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Waivers

In general, waivers are a type of aid that "waives" a portion of a student's institutional charges.  As such, they can only be applied directly to the charges they are intended to waive and not other portions of the student's cost of attendance.  Waivers usually do not need paid back.

Choose Your Student Type for Waiver Options:

Not Eligible for Waivers

  • Non-Degree Students
  • Visiting Students

Undergraduate Waivers

Undergraduate waivers are those awarded to undergraduate students pursing an associate's degree or first bachelor's degree: first-time freshmen, transfer, and current.

Health Sciences & Technology Academy (HSTA) Waiver

Consideration for the HSTA waiver is only available to students who participated in the Health Sciences & Technology Academy during high school.

  • The HSTA waiver applies directly to tuition and fees, so it can only cover tuition and fee charges not paid by other tuition-specific aid.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program while meeting the institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
  • The waiver may only be utilized for up to eight undergraduate semesters while seeking a first bachelor’s degree. There are separate requirements to be considered for graduate eligibility which can be found here at the HSTA website.
What should I do if I transfer schools?
Students transferring between in-state institutions should contact the financial aid office at their new school and the HSTA college coordinator at kkasten@hsc.wvu.edu.

What if I didn’t receive my HSTA waiver for this semester?

Possible reasons include:

  • You have changed schools and did not inform the appropriate individuals (please see transfer information above).
  • Your name has changed.
  • You are not meeting the institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
  • You have already utilized the maximum eight semesters of HSTA.
  • You do not have any tuition and fees not covered by other tuition and fee specific aid.
  • You are at your cost of attendance with other gift aid. Financial aid cannot exceed the cost of attendance.
  • You are not enrolled as a full-time student. If this is the case, call the HSTA office at 1-800-345-4267 for assistance.

Additional information on the HSTA waiver can be found at the Health Sciences & Technology Academy website.

Please note that waivers may impact other financial aid eligibility as financial aid cannot exceed the cost of attendance.

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The Medal of Honor and Andrew J. Trail Purple Heart Recipient Tuition Waiver

Consideration for the Purple Heart waiver is for students who have received the Medal of Honor or a Purple Heart Medal.

A state institution will waive undergraduate tuition and mandatory fee charges for a state resident that has been honorably discharged from any branch of the United States armed forces if that resident:

(1) Has received the Medal of Honor or a Purple Heart Medal. This waiver is for the amount of tuition and mandatory fee charges that exceeds the total amount of any state and federal education benefits, grants or scholarships received by the resident;

                          OR

(2) Has received the Medal of Honor or a Purple Heart Medal and sustained wounds during military combat that resulted in either a permanent disability or a loss of limb. This waiver is for the amount of tuition and mandatory fee charges that exceeds state and federal education benefits, grants or scholarships received by the resident that are designated solely for tuition and mandatory fees.

The waiver may only be utilized for up to eight undergraduate semesters.

Please note that waivers may impact other financial aid eligibility as financial aid cannot exceed the cost of attendance.

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West Virginia Foster Care Tuition Waiver

Consideration for the WV Foster Care tuition waiver is only available to students who:

  • Graduated from high school or passed the TASC examination while in the legal custody of the State Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR);
  • Were in family foster care or residential care for at least one year immediately preceding high school graduation or passing the TASC examination;
  • Apply for the waiver within two years of graduation from high school or passing the TASC examination;
  • Have been accepted to a West Virginia public institution of higher education AND apply for other student financial aid, other than student loans, in compliance with federal financial aid rules, including the federal Pell Grant.

To apply for the waiver:

Students must provide the Financial Aid Office with a letter from the State Department of Health and Human Resources on DHHR letterhead as proof that the student was in foster/residential care placement one year prior to graduation/TASC completion. This letter must be signed by the CSM and/or child’s worker.

  • The waiver applies directly to tuition, so it can only cover tuition charges not paid by other tuition-specific aid. It does not apply to fees, deposits, room, board, or the cost of books.
  • The waiver cannot be used for more than four years of undergraduate study.

Please note that waivers may impact other financial aid eligibility as financial aid cannot exceed the cost of attendance.

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Graduate or Professional Waivers

Graduate Tuition Waiver

Waivers of university tuition may be provided for graduate students with assistantships and fellowships, for graduate students who are awarded merit waivers, and for eligible West Virginia University employees.

Additional information on graduate waivers available as well as restrictions, please visit the Graduate Education website.

Please note that waivers may impact other financial aid eligibility as financial aid cannot exceed the cost of attendance.

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Health Sciences & Technology Academy (HSTA) Waiver

Consideration for the HSTA waiver is only available to students who participated in the Health Sciences & Technology Academy during high school.

  • The HSTA waiver applies directly to tuition and fees, so it can only cover tuition and fee charges not paid by other tuition-specific aid.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program while meeting the institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
  • The waiver may only be utilized for up to eight undergraduate semesters while seeking a first bachelor’s degree. There are separate requirements to be considered for graduate eligibility which can be found here at the HSTA website.

What should I do if I transfer schools?

Students transferring between in-state institutions should contact the financial aid office at their new school and the HSTA college coordinator at kkasten@hsc.wvu.edu.

What if I didn’t receive my HSTA waiver for this semester?

Possible reasons include:

  • You have changed schools and did not inform the appropriate individuals (please see transfer information above).
  • Your name has changed.
  • You are not meeting the institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
  • You have already utilized the maximum eight semesters of HSTA.
  • You do not have any tuition and fees not covered by other tuition and fee specific aid.
  • You are at your cost of attendance with other gift aid. Financial aid cannot exceed the cost of attendance.
  • You are not enrolled as a full-time student. If this is the case, call the HSTA office at 1-800-345-4267 for assistance.

Additional information on the HSTA waiver can be found at the Health Sciences & Technology Academy website.

Please note that waivers may impact other financial aid eligibility as financial aid cannot exceed the cost of attendance.

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