Types of Federal Grant Aid
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grants are awarded to students on the basis of financial need and do not have to be repaid. These grants are considered the foundation of Federal Financial Aid, to which aid from other federal and non-federal sources might be added. Pell Grants are only awarded to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree. The Pell award is based on enrollment status and Pell eligibility as determined by the U.S. Department of Education.
See note about lifetime limits to Pell Grant.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is given to undergraduate students who demonstrate extreme financial need as determined by the U.S. Department of Education.
SEOG Grants are awarded to students with a $0 EFC first until the limited funds are exhausted. Some additional SEOG is held back for awarding students who are part time, independent or who file the FAFSA later in the award year. The SEOG award is typically $400 annually although it can be increased on a case by case basis. The SEOG award is legislated as $100 minimum annually. The institutional maximum FWS is $6000 annually.
Types of West Virginia State Grant Aid
WV Invests Grant
The West Virginia Invests Grant may pay tuition and fees, not to include program and course fees, for qualifying West Viriginia Residents. WV Invests Grant is a "last dollar award". Last dollar means that the Grant may pay tuition and fees not covered by federal grants or other state grants and scholarship programs. To see if you may qualify visit: WV Invests.
WV Higher Education Grant
The West Virginia Higher Education Grant is a need-based financial aid program designed to ensure West Virginia students who have financial need are given an opportunity to pursue post-secondary education. In order to qualify for a West Virginia Higher Education Grant a student must meet all eligibility requirements which includes GPA, residency and other requirements as determined by legislative rule. Renewal students must also complete the required number of hours. For priority consideration file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1, but before April 15 at www.fafsa.gov. For more information visit CFWV WV Higher Education Grant.
Higher Education Adult Part-Time Student Grant
The goal of the Higher Education Adult Part-Time Student Grant Program (HEAPS) is to encourage and enable West Virginia students who demonstrate financial need to continue their education on a part-time basis at the post-secondary level. Applicants must submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 and demonstrate financial need as well as meeting other eligibility requirements. Visit CFWV HEAPS for additional information.