semesters a student can receive the scholarship. See the Renewal Requirements page for more information.
While you may see your institutional scholarship as part of your financial aid offer for fall, actual renewal is contingent upon meeting renewal requirements. Students are first reviewed at the end of the spring semester, then again at the end of the summer semester.
For students not meeting the GPA and earned hour requirements, scholarships will be canceled. Students may choose to take summer classes to attempt to improve their GPA or earn additional hours for their scholarship renewal. Students must meet the GPA and earned hour requirements by the end of the summer session to be renewed for the upcoming academic year.
Understanding Your Estimated Financial Aid
- For more information on your offered financial aid, click on the name of the fund when reviewing your financial aid offer online. This provides more specific information for each aid type. You can also visit our Types of Aid page. Acceptance of your financial aid funds indicates that you understand and agree to any terms your awards may carry.
- Please note that financial aid is based on current information. Should your information change or notification of additional financial aid be received, your financial aid may be adjusted. See the Overview section for more on how changes can impact cost and aid.
- Financial aid estimates are also usually based on anticipated full-time enrollment. Should you not enroll full-time, your aid may be reduced accordingly to reflect your eligibility based on your actual enrollment.
- Your financial aid cannot exceed your estimated cost of attendance.
How to Accept or Decline Your Aid
For step-by-step instructions on how to review your cost and aid via your Financial Aid Information through your WVU Portal - and the best order in which to accept financial aid - visit our Accept or Decline Aid page.
What if My FAFSA Does Not Accurately Reflect My Financial Need or My Circumstances Have Changed?
Sometimes the information students provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no longer accurately reflects their or their family's financial situation. There are certain circumstances where financial aid professionals at the University can review and update the student's FAFSA.
For more information, visit our Family Contribution Appeal page.
Other Funding Options
In addition to scholarships, grants, and/or loans offered by the institution, state, or federal government, there are additional ways that students can potentially reduce or fund educational expenses.
You can also visit our Other Funding Options page for information on the options listed above.
Now that you have your financial aid offer, what do you need to do? Here are four steps you can take NOW to get ready!
- Make a decision on your offered financial aid: Log into your WVU Portal to accept or decline your financial aid. It's important to make a decision on your aid early to ensure it is ready for fall. Please note that accepting aid is not a commitment to attend. If you accept or decline aid and later change your mind, notify us! We are happy to help you make adjustments.
- Complete loan requirements: If you are a first-time federal loan borrower (for subsidized, unsubsidized, or Graduate PLUS loans), you must go to studentaid.ed.gov, log in with your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID), and complete both Entrance Counseling and the Loan Agreement (Master Promissory Note).
- Stay up-to-date on important deadlines and notifications:
- Most scholarship, financial aid, and billing updates are sent from the WVU Mountaineer Hub to your MIX email via your WVU Portal (not your personal email). It's important to monitor MIX for updates! However, you can set your MIX email to forward to your personal email account.
- Follow @WVUHUB on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
- Monitor mountaineerhub.wvu.edu for important announcements and updates.
- Other Funding Options: Explore the Other Funding Options page for information on applying for external scholarships, the monthly payment plan, and other ways to help you fund educational expenses.
Enrollment Requirements for Financial Aid
Financial aid eligibility and/or disbursement can be impacted by factors such as hours enrolled, enrollment requirements for federal and/or state aid, and repeat coursework. For more information, visit our Enrollment Standards for Financial Aid page.
Is Financial Aid Guaranteed Every Year?
For information on maintaining financial aid each academic year, visit our Maintain Your Aid page.
- Comparing Financial Aid Offers: If you are comparing financial aid offers from multiple schools, take your time reviewing each one. Determine your estimated cost for each institution and subtract your grants, scholarships, and waivers to determine your out-of-pocket for each to compare apples to apples. You can use a cost comparison tool - like this one from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - to carefully determine your cost for each institution.
- Releasing Information to Individuals Who Are Not the Student: Specific account information cannot be released to parents, spouses, friends, or other family members unless the student gives them access to their account information. For first-time students, this begins when they either move into on-campus housing or attned their first day of classes as a student on one of WVU's campuses - whichever comes first. This is due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). To grant access, visit the WVU Parent and Guest Portal websitefor instructions. In addition, please note that even with your permission your financial aid and FAFSA-related information cannot be released to third-party organizations unless they are a scholarship provider, tribal organization, or private lender.
- External Scholarships: If you are receiving an external/private scholarship, grant, employer tuition benefit, third-party sponsorship, or other funds from third parties to assist with educational costs, it may affect your financial aid. Please notify us immediately of any anticipated funds so we can ensure your estimated aid offer is as accurate as possible.
- Donors: Donors and sponsors of financial aid and scholarship programs may, at their discretion, obtain demographic information and recipients. If you do not want this information released, notify us.
- Taxes: Any gift aid (scholarship, grants, etc.) received in excess of tuition, fees, and required books and supplies is taxable. Questions should be directed to an accountant or the Internal Revenue Service. Students are provided this information via their Form 1098-T (accessbile online and mailed to their permanent address on file). More information can be found on the Tax Services website.
- Disbursement: Financial aid will disburse as payment toward your bill approximately one week prior to the start of each semester (fall/spring) as long as the financial aid is accepted, you are enrolled in enough hours for the aid to disburse, and you do not have any unsatisfied requirements for the aid.
Visit our Timeline page to keep on track each year! The page is updated as new information becomes available.