Applying for Aid
Where to Start
Applying for financial aid can seem like a daunting process, but we are here to help!
- Step One: Become an admitted student
- Step Two: Prepare for your FAFSA
- Step Three: Submit your FAFSA
- Step Four: Research and apply for scholarships
- Step Five: Submit additional information if requested
Step One: Become an Admitted Student
Students are not reviewed for institutional scholarships or financial aid eligibility until they are admitted. See our Admission to WVU page to choose your campus and start the process. If you are a returning student, congratulations! This step is taken care of, so you can skip to Step Two!
Step Two: Prepare for Your FAFSA
There are steps you need to take as well as information and documents you should gather to prepare for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). See our Preparing for the FAFSA page for details.
Step Three: Submit Your FAFSA
Your FAFSA must be submitted every academic year you are interested in federal financial aid. Please note some state aid and scholarship programs require a FAFSA as well.
The FAFSA becomes available on October 1 for the following academic year. For example, the 2021-2022 FAFSA becomes available on October 1, 2020 (for fall 2021 and spring and summer 2022).
The priority deadline to submit is March 1 for the upcoming academic year. However, the FAFSA can be completed after March 1 for consideration for some federal grants and loans. See our Complete the FAFSA page for more information.
Step Four: Research and Apply for Scholarships
Incoming freshmen, transfer, and international students are automatically reviewed for institutional scholarships based on information provided to Undergraduate Admissions such as transcripts and test scores. Some departments/colleges also automatically review incoming students for scholarships (based no their program of study).
However, you should continue to seek additional scholarships whether you are a new or continuing student!
- Departmental/college scholarships
- External/private scholarships
- Study abroad scholarships
- Osher Reentry scholarship for nontraditional students
Step Five: Submit Additional Information if Requested
After you apply for financial aid, additional steps may need to be taken - such as providing additional information or documentation. Notifications will be sent to your MIX email (via your WVU Portal). See our Unsatisfied Requirements page for more information.