Decide WVU 2020 Presentation Information
For more information on Decide WVU, visit the Decide WVU Day website.
For the parents and families who viewed our virtual presentation, thank you! Here you can find the helpful information, tips and tricks, and websites shared during the presentation.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We post scholarship opportunities, money tips, and important reminders that can help you and your student stay on track for financial aid, scholarships, billing, and more!
Also see our special Parents page that addresses financial aid topics that parents and families often have questions on.
What Is the Mountaineer Hub?
Your connection to:
- Student accounts and billing
- Financial aid and scholarships
- Federal Work-Study employment
- Registrar and academic records
Emails regarding these topics are sent from the WVU Mountaineer Hub to students’ WVU MIX email. Students can set their MIX email to forward to their personal email or set it up on their mobile devices. It is crucial that students pay attention to notices from the Mountaineer Hub because they could be about financial aid or a balance due.
Plan for Your Cost Your Way Planner
The planner helps you estimate costs, financial aid, and potential out-of-pocket expenses for fall and spring. Personalized planners were emailed to MIX and personal email accounts on file for students with a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submitted or financial aid awarded.
A version of the planner that students can edit can be found on the Cost & Resource Planner page.
- On the left side of the planner, students can view and/or edit their estimated yearly direct costs for fall and spring. Direct costs are those the student will be billed each semester by the University. The left side also lists comments or next steps that the student may need to take (for those emailed a pre-filled planner).
- On the right side of the planner, students can view or input their estimated direct costs again, financial aid (including loans), and a yearly and semesterly estimate of their direct costs minus their financial aid. This gives students an estimate of how much their bill may be for fall and/or spring. The right side also gives students the opportunity to input other resources such as college savings or monthly payment plans.
Common Types of Aid: Scholarships
- "Gift aid" - usually does not need to be repaid
- Most scholarships are offered based on academic merit
- Students are automatically reviewed for institutional scholarships based on GPA and test scores. Students must be meeting both requirements to be awarded. Visit our Scholarships page for more information on scholarships for incoming students.
- The PROMISE Scholarship is awarded to WV residents only and is initially based on their academic information. Students must meet PROMISE eligibility requirements and March 1 application and FAFSA submission deadlines.
See the section on Other Funding Options: Scholarships and Tips on Applying for information on other scholarship resources such as departmental and external scholarships.
Common Types of Aid: Grants
- "Gift aid" - usually does not need to be repaid
- Most grants are based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA
- Common grants:
Common Types of Aid: Loans
- Borrowed aid that must be repaid with interest
- Borrowed from the federal government or private lenders
- Federal student loans up to $5500 may be offered to freshmen based on submission of the FAFSA
- Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
- Students/parents are not required to take loans, but if a student needs them to achieve their educational goals and invest in their future, a loan is an option to consider. However, only borrow what you need.
Other Funding Options: Scholarships and Tips on Applying
There are various other scholarships students can research and pursue in addition to the institutional scholarships for which they are automatically reviewed. These include departmental and external scholarships (from local providers or other third-parties).
Departmental scholarships are those based on the student's program of study and available from the student's department or college. Some departments offer first-time freshmen scholarships, and others offer to upper level students. Some are automatically reviewed while others may require an application. Please check your program's website for more information on eligibility and application requirements. Students can find information to help guide them to the appropriate websites on our Departmental or College Scholarships page.
Local scholarships are those you may find in your local area. Some potential resources to explore are:
- High school counselors
- Local businesses
- Alumni associations
- Nonprofit organizations
Scholarship search engines are another way to research and pursue external scholarship opportunities.
- Find external scholarship opportunities and search engines on our External Scholarships page.
- Visit our Tips on Applying for Scholarships page for tips on applying for scholarships and narrowing down your search when using a scholarship search engine.
Other Funding Options: Part-time Student Jobs
Students can seek on- or off-campus employment through the Handshake job search database at on the Student Employment website.
- Working up to 20 hours per week shown to improve time management and GPA
- Helps with indirect costs such as personal, transportation, and supplies (does not apply as payment to the bill)
- Some students offered Federal Work-Study based on financial need from their FAFSA, but students do not need to have work-study to apply for part-time jobs on and off campus
Other Funding Options: College Savings Plan, Third-Party Sponsors, Veterans
If you have a college savings plans such as a 529 or prepaid college plan, please contact your plan manager for instructions on how to send funds.
Third-party sponsors are entities which pay institutional charges for a student. Examples include Vocational Rehabilitation, military, employers, etc. Students may qualify for assistance through these entities and should contact them for eligibility requirements and application instructions.
If you are receiving Veterans benefits, start your certification process online by going to our Center for Veteran, Military and Family Programs page and selecting the benefit to access instructions and documents needed.
Other Funding Options: Monthly Payment Plan
You can use the monthly payment plan to break semester bills into as many as six smaller payments.
- Sign up in May to utilize the full six-month option with your estimated balance adn update with the actual amount when bills become available
- Signing up later means fewer months to pay and larger payments
- It can help reduce borrowing through loans
It’s all online! You can enroll, manage your account, and make payments 24/7! Visit our Tuition Payment Plan page for more information.
Other Funding Options: Credit-Based Loans
There are loan options for both students and parents that are credit-based, requiring an application with the federal government or private lender.
Parent PLUS Loan
- Lender is the federal government
- Interest fixed – 7.08% for 2019-2020 (2020-2021 rates not available yet)
- For parents of dependent undergraduates
- Loan is in parent’s name
- Apply starting in May at studentaid.gov
- Lender is a private bank or state government for some states
- Interest varies by lender
- Borrower could be student or parent
- Student usually needs cosigner
- Apply starting in May
- Loans will not be certified until after student registers at New Student Orientation (NSO)
- More information on comparing private lenders on our Private Loans page
Timeline for Spring 2020 (Preparing for Fall)
- Use the "Plan for Your Cost Your Way" planner to help estimate out-of-pocket costs for fall and spring on the Cost & Resource Planner page
- Sign up for the monthly payment plan through the Tuition Payment Plan page
- Parents of dependent undergraduates students may apply fore a credit-based Parent PLUS Loan at studentaid.gov
- May 18: Students can begin reserving their books using financial aid (if aid is more than institutional charges)
- May 31: Last day to utilize the six-month option of the monthly payment plan; five month option begins June 1
For our full timeline, visit our Timeline page. It's updated regularly as new dates and information become available!
Top Five Unsatisfied Requirements
Unsatisfied requirements for financial aid can prevent financial aid from being offered or disbursing as payment to students' accounts.
The most common unsatisfied requirements are when a student:
- Did not apply for financial aid ( FAFSA, external scholarships, Parent PLUS Loan, private loan);
- Input incorrect information on the FAFSA;
- Did not accept their financial aid offer via the WVU Portal;
- Did not complete loan requirements;
- Have missing documentation for verification or other unsatisfied requirements.
As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to certain majors on our Morgantown campus can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates.
- Students must meet eligibility requirements
- If a student’s residency status changes after a scholarship offer has been made – or they are switched from paying non-resident tuition and fees to resident tuition and fees – the original award will no longer be valid
Contact Information and Appointment Calls
To schedule an appointment call, visit the SignUpGenius website for Decide Day.
- Online Assistance
- Phone: 304-293-1988
- Fax: 304-293-4890
- Mailing: P.O. Box 6004, Morgantown, WV 26506
- Location: Evansdale Crossing, 2nd Floor, 62 Morrill Way, Morgantown, WV