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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 WVU, and students can always choose to reduce or cancel previously accepted aid later.

For common FAQs that students have after receiving their aid offer and links to other resources, see our All About Your Aid Offer webpage .


How do I view and accept or decline my offered aid?
WVU Login for New Students
What is the best order to accept financial aid?
What if I need to reduce or decline aid I previously accepted?

How Do I View and Accept or Decline My Offered Aid?

  1. Go to your WVU Portal
  2. Enter your login credentials ( WVU username and password)
    Please be aware that aid that shows in the Portal is only aid that requires action by the student, such as accepting the offered amount. Students must click the Financial Aid Information button (in the steps below) to fully access their cost and aid information.
  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. Select the appropriate award year (Please note financial aid for the summer semester is listed under the prior academic year. Example: aid for summer 2022 is listed on the 2021-2022 aid year.)
  6. Click on the "Award Offer" tab
  7. 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.

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.

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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WVU Login for New Students

You will need your WVU username and password to log in to your WVU Portal. Information to help you access the WVU Portal and your MIX email is provided by Undergraduate Admissions as part of your admission decision email and/or letter. If you have not "claimed your account" to set up your WVU Login, you must do so on the WVU Login self-service website. If you have already claimed your account but have forgotten your password, you can also reset your password on the same site.

Please note that WVU Login accounts are for students only. Parents and guardians may not claim accounts, create passwords and security questions, or set up authentication. Students should not share their WVU Login information with anyone. However, students can provide parents and guardians with proxy access to their information. Students can find instructions on the WVU Parent and Guest Portal website.

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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?

Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and Graduate PLUS

If you want to make adjustments to a Federal Direct Subsidized, Unsubsidized, or Graduate PLUS Loan, you must complete a loan change request.

  1. You (the student) must go to StudentForms (please note that Internet Explorer is not a supported browser)
  2. Enter your login credentials (your WVU username and password - if this is your first time accessing StudentForms, you will need to verify certain information from your FAFSA to link your StudentForms account with your WVU login)
  3. Once logged in, select "Manage Requests"
  4. Select the "Loan Change Request - WVU" and click the + (plus) sign under the appropriate aid year to add the document to your account
  5. In the next box, provide a brief explanation of what you would like done - such as "Adjust my loans" - and click Submit
  6. You will now see the Loan Change Request - WVU task
  7. Click on the task, and download the form
  8. Complete the form, then save it in a PDF, PNG, BMP, or JPG format
  9. Upload the completed form under the Loan Change Request - WVU task, and submit and finish

Parent PLUS

If a parent borrower wants to request an adjustment to a Parent PLUS Loan they have applied and been approved for, they must do so by submitting a public inquiry online request for assistance to the WVU Hub. Please note that Parent PLUS loans cannot exceed the student's cost of attendance for financial aid purposes. Also, these adjustments can only be made if the period for the credit check has not passed and in situations where the loan doesn't have an endorser.

All Other Aid Types

If you accidentally accepted other types of 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 WVU Hub notifying us if you want to reduce or decline the aid.

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