2019-2020 Financial Aid Offer
This page is intended to help students navigate some questions they may have regarding their financial aid offer.
There are also next steps, important resources, other funding options, and more!
- Understanding Your Estimated Cost of Attendance
- Scholarship Information (for first-time freshmen and transfer students for fall 2019)
- Scholarship Information (for continuing students)
- Understanding Your Estimated Financial Aid
- How to Accept or Decline Your Aid
- Next Steps
- Other Funding Options (information on more scholarships, college prepaid or 529 plans, monthly payments, sponsors, student employment, etc.)
- What if My FAFSA Does Not Accurately Reflect My Financial Need or My Circumstances Have Changed?
- Enrollment Requirements for Financial Aid
- Is Financial Aid Guaranteed Every Year?
- Additional Information
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.
Your estimated cost of attendance and financial aid were based on a variety of factors. It's important to note that changing these factors can impact your estimated cost and/or financial aid eligibility.
These factors include but are not limited to:
- Data you reported on your FAFSA
- Your dependency status (as determined by data you reported on your FAFSA)
- Financial need (as determined by data you reported on your FAFSA)
- Your program of study (Engineering, Biology, Accounting, etc.) and/or college (Business and Economics, Arts and Sciences, etc.)
- The degree you are pursuing (associate, bachelor, etc.)
- Your hours enrolled (financial aid and cost are estimated based on anticipated full-time enrollment for most programs; should you not enroll full-time, your cost and/or aid may be adjusted to reflect your eligibility based on your actual enrollment)
- Your academic level (undergraduate, graduate, professional, freshman, sophomore, etc.)
- Your residency (charged tuition/fees as a resident of West Virginia or non-resident of the state) or if the student qualifies for a reduced tuition program
- If you are living at home/with parents, on-campus, or off-campus (as reported on your FAFSA)
- Your campus (Morgantown, Beckley, Keyser, Martinsburg, Charleston)
- Your overall grade point average (GPA)
- Your ACT and/or SAT scores (for scholarship eligibility for first-time students)
Understanding Your Estimated Cost of Attendance
For information, visit our Estimate Costs & Aid page.
Scholarship Information (First-Time Students Fall 2019)
If you are offered scholarships, click on the name of the fund when reviewing your financial aid offer for more information.
Please note that for incoming freshmen and transfer students starting in fall 2019, eligibility for institutional scholarships may change as new information becomes available, including documentation showing increases or decreases in test scores or GPA from data previously self-reported on the Common Application. Some scholarships are specific to campus, residency, and/or major 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.
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 2019 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 31, 2019 (if the student was admitted by May 1, 2019).
Make sure you know your renewal requirements! You must meet certain requirements in order to keep your scholarships for future academic years - usually a minimum overall GPA and earning a certain number of credit hours. It is important to keep your renewal requirements in mind when scheduling each semester.
Scholarship Information (Continuing Students Fall 2019)
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.
While students may see their scholarship in accepted status as part of their financial aid offer for the upcoming year, actual renewal is contingent upon meeting the renewal requirements by the end of summer.
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. You can also visit our Types of Aid page.
- 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.
- 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 and the best order in which to accept financial aid, visit our Accept or Decline Aid page.
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!
- Log into your WVU Portal to accept or decline your financial aid
- If you are a first-time federal loan borrower (subsidized, unsubsidized, or Graduate PLUS loans), you must go to studentloans.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 WVU student email account (not your personal email). However, you can set your student email to forward to your personal email account!
- Follow @WVUHUB on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
- Monitor mountaineerhub.wvu.edu for important announcements and updates.
- 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.
Other Funding Options
For information on options such as external or private scholarships, college prepaid or 529 plans, monthly payments, sponsors, and student employment, visit our Other Funding Options 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.
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.
- Financial Aid Offers: If you are comparing multiple financial aid offers, 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.
- External Scholarships: If you are receiving an external/private scholarship, grant, employer tuition benefit, third-part 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.
- Releasing Information to Individuals Who Are Not the Student: Specific account information cannot be released to parents, spouses, friends, or other family member unless the student gives them access to their account information. This is due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). To grant access, visit parent-guest.portal.wvu.edu for instructions. In addition, please note that even with your permission your financial aid and FAFSA-related information cannot be released to third parties unless they are a scholarship provider, tribal organization, or private lender.
- 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.
- 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, contact 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.
Visit our Timeline page to keep on track each year! The page is updated as new information becomes available.