Federal & State Aid for College
There are lots of options when it comes to paying for college — including federal and state financial aid. And, if you’re an eligible undergraduate student, you may be able to get a grant that does not need to be paid back (unlike student loans).
The U.S. Department of Education, the state of West Virginia, WVU Parkersburg, private industries and organizations offer a variety of financial aid and tuition assistance programs. At WVU Parkersburg, we have aid left over, because students simply did not apply! For more information on your eligibility, please visit Federal Student Aid.
Federal Student Aid
The U.S. Department of Education awards over $100 billion annually for college tuition, fees, books, and other expenses. You may be eligible to receive federal aid to help you pay for your college education. Federal financial aid comes in many forms, including grants, student loans, and work-study programs.
The Federal Work Study (FWS) Program is federally funded and designed to assist those students who demonstrate a financial need. It provides the opportunity of employment to qualified students. Students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year in order to be considered for FWS. Students must also maintain a 2.0 or greater to qualify.
Federal Work Study is a campus-based program with limited funding. This type of assistance usually goes to the earliest applicants with the highest financial need. Funds may become available throughout the academic year as students choose not to participate in FWS. If you have been awarded Federal Work Study, contact the Financial Aid Office for work-study options on campus.
State Financial Aid for College
There are state financial aid programs to help residents pay for their college education. You may be eligible for state-funded grants or loans, depending on need and program requirements. Please adhere to the eligibility considerations application deadlines, rules, and requirements for each.
West Virginia Invests is a last-dollar-in financial aid program available at participating two or four-year public institutions in West Virginia. This program is designed to cover the cost of tuition, mandatory fees and academic program fees for certificate or associate degree programs in specific high-demand fields, as determined by the West Virginia Department of Commerce. For more information, click here.
The West Virginia Nursing Scholarship program is for LPN, RN, LPN teaching certificate, and master’s or doctoral nursing education students. In exchange for receiving the scholarship, participants agree to complete a service obligation in West Virginia. The program is a joint project by the West Virginia Center for Nursing and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. For more information, click here.
The West Virginia Engineering, Science and Technology (WV STEM) Scholarship Program is a student financial aid program designed to enable and encourage academically talented individuals to pursue careers in the fields of engineering, science and technology in West Virginia. For more information, click here.