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Check Your Financial Aid Status Financial Aid and Acuplacer Workshops
How to Apply Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who Qualifies for Financial Aid? What Can Financial Aid Pay for?
Must I be a Full-Time Student for Aid? What Types of Aid do Eastern Students Qualify for?
Where Can I Get Help?  You Need to Know

Eastern is currently the most affordable Community and Technical College within the state of West Virginia.

Tuition is only $2,424 (plus books) to attend full-time for the year. The average West Virginia community college costs $2,836 (plus books), and the average West Virginia 4-year college or university costs $4,169 (plus books and room and board) to attend full-time for a year.

To calculate the total estimated cost of attending Eastern, and in line with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, the U.S. Department of Education offers all current and prospective students and their families a Net Price Calculator (NPC).

 

Who Qualifies for Financial Aid?

Even with Eastern's low tution, qualifying for some type of financial aid to assist with college costs is easier than ever before. Whether it be a grant, a student loan, or scholarship, funds are available through federal, state and private sources. wishing to renew their funds beyond the first semester must maintain Standards of Progress Guidelines (specific guidelines are published on the back of all student award letters).

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What Can Financial Aid Pay for?

Based on an individual's aid, the following items can be all or partially covered:

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Textbooks
  • Transportation Costs (i.e. gas, car repairs)
  • Daycare expenses
  • Living Expenses

What Types of Aid do Eastern Students Qualify for?

Students at Eastern regularly qualify for the following kinds of aid:

 

Must I be a Full-Time Student for Aid?

No.  Most funds require at least six credit hours of classes a semester to get financial aid.  Federal Pell Grants may be available for as little as one class.

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How to Apply

To apply for financial aid simply:

1. Visit the website of the College Foundation of West Virginia and complete the online application for the PROMISE scholarship. (To apply for the WV Higher Education Grant, follow the instructions below.)
2. All financial aid applicants must complete a FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The Title IV code to use on the FAFSA is 041190.
3. Submit your FAFSA via the web at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Complete a one page Eastern Financial Aid Application.
4. Receive an award letter notifying you of your aid for each semester.
5. REGISTER FOR CLASSES.
6. To receive your funds make sure your file is complete.
7. Funds will be applied to your tuition account at the end of the first week of classes each semester.
8. Students receiving aid in excess of tuition and fees will receive a check in the mail.

If you have previously attended any college or university, you MUST contact those schools and request an official academic transcript.

Where Can I Get Help?

For assistance in:

  • Filling out forms
  • Checking your forms before they are mailed
  • Understanding your Award Notification or Revised Award Notification
  • Completing a scholarship application

contact Amanda Sites , Director of Financial Aid: 877-982-2322, ext. 236

Also, check out How to Complete the FAFSA on Eastern's website.

Additional information about Financial Aid for College in West Virginia is available at Financial Aid 101 and Financial Aid Planning, both from the College Foundation of West Virginia.

A special New York Times feature, published in January 2012, also offers informed answers to students' questions about College Financial Aid.

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You Need to Know:

  • Any adjustment to your class schedule (adding, dropping, withdrawal from any or all classes) will affect your financial aid
  • A complete Financial Aid file is necessary to hold your class registration
  • Financial Aid Standards of Progress must be maintained to continue to receive financial aid.  (See standards printed on the Eastern Financial Aid application.)
  • Financial Aid students who totally withdraw will have their aid adjusted according to the Federal Return of Title IV Funds Policy.

 

Check Your Financial Aid Status

To check the status of your Financial Aid Award, follow the steps described below:
1. Log on to the Eastern Academic Records Service's new link  (at https://rand.wvnet.edu:9797 ) 
2. Click on "Enter Secure Area" 
3. Type in your User ID (usually begins with "S000") 
4. Type in your PIN (your birthday in six digits -- for example, October 10, 1970 would be 101070) 
5. Click on "Student and Financial Aid Info"
6. Click on "Student Records"
7. Click on "Account Summary"

 

Financial Aid and Acuplacer (Course Placement) Workshops

Financial Aid (FAFSA) and Accuplacer workshops are appointment only: All students should contact Patty Goldizen, Learner Support Program Coordinator, to register for a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) workshop session. 

Location for all Financial Aid and Accuplacer Workshops:  Eastern's Moorefield Center at 316 Eastern Drive—first working exit east of Route 220 on Corridor H (new Route 55).

 

Date Financial Aid/FAFSA
& 'Accuplacer' Course
Placement Workshop
Activity

November 15, 2013

9:00 AM – Noon

FAFSA & Placement Testing

December 6, 2013

9:00 AM – Noon

FAFSA & Placement Testing

December 17, 2013

9:00 AM – Noon

FAFSA & Placement Testing

January 3, 2014

1:00 PM– 4:00 PM

FAFSA & Placement Testing

January 7, 2014

9:00 AM – Noon

FAFSA & Placement Testing

January 9, 2014

9:00 AM – Noon

FAFSA & Placement Testing

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FAFSA Renewal Workshops

Returning students who need assistance renewing their 2011-2012 FAFSA applications may attend one of the workshops listed below. Please contact Patty Goldizen in Learner Support Services (telephone: 304-434-8000, ext. 261) to reserve a place in one these sessions.

(Please Note: These sessions are reserved for FAFSA RENEWALS ONLY. First-time FAFSA applicants should attend one of the regular FAFSA Workshops.)

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FAFSA RENEWALS

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  [Dates pending: Please check back after Jan. 10, 2012 for FAFSA Renewal Workshop Schedule.]