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7 Tips for Parents

  1. Do your homework.


    Researching the universities your student is considering will help you find the best fit for your student — and your entire family. Your student should sign up for our mailing list to get the latest information about WVU.
  2. Visit campus.


    Morgantown consistently ranks among America’s greatest college towns. We’re known for our friendly people, safe communities and plentiful outdoor recreation. Experience it for yourself and schedule a visit.
  3. Apply early.


    Submit your student’s admissions application and required documents as early as possible. Updated test scores can be sent later (by February 1 for scholarship consideration).
  4. Pay the academic deposit early.


    After your student is admitted, pay the academic deposit even if they aren’t sure they want to attend WVU. The academic deposit is required to receive housing and orientation information. Don’t worry – if your student decides not to attend WVU and notifies us in writing by May 1 (or December 1 for spring term enrollment), you will get a full refund of the academic deposit.
  5. Complete the FAFSA and calculate costs.

    File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between October 1 and March 1 – the sooner the better. WVU’s FAFSA code is 003827. To estimate your student’s WVU costs, scholarships and aid, use our cost of attendance estimator and net price calculator.
  6. Attend Orientation.

    All first-time freshmen attend a one-day New Student Orientation program to meet with an academic adviser, register for classes, learn about student support services and meet other new students. Parents, guardians and spouses are also invited to Orientation. Attending Orientation with your student will introduce you to campus life and help you prepare for your student’s time at WVU.
  7. Keep in touch with WVU.

    Remind your student to check their WVU email regularly for important messages and reminders – payment deadlines, residence hall move-in information, etc. And remember, you’re part of Mountaineer nation, too! Sign up for the Mountaineer Parents Club, open to parents and family members of WVU students, for special perks like Summer Send-Offs and Parent Electronic News.

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