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To apply for financial aid, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the March 1 deadline to ensure that you meet the deadline for any and all state student aid funding (as well as federal student aid funding) that you may qualify for.

The FAFSA is accessible at the link above on January 1 of each year for the following academic year. To assure that your Student Aid Report (the electronic result of your FAFSA) is forwarded to the colleges of your choice, be sure to list those schools’ federal school codes on your FAFSA. West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s school code is 003828.

In order to submit your FAFSA, you (and your parent if you are a dependent student) will need to sign it with an electronic pin number. This pin number will be used each year to electronically sign your FAFSA when applying for financial aid. If you or your parent do not have a pin, you can each apply for one by visiting the Federal Student Aid Pin Website.

Deadlines

March 1: PROMISE scholarship for West Virginia high school seniors

April 15: West Virginia Higher Education Grant for eligible West Virginia students

 

Types of Financial Aid

Verification Selection
30% of all students are randomly selected for verification by FAFSA. We are required to ask the financial aid applicant and his/her family for additional documentation. If you are required to provide more information, you will receive an email from the Financial Aid Office with further instructions. Any required paperwork should be returned to our office as soon as possible to avoid delays in the determination and processing of your financial aid award.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students who receive financial aid from WVU Parkersburg must remain in good academic standing and must make satisfactory progress toward the completion of their academic goals. This policy applies to all students who apply to receive assistance from any federal or state financial aid program, as well as any programs administered by the college that require determination of academic progress for eligibility. The federal government defines satisfactory academic progress as: maintaining a minimum quantitative (hours attempted and completion rate) and qualitative (grade point average) standards. West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s specific standards are as follows:

a) Grade Point Average All students receiving financial aid must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

b) Completion Rate All students receiving financial aid must maintain a minimum 75% completion rate. This means a student    must complete at least 75% of all credit hours attempted. Grades that will be counted towards attempted hours include F, W, FIW, I, and R. Any previous grades at WVU Parkersburg or other institutions will be included when calculating this rate.

c) Credit Hours Students are also limited to the number of credit hours for which they can receive financial aid.

Eligible Certificates (CERT): Students are expected to complete their program
within attempting 45 credit hours.
Two-Year Degrees (AAS, AA, or AS): Students are expected to complete their
program within attempting 90 credit hours.
Four-Year Degrees (Bachelor’s level): Students are expected to complete their
program within attempting 180 credit hours.

Special Circumstances
If there is a change in your family’s financial situation because of death, divorce, job loss, or other special circumstances, please contact the Financial Aid Office at ude.puvwnull@dianif.

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