Financial Aid

Apply for Aid:

  • Application Process
  • Aid Offer Notification
  • Employment Opportunities


  • Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Consequences of Withdrawal

Financial Assistance:

  • Information on Financial Assistance for Graduate and Professional Students


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To receive an offer of aid, a student must be admitted to the WVU System as a degree seeking student. Students who believe they need financial assistance should apply as early as possible.

Application Process 

To apply for financial aid, a student must first apply for a US Department of Education Federal Student Aid ID.  If the student is considered a dependent for financial aid purposes, a parent must also apply for a Federal Student Aid ID. The FSA ID is used to sign the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), review processed information, correct FAFSA data, and conduct other important business directly with the US Department of Education. Students are advised to save their FSA ID because they will need it for future transactions.

Students must include WVU System's school code (003827) when they complete the FAFSA.  The FAFSA should be submitted by the priority deadline of March 1 for full consideration.  Students can still submit a FAFSA after March 1 for Pell Grant and loan consideration, but they may not be considered for Federal Work Study or the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. The FAFSA must be completed annually for continued consideration for aid.

Aid Offer Notification 

WVU will receive students' FAFSA information electronically if the WVU System's school code was included on the FAFSA. After a FAFSA is reviewed for accuracy, a financial aid award notification will be sent to the student's MIX email.

Employment Opportunities

Student employment opportunities are available on-and-off campus. Assistance for each location is provided below:

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Satisfactory Academic Progress 

Students who wish to receive funds administered by Student Financial Support and Services must make measurable academic progress toward completion of an eligible degree. Regulations require that students meet minimum standards for grade point average and successfully complete a minimum percentage of attempted credit hours. The complete Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy is available online.


Consequences of Withdrawal  

If a student receives federal, state, or institutional financial aid and withdraws from all classes during the semester, the student may be required to return all or part of their financial aid even if it has already been disbursed. Refer to the Withdrawing from Courses website or the terms and conditions accompanying other financial awards from WVU. Withdrawing from one or more classes may also impact future financial aid eligibility per the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

Additional Information

For more information on applying and maintaining financial aid eligibility while enrolled at a WVU System, visit the Student Financial Support and Services website. 


Financial Assistance for Graduate and Professional Students

Regular or provisional graduate and professional students admitted to a financial aid eligible program may be eligible for financial assistance through fellowships and scholarships, graduate assistantships, tuition waivers, loans, and other forms of aid. In addition, Student Employment can assist students in securing on-campus and off-campus jobs.  

Fellowships and scholarships provide students with funds that do not require employment. Fellowships managed by the Office of Graduate Education and Life usually include a stipend, University tuition waiver, College tuition scholarship, and student health insurance, and may also provide funds for research and travel. Scholarships provide funds to help defray students’ educational expenses.

Graduate assistantships may be available through a student’s own department/program or other units on campus. Regular graduate assistantships require 20 hours per week of work and partial graduate assistantships require 10 hours per week of work (typically teaching, research, or service). Assistantships provide the student with a stipend and a full or partial waiver of University tuition (but typically not college/school tuition or University fees; see Tuition, Fees, and Residency and student health insurance).

Tuition Waivers may be provided to some students based on merit, employment with the University, or prior participation in certain programs such as McNair Scholars or the Health Science and Technology Academy (HSTA).

The WVU Mountaineer Hub provides information and instruction to students interested in obtaining federal and private loans to help cover educational expenses. To apply for federal support, students must complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). WVU receives students’ FAFSA information electronically if the WVU school code (003827) is included on the FAFSA. After a FAFSA is reviewed for accuracy, an award notification is e-mailed to the student.