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For the parents and families who viewed our virtual 2022 Decide WVU presentation, thank you! Here you can find the helpful information, tips and tricks, and websites shared during the presentation.

For more information on Decide WVU, visit the Decide WVU Day website. Also see our special Parents webpage that addresses financial aid topics that parents and families often have questions on.

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!



What Is the WVU Hub?

Your connection to:

  • Student accounts and billing
  • Financial aid and scholarships
  • Federal Work-Study employment
  • Registrar and academic records

How Will You Hear from Us?

Emails regarding these topics are sent from the WVU 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 WVU Hub because they could be about financial aid or a balance due.

Students should check their WVU MyAccount and Financial Aid Information regularly via their WVU Portal so they can view the most up-to-date information.

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What Are the Types of Financial Aid That Students May See in Their Financial Aid Packages?

Common Types of Aid

Financial assistance can come from a variety of sources and can be classified as either self-help aid or gift aid:

  • Federal
  • State
  • Institutional
  • Departmental
  • Private

Gift Aid

Self-Help Aid

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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 webpage 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 the FAFSA submission deadline of March 1 for the 2022-2023 aid year.

See the section on Other Funding Options: Scholarships and Tips on Applying for information on other scholarship resources such as departmental and external scholarships.

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Common Types of Aid: Grants

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Common Types of Aid: Federal Work-Study

Part-time Student Jobs

  • Working up to 28 hours/week is shown to improve time management and GPA
  • Helps with indirect costs such as personal, transportation, and supplies (does not apply as payment toward WVU charges)
  • Some students are 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

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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 $5,500 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.

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What if Financial Aid Doesn't Cover My Balance?

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).

Potential Sources

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 webpage.

Local scholarships are those you may find in your local area. Some potential resources to explore are:

  • High school counselors
  • Local businesses
  • Alumni associations
  • Libraries
  • Churches
  • Nonprofit organizations

Scholarship search engines are another way to research and pursue external scholarship opportunities.

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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 the Center for Veteran, Military and Family Programs website and selecting the benefit to access instructions and documents needed

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Monthly Payment Plan

Students can break semester bills into as many as six smaller payments. Signing up later means fewer months to pay and larger payments.

  • Sign up in May to utilize the full six-month option with estimated bill and update with actual amount when bills available
  • 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 webpage for deadlines, to sign up, and for more information.

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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 – 6.28% for 2021-2022 (2022-2023 rates not yet available)
  • For parents of dependent undergraduates
  • Loan is in parent’s name
  • Apply starting in May on the Federal Student Aid website

For more information about Parent PLUS Loans, visit our Federal Parent PLUS Loan webpage.

Private Loan

  • Interest varies by lender
  • Borrower could be student or parent
  • Student usually needs a cosigner
  • Apply starting in May
  • Loans will not be certified until after student registers at New Student Orientation (NSO)

For more information on comparing private lenders, visit our Private Loans webpage.

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Reciprocity and Reduced Tuition

  • Residency Classification and Reclassification is determined by the Office of Admissions
  • Some out-of-state students may qualify for reduced tuition rates through special programs. Visit the Cost and Aid website for more information.
  • 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

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Family Contribution Appeal

If your financial circumstances have changed or the FAFSA is not accurately reflecting certain elements, the WVU Hub can make adjustments for specific circumstances. Please note that completing this appeal does not necessarily mean more aid. A few criteria to keep in mind if you are considering submitting a Family Contribution Appeal:

  • If your EFC is “0”, it can’t get any lower than that
  • If your income drops from $450,000 to $350,000, that probably will not have enough of an impact on EFC to qualify for changes to financial aid

Special Circumstances for Appeal

If you have experienced extenuating circumstances outside of your control, you may qualify to submit a Family Contribution Appeal and have your EFC and financial aid eligibility reevaluated. Some examples of circumstances that may qualify you for an appeal are:

  • Loss of employment or reduction in income
  • Separation or divorce
  • Parent or spouse death
  • Loss or reduction of child support
  • One-time income reported on taxes
  • Medical or dental expenses paid out-of-pocket

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What's Next?

Cost & Resource Planner

The Cost and Resource Planner is available to help estimate out-of-pocket costs for fall and spring. You can find the Planner on our Cost & Resource Planner webpage.

  • Students use billable and non-billable estimates from their cost of attendance in their WVU Portal
  • Students use financial aid information to input anticipated scholarships, grants, and loans
  • The Planner estimates remaining costs and provides payment options for the year
  • All amounts are estimated. The Board of Governors does not approve new tuition and fee amounts until summer

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Fall 2022 Timeline: May

May 2022

For our full timeline, visit our Timeline webpage. It's updated regularly as new dates and information become available!

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Fall 2022 Timeline: June

June 2022

  • First-time student borrowers of federal loans must complete a Loan Agreement and Entrance Counseling on the Federal Student Aid website
  • June 1:
  • June 29: Last day to select a meal plan for on-campus students before the Go 14 plan is chosen by default

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Fall 2022 Timeline: July

July 2022

  • Sign up for direct deposit via our Refunds webpage for students expecting to receive a refund
  • July 5:
    • Fall charges become available via the student's WVU Portal
    • Fall billing notification is sent to the student's MIX email for students who owe a balance. The due date is August 1 for July billing notifications. Students can click on the “Pay Your Bill” button in their WVU Portal to make a payment towards their balance.

For our full timeline, visit our Timeline webpage. It's updated regularly as new dates and information become available!

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Follow Us on Social Media!

To stay up to date on all of the information listed below, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

  • Deadlines and reminders
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Money, credit, and identity protection tips
  • Did not complete loan requirements;
  • @WVUHUB on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

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Contact Us

Appointment Calls

To schedule an appointment, visit the SignUpGenius website for Decide Day.

Contact Information

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