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For the parents and families who viewed our virtual 2021 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 page 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 Mountaineer 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 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.

Students should check STAR monthly via their WVU Portal so they can view the most up-to-date information.

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How Can Students Finance Their Education?

Plan for Your Cost Your Way Planner

The Plan for Your Cost Your Way Planner allows you to estimate costs, financial aid, and potential out-of-pocket expenses for fall and spring.

A version of the planner that students can edit, details on how to use it, and resources it provides can be found on our Cost & Resource Planner page.

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

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 the FAFSA submission deadline of July 1 for the 2021-2022 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: 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 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
  • Libraries
  • Churches
  • Nonprofit organizations

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

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Other Funding Options: Part-time Student Jobs

Students can seek on- or off-campus employment through the Handshake job search database available on the Career Services 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

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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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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 – 5.30% for 2020-2021 (2021-2022 rates are not available yet)
  • 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 page.

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 page.

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What's Next?

Fall 2021 Timeline: May

May 2021

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

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Fall 2021 Timeline: June & July

June 2021

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

July 2021

  • Sign up for direct deposit via our Refunds page for students expecting to receive a refund
  • July 3: Fall charges become available via the student's WVU Portal
  • July 4: Fall eBill is sent to the student's MIX email for students who owe a balance. The due date is August 1 for July eBills

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

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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:

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Ohio Reciprocity

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

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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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