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WV HEAPS Academic Grant Program

WV Higher Education Adult Part-time Students

Click here for: The 2015-2016 HEAPS Grant Application (for academic programs)


The purpose of the HEAPS Grant Program is to encourage and enable needy West Virginia students who desire to continue their education on a part-time basis at the post-secondary level.
Students may apply for the HEAPS Grant Program and/or the HEAPS Grant Program Workforce Development Component.

ELIGIBILITY Criteria for HEAPS Grant Program:

A person is eligible for consideration for a HEAPS grant if the person:

  • Is enrolled on a part-time basis.  Meaning enrollment for not less than 3 or no more than 11 semester hours
  • Is a WV resident for at least 12 months prior to the applicationIs a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Has completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov
  • Has financial need based upon cost of attendance less expected family contribution
    Is not in default on any higher education loans
  • Is not incarcerated in a correctional facility
  • Is in compliance with the Military Selective Service Act
  • Is enrolled in a certificate or associate  program
  • Does not hold a previous bachelor degree
  • Is considered an independent student according to current federal financial aid standards or can answer yes to any of the following:
    • Is at least 24 years of age before January 1
    • Is working on a master’s or doctorate program during the current award year
    • Is married, as of the day the FAFSA was filed
    • Is currently an orphan or ward of the court or was until age 18
    • Is a veteran of the US Armed Forces
    • Has children or other dependents who receive more than half of their support from the student
  • Is in compliance with all Standards of Academic Progress
    • 2.0 cumulative GPA
    • 67% completion rate for all courses attempted
  • Must apply each semester

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