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Scholarship FAQs

Applying for Scholarships

PROMISE Scholarship for Residents of WV

See our PROMISE FAQs page.

Scholarship Offers

Maintaining Scholarships

See our Renewal Requirements for information on maintaining scholarships from one aid year to the next, including enrollment requirements for disbursement, minimum earned credit hour and GPA requirements, deferment, leave of absence, impact of repeated coursework or withdrawing, and appeal options.

Other Financial Aid and Institutional Scholarships

Summer School


Applying for Scholarships

What Scholarships Are Available?

There are multiple scholarship opportunities for students - from WVU (institutional), departments from within the University (departmental), and from sources outside the University. See our Scholarships page for a full breakdown of scholarships. Some scholarships students are automatically reviewed for after they are admitted, and other scholarships may require students to submit an application. Incoming, first-time students can use our Scholarship Estimator to estimate scholarships they may be offered.

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How Do I Apply for WVU Scholarships?

Applying for scholarships depends on the type. For most institutional scholarships, no separate application is required. Students are automatically considered for eligibility if they are admitted by the required deadlines listed for the scholarship. Incoming, first-time students can use our Scholarship Estimator to estimate scholarships they may be offered. Please note that you must meet both minimum GPA and test score (ACT Composite or SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing plus Math score) requirements for first-time freshman scholarship consideration.

Some scholarships - such as departmental, Leadership, Diversity, and Dependent Employee - do require additional information.

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How Do I Submit My GPA for Institutional Scholarships?

Incoming First-Time Freshmen

  • Please note that you must meet both minimum GPA and test score (ACT Composite or SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing plus Math score) requirements for scholarship consideration.
  • Your high school grade point average (GPA) for determination for scholarships is based on information received from your high school transcript. Please note that if you submit your high school GPA on the Common Application (for admission), that GPA may determine your scholarship eligibility until your high school transcript is received. If your high school transcript shows a GPA that is more or less than what you reported on the Common Application, that may impact your scholarship eligibility.
  • The most recent overall/cumulative GPA on your transcript at the time of application is used when determining initial scholarship eligibility. WVU will not make modifications to the GPA provided by your high school, either to weight a GPA or to add additional grading periods. If both a weighted and non-weighted GPA are listed on the transcript, the highest will be used.
  • Updated high school transcripts may be sent to WVU Undergraduate Admissions. If there is an updated GPA, that may be considered for scholarship consideration or reconsideration.

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Incoming First-Time Transfer Undergraduate

  • Your grade point average (GPA) for transfer scholarship consideration is determined by the transferable credits and transfer GPA as determined by WVU Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Transfer scholarships may be adjusted or canceled as additional transcripts arrive and are evaluated by WVU Undergraduate Admissions, based on the number of transferable credits and updated transfer GPA. See the Transfer Scholarships page for full details.

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Incoming First-Time International Undergraduate

  • Your grade point average (GPA) for international scholarship consideration is based on information received from your high school transcript. International high school transcripts are evaluated by WVU Undergraduate Admissions and converted to a 4.0 scale.
  • Scholarship eligibility may change if your high school GPA is updated.

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What Test Scores Determine My Eligibility for Institutional Scholarships?

WVU looks at your ACT and/or SAT scores for institutional scholarship consideration, in addition to your GPA. Please note that you must meet both minimum GPA and test score (ACT Composite or SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing plus Math score) requirements for scholarship consideration.

The SAT scores are based on the Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score plus Math score (out of 1600 possible). This is the format used by SAT starting in March 2016.

WVU also “Super Scores” for scholarship consideration, so be sure to submit all scores from each section of the ACT or SAT if you take the test more than once. We will calculate your “Super Score” using the highest component/subscore from each section of the tests submitted to us. Please note that scores from the previous, pre-March 2016, version of the SAT and the new version cannot be mixed to obtain a super score. Please note that super scores are obtained from multiple submissions of the ACT or multiple submissions of the SAT - not a crossover of ACT and SAT.

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Will I Be Considered for a Scholarship or Increase to My Scholarship if I have an Increased GPA or Test Scores?

Students who have an increased GPA or ACT/SAT score may submit that information to WVU Undergraduate Admissions by the listed deadline dates for each institutional scholarship. Students can see updates to their scholarship amounts online through the Financial Aid Information on their portal.wvu.edu after the new information is processed by Admissions.

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What Are the Deadlines?

Admission deadlines and deadlines to submit updated information for institutional scholarship consideration vary. Deadlines for scholarships that require an application also vary. For institutional scholarships, please pay careful attention when reviewing the information for each scholarship on our website. For other scholarships, check with the department or scholarship provider.

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PROMISE Scholarship for Residents of WV

See our PROMISE FAQs page.


Scholarship Offers

Can WVU Scholarships be Used in Addition to Other Scholarships?

Please remember that financial aid cannot be more than the student's cost of attendance for financial aid purposes. If students have need-based financial aid (such as grants or a subsidized loan), those may be impacted by other "free money" such as scholarships. External scholarships can be used in addition to institutional scholarships as long as it doesn't put the student over their cost of attendance or impact their eligibility for need-based aid. The institution will defer to whatever will provide the best financial aid available to the student while following regulatory requirements. For example, if a student could be eligible for a $3,000 scholarship if a $2,000 grant is canceled - and there are rules preventing the student from receiving both - the grant will be canceled so the student can have as much free funding as allowable.

See below for information on "stacking" institutional, college, and/or PROMISE scholarships.

Institutional Scholarships

The following University scholarships may not be combined with each other: Foundation, Bucklew, University Merit, the Scholarship of Distinction, Distinguished Achievement, Berry, Berry Honor, Governor’s Honors Academy, Transfer, and International Scholarships. If a student is eligible for more than one of these scholarships, or more than one level of a scholarship, the student will be offered the one scholarship with the highest dollar value. Students named as National Merit Finalists may use their WVU-sponsored need-based National Merit offer in addition to any other institutional scholarship for which the student qualifies.

College Scholarships

The following Departmental/College scholarships may not be combined with each other: College of Business and Economics Dean’s Scholarships, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design Dean’s Scholarships, Engineering Excellence Scholarships, and Reed College of Media Dean’s Scholarships. College scholarships are offered based on a student’s primary major only. If a student is eligible for more than one level of a College scholarship, they will be awarded the one scholarship with the highest dollar value.

Note: If you have aid that applies directly to a charge, you cannot have financial aid that exceeds that. For example, if you have aid programs - such as PROMISE and the HSTA Waiver - that must be paid directly to tuition and fees, the combined total of the two cannot exceed your tuition and fee charges.

PROMISE Scholarship for WV Residents

For using institutional scholarships in combination with the WV PROMISE Scholarship, see our PROMISE FAQs page.

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When Do Institutional Scholarship Offers Begin?

Institutional scholarship offers for incoming students (first-time freshmen, transfer, and international) usually begin by December for the following academic year.

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When and What Steps Do I Take to Accept Offers?

After you receive your aid and/or scholarship offer, you will need to accept or decline your aid. Accepting aid is not a commitment to attend WVU, and you can always decline previously accepted aid later! See our Accept or Decline Aid page for instructions.

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Is my Institutional Scholarship Offer for the Full Year?

Your scholarship award is for the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. This means that your disbursement of money will occur in increments of 50% for the fall semester and 50% for the spring semester.

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Does Accepting a Scholarship Mean I've Committed to Attend WVU?

Accepting aid is not a commitment to attend WVU, and you can always decline previously accepted aid later! See our Accept or Decline Aid page for instructions.

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What Happens to my Institutional Scholarship if I'm a Non-Resident, but Then I Receive In-State Tuition Rates?

If your residency status changes after a scholarship offer has been made - or you are switched from paying non-resident to resident tuition and fees - the original aid offer will no longer be valid. The change in tuition and fees is a big reduction in your educational costs. You will be re-evaluated to determine aid eligibility.

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Maintaining Scholarships

See our Renewal Requirements for information on maintaining scholarships from one aid year to the next, including enrollment requirements for disbursement, minimum earned credit hour and GPA requirements, deferment, leave of absence, impact of repeated coursework or withdrawing, and appeal options.

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Other Financial Aid and Institutional Scholarships

I've Been Offered Scholarships. Do I Still Need to Submit a FAFSA?

The short answer is that you probably should. You never know what else you may be eligible to receive! Also, some state, institutional, and/or external scholarships or grants may require a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file. Submit your FAFSA via the myStudentAid app or at fafsa.ed.gov.

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Can Other Financial Aid Impact my Institutional Scholarship?

Maybe! Please remember that financial aid cannot be more than the student's cost of attendance for financial aid purposes. If students have need-based financial aid (such as grants or a subsidized loan), those may be impacted by other "free money" such as scholarships. External scholarships can be used in addition to institutional scholarships as long as it doesn't put the student over their cost of attendance or impact their eligibility for need-based aid.

The institution will defer to whatever will provide the best financial aid available to the student while following regulatory requirements. For example, if a student could be eligible for a $3,000 scholarship if a $2,000 grant is canceled - and there are rules preventing the student from receiving both - the grant will be canceled so the student can have as much free funding as allowable.

See Can WVU scholarships be used in addition to other scholarships? above for information on "stacking" institutional and college scholarships.

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Are There Other Scholarships Available Outside of Institutional Scholarships?

Yes! There are multiple scholarships - from your department, external resources, for dependents of employees, and more. See our Scholarships page for options.

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Summer School

Can I Use my Institutional Scholarship or PROMISE for Summer School?

In most cases, merit awards offered by the institution are not available for summer sessions - although there are a few exceptions.

  • Students who are graduating early may request to use their scholarships in the summer if they are graduating in the current summer or upcoming fall semester and are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours.
  • Students in majors that are structured as 3-year bachelor’s degree programs may request to use their scholarships in summers they will be enrolled full-time. This does not include students attempting to graduate early by optionally taking summer classes.
  • Students meeting these criteria who wish to utilize a semester of their scholarship in summer must submit the "Institutional Scholarship Exception Request Form" available under the Forms section of our website for review at least three weeks prior to the start of the summer session. Requests are reviewed on an individual basis, and approval is not guaranteed.

PROMISE scholars may be able to use PROMISE for summer if renewal requirements have been met as of the end of the spring semester. Visit our Summer PROMISE page for more information.

For more on overall summer financial aid, visit the Summer Financial Aid section of our website.

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