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Accept or Decline Aid

Once a student is offered financial aid, they can easily review, accept, or decline their aid through their WVU Portal - including offered scholarships, grants, or loans.

We encourage students to make a decision on their aid offer as quickly as possible to ensure everything is ready for the upcoming academic year. Accepting aid is not a commitment to attend, and students can always choose to reduce or cancel previously accepted aid later.

How Do I Accept or Decline My Offered Aid?

  1. Go to your WVU Portal
  2. Enter your login credentials ( WVU username and password)
  3. The next step depends on if you are a newly admitted student who hasn't enrolled in classes or a continuing/current student at WVU. Continuing students can move on to Step 4. For newly admitted students:
    1. Select the campus you have been admitted to from the options listed
    2. Move on to the next step
  4. Click on the "Financial Aid Information" button
  5. Click on "Award"
  6. Click on "Award by Aid Year"
  7. Select the appropriate aid year (Please note financial aid for the summer semester is listed under the prior academic year. Example: aid for summer 2021 is listed on the 2020-2021 aid year.)
  8. Click on the "Accept Award Offer" tab
  9. Make your decision on financial aid that is in "offered" status
  10. If you accept a Federal Subsidized or Unsubsidized loan, you will need to complete TWO additional requirements: Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note/Loan Agreement. For more information on the steps to complete these requirements, visit our Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loan Requirements page.

A drop-down box should appear beside any aid ready for or requiring a decision. If there is not a drop-down box, a decision may have already been made on the aid, or you may have unsatisfied requirements that prevent the aid from being accepted/declined.

Students can also click the "Accept All" button to accept all aid they have been offered.

Offered aid can only be accepted, declined, or reduced through STAR (via your WVU Portal) one time. If you have changed your mind, the student must contact the Mountaineer Hub for adjustments.

Acceptance of the financial aid funds indicates you understand and agree to any terms your aid may carry. You can view information on the funds by clicking on the name of the fund when reviewing in your WVU Portal.

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What Is the Best Order to Accept Financial Aid?

Below is the best order in which to accept financial aid, depending on what you are eligible to receive.

Order to Accept Aid First Second Third Fourth Fifth
Types of Aid Scholarships, Grants, or Waivers Federal Work-Study Federal Subsidized Loan Federal Unsubsidized Loan Credit-based loans (Federal PLUS or Private Loans)

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What if I Need to Reduce or Decline Aid I Previously Accepted?

If you accidentally accepted financial aid for the current aid year - or want to decline or reduce previously accepted aid - students can submit an online request for assistance to the Mountaineer Hub notifying us if you want to reduce or decline the aid.

Please note that if you are requesting a reduction in a federal loan (subsidized, unsubsidized, or Graduate PLUS), it is usually best to specify how much you want to disburse as payment on your student account. Since the federal government retains a percentage of the loan as a loan fee, the amount of the loan you borrow and the amount that disburses will be different.

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