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To apply for financial aid, you should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the February 15 priority or March 1 absolute to ensure that you meet the deadline for state student aid funding as well as federal student aid funding. You can get this form from your guidance counselor or from the Financial Aid Office (e-mail), or phone 304-424-8210.

The FAFSA is also accessible on the web after January 1 at To assure that the student’s financial aid report is forwarded to the colleges of their choice, school codes are listed on the FAFSA. The West Virginia University at Parkersburg school code is 003828.

The website includes instructions on how to correctly complete the FAFSA application and assists the student in applying for a PIN (personal identification number) at the website. This PIN number is used each year to electronically sign the FAFSA when applying for financial aid assistance. If you do not have a PIN, you will need to print a signature page and mail it to the processor to finalize the application status. Using a PIN will eliminate the signature step in the application process.

Please Note: Applying for individual PIN numbers should be done by the student as well as the parents of the student if the student is still considered a dependent applicant. After submitting a PIN application on the web, students and parents will receive the PIN number in approximately 24-48 hours.

Financial Need Funding
To receive financial aid based on need from West Virginia University at Parkersburg or federal and state governments, you must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student (FAFSA).

The paper version of the FAFSA is available from the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Financial Aid Office or from your high school guidance counselor; however, the U.S. Department of Education is encouraging students to apply online. The paper version (or the web version) must be submitted if you wish to be considered for all available aid resources including grants, loans, and student employment. No processing fee is required for either form.

Because some programs have limited funding, you should submit the completed FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible to receive consideration for programs. Undergraduate West Virginia residents must remember to meet the March 1 deadline for the West Virginia Higher Education Grant and the West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship.

The FAFSA is used to determine your expected family contribution towards the cost of your education, which in turn, determines your “financial need.” Three to four weeks after you mail the FAFSA, an acknowledgement will be sent to you by the federal application processor. Your data will also be submitted electronically to West Virginia at Parkersburg if you choose. West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Title IV Institution Code is 003828.

Student loan funding during an individual’s college years is often used. The various loan and grant programs available are described briefly on the Types of Financial Aid Page.

Verification Selection
If a student is selected for verification, 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 need to submit a copy of your signed income tax return along with the requested verification worksheets. This paperwork should be returned to our office as soon as possible to avoid delays in receiving your financial aid award.

Satisfactory Academic Progress
Maintaining satisfactory academic progress toward completion of a degree is required in order to continue receiving any type of financial student aid funding.

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