Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
Once you are admitted, closely monitor your MIX email. It is the primary mode of communication. Pay particularly close attention to emails from the WVU Mountaineer Hub because they usually pertain to important topics like financial aid and billing.
- New, incoming students apply for admission.
- All students - incoming and continuing - should seek out external scholarships and departmental or program scholarships to help with educational expenses.
- New students should apply for a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) on the FSA ID website. Both you and at least one parent must apply for separate FSA IDs. The FSA ID is used to electronically sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), complete Master Promissory Notes (MPN), Entrance Counseling, PLUS Loan Requests, and more!
- October 1: Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) via the myStudentAid app (available in the Apple App Store or on Google Play) or via fafsa.ed.gov. To receive the best financial aid offer available to you, complete your FAFSA by the March 1, 2020 priority deadline. If you are interested in any state or private aid programs, check with the agency for application and deadline information.
- Although the priority deadline is March 1, the sooner you submit your FAFSA, the better! Sometimes additional information or documents are needed, so you want to have as much time as possible to get those taken care of if needed.
- October 1: First-time freshmen who are West Virginia residents can submit the PROMISE Scholarship application. Additional information can be found at cfwv.com.
- Housing applications become available. You must pay your academic deposit before you apply for housing.
- Room selection begins.
- First-time freshmen should schedule ACT and/or SAT tests so scores can be received as early as possible. The goal is to ensure the most up-to-date test information is available on your WVU student record for scholarship consideration deadlines.
- Monitor your Financial Aid Information via your WVU Portal for requirements which could prevent your financial aid offer.
- Fall breaks are a great time to apply for scholarships!
- January 16: For consideration for the Bucklew and Foundation Scholarships, incoming first-time freshmen who are residents of West Virginia should make sure they are admitted with their most recent high school transcripts and ACT and/or SAT test scores on file. If students are eligible to apply for the scholarships, they will be notified via email.
- At the end of January, financial aid offers begin to admitted first-time freshmen with a valid FAFSA and no unsatisfied requirements. You can find unsatisfied requirements through your WVU Portal (under your Financial Aid Information, then the "Eligibility" section).
- Dining plans for the 2020-2021 academic year become available for selection for students on the My Mountaineer Card website.
- Submit a FAFSA by the March 1 priority deadline to optimize your financial aid eligibility.
- First-time freshmen who are West Virginia residents applying for the PROMISE Scholarship must submit both the application and FAFSA by March 1.
- Incoming students should make sure they are admitted with their most recent high school transcripts and ACT and/or SAT test scores on file to meet the March 1 priority deadline for most institutional scholarships for first-time students (Scholarship of Distinction, Distinguished Achievement, International).
- March 1: Priority deadline to submit a FAFSA for consideration for the best financial aid offer available to you.
- March 1: Deadline for first-time freshmen who are West Virginia residents to apply for the PROMISE Scholarship by submitting both the PROMISE application and FAFSA.
- March 1: Admission priority deadline for most institutional scholarships for first-time students (Scholarship of Distinction, Distinguished Achievement, International). Visit our Scholarships page for more information on institutional scholarships.
- By the end of the month, financial aid offers begin to continuing students with a valid FAFSA and no unsatisfied requirements. You can find unsatisfied requirements through your WVU Portal (under your Financial Aid Information, then the "Eligibility" section).
- New Student Orientation information is sent to incoming students who have paid their academic deposit.
- Use the Plan for Your Cost Your Way planner to plan for your estimated costs for the upcoming fall and spring. The planner allows students and families to input their information to determine potential costs. It also allows you to see how making changes to things such as your college, room, and meal plan can impact cost. Find the planner on the Cost & Resource Planner website.
- May 1: Academic deposit payment due for incoming students for fall.
- May 1: Last day for incoming students to receive a full refund of their academic deposit if they will not be attending in fall.
- Parents of dependent undergraduates interested in a Parent PLUS Loan and graduate/professional students interested in a Graduate PLUS Loan may apply at studentaid.ed.gov.
- First-time Direct Loan borrowers (Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and/or Graduate PLUS loans) must complete the Loan Agreement (Master Promissory Note) and Entrance Counseling at studentaid.ed.gov
- New Student Orientation for incoming first-time freshmen.
- July 3: Last day to select a meal plan before it defaults to the Go 13 Plan (for on-campus students at the Morgantown campus). Visit the WVU Dining Services page for information on meal plans.
- Students who have more financial aid than institutional charges will be eligible for a refund at the beginning of the semester. Sign up for direct deposit through studentaccounts.wvu.edu/refunds.
- August 11: Financial aid disburses to pay toward fall bill.
- August 16: Students who reserved their books using financial aid can begin picking them up. Information on bookstore programs can be found at studentaccounts.wvu.edu/bookstore-programs.
- August 19: Refunds may be available for students signed up for direct deposit who are due a refund because their financial aid (and payments) are more than their instituional charges for the semester. Students can sign up for direct deposit at studentaccounts.wvu.edu/refunds.
- August 21: First day of classes!
- August 27: Last day to add/drop classes.
- August 30: Last day that students who reserved their books using financial aid can pick up their books. Information on bookstore programs can be found at studentaccounts.wvu.edu/bookstore-programs.