The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), requires institutions to disclose certain information to prospective and current students, and employees. The purpose of this webpage is to provide the information required to be disclosed by the HEA in an easy to find location. These federal regulations require that colleges who receive Title IV federal funding provide specific consumer information about the college. Listed below is the information West Virginia University at Parkersburg is required to disclose and the web links, or catalogs where the information can be found.
West Virginia University at Parkersburg is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education through 2023-24. WVU Parkersburg desires to answer any accreditation questions you may have. Please contact Dr. David Lancaster, Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the Higher Learning Commission at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, email@example.com, (800) 621-7440, and from the HLC website.
Types of Financial Aid
Financial aid is money to be used in meeting educational expenses such as tuition, fees, books and course supplies. Financial aid awards are based on your individual and family financial need and eligibility as determined through the annual FAFSA application. There are several types of financial aid available at WVU Parkersburg, including grants, scholarships, work study, and loans. Financial aid awards may include a combination of the various types of aid available. You can learn more about all the types of financial aid we offer as follows:
Federal Pell Grant:
Pell grants are available to undergraduates who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree. The grant is based on financial need and the number of credit hours for which you are enrolled on the last day of the add/drop period. The award amount listed on your award letter is always based on full-time enrollment. (All students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – FAFSA)
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG):
SEOG is a federal aid program that is awarded to undergraduate students who show the greatest financial need; are registered at least half time; and are working on their first bachelor’s degree. Priority is given to students who receive the Federal Pell Grant. A student can receive between $100 and $1000 an academic year, depending on your financial need and the institution’s funding level. Allocation of funds is at WVUP’s discretion, and awarding is based on need and application date along with the other criteria listed above.
Work Study is money you earn through working a job on-campus or through community service activities organized in coordination with the college. Students who demonstrate financial need and are in good academic standing may be eligible to participate in the federal work-study program. Students may be employed in departmental offices, the Tutoring Center, on the maintenance staff, etc. Paychecks, at the higher of the federal or West Virginia minimum wage rate, are made every two weeks according to the hours worked through the Human Resources Office. Students must reapply with the Financial Aid Office each semester to verify continued eligibility. (for more information contact the Financial Aid Office (304-424-8310) or your Campus Counselor)
Federal Direct Loans:
A federal loan program that is awarded to students who show financial need and are registered at least half time. WVU Parkersburg participates in the Federal Direct Loan Program. Repayment begins six months after leaving school or dropping below half-time status. A fixed Interest rate is established July 1st of each year for the upcoming aid year.
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• The U.S. Department of Education is your lender.
• You must not have an adverse credit history.
• The maximum loan amount is the cost of attendance (financial aid budget as described on the student’s award letter) minus other financial aid received
• If the student has already filed the FAFSA, a parent can apply for a PLUS loan on studentaid.gov.
West Virginia State Financial Aid
Following is a list of state financial aid assistance for residents of West Virginia: