Other Funding Options
If you or your family will be paying your balance due in full and want information on how to submit payments to the University, visit studentaccounts.wvu.edu/payment for more information. There are also tutorials to help walk you through submitting your payment online.
In addition to scholarships, grants, and/or loans offered by the institution, state, or federal government, there are additional ways students can fund their educational expenses.
- College Savings (529, Prepaid)
- Third-Party Sponsors
- Monthly Payment Plan
- Student Employment Options
- Private and Departmental Scholarships
- Credit-Based Loan Options (PLUS or Private)
College Savings Plans
If you invested in a college savings plan such as a 529 or prepaid college plan, it is important to contact your plan manager for instructions on how to send funds to the institution. Some plans only require a request from the plan holder while others need a bill printed from the student’s WVU Portal.
Third-Party Sponsors are entities which pay institutional charges for a student. Examples: Vocational Rehabilitation, military, employers, etc. Students may qualify for assistance through these entities.
Monthly Payment Plan
West Virginia University offers a monthly payment plan to help students spread all or a portion of their institutional charges over several months. View more information or sign up for the monthly payment plan.
The payment plan is usually available in March for the fall semester. Students can estimate their plan based on their estimated direct cost (university tuition, college tuition, room, meal plan, etc.) then adjust when the actual bill becomes available if necessary. It's better not to wait for the semester bill and to sign up as early as possible to spread payments out over as many months as possible.
Students can seek on- or off-campus employment to help with indirect costs – such as supplies, personal, and transportation costs – through the MountaineerTRAK system at studentemployment.wvu.edu.
Private and Departmental Scholarships
Students should always continue seeking additional scholarship assistance through their department (i.e. program of study) and private establishments. View a breakdown of different scholarship sources as well as tips on applying.
Credit-Based Loan Options (PLUS and Private)
There are a variety of different credit-based loan options from the federal government and private lenders. However, there are differences between federal and private loans such as the borrower, the lender, interest rates, fees, and terms. We have tools to help you determine what works best for you!
- Students and parents can apply for private loans. More information available View more on private loans.
- Parent PLUS Loans are options for parents of dependent undergraduates. View more on Parent Plus Loans.
- Graduate PLUS Loans can only be borrowed by graduate students. View more on Graduate PLUS Loans.