Apply for Financial Aid
- October 1 — Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available.
- January — WVU begins awarding financial award packages (merit and need-based).
- March 1 — FAFSA must be submitted for priority consideration for all aid programs.
- Gather your family's income information.
- File the FAFSA as soon as possible between October 1 and March 1. Use FAFSA school code 003827 to send your information to WVU's Morgantown campus.
- Once your application is processed by the Federal Processing Center, a notification will be sent to you either electronically (if you included an email address on the application) or by mail in a paper Student Aid Report. If you included our school code on your application, we will receive your information electronically from the Federal Processing Center.
- Review your award and respond within 30 days. If you met the priority filing deadline of March 1, you can expect to receive your WVU financial aid offer in early April.
Federal regulations require us to select a certain number of applications for a review process called verification. If your application is selected, you will be notified by our office through a written request for additional information. You will have 30 days to submit the required documents. Your financial aid will not be processed until all required documents are received.
- Use the Net Price Calculator to project your eligibility for federal and state aid programs and see the actual cost of attending WVU.
- Apply on time. The application deadline for need-based aid is March 1. However, the earlier you file, the better! There are limited funds available in some aid programs; meeting filing deadlines is very important.
- Be sure applications are complete and correct.
- Read correspondence completely, and respond promptly.
- Remember to accept your Financial Aid package in your Student Account.
- Establish a budget for your college expenses and stick to it.
- Complete your federal tax returns as soon as possible and keep photocopies.
- Indicate your financial aid refund preferences through our partner, Tuition Management Systems. You are highly encouraged to sign up for direct deposit.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I transfer my FASFA to WVU?
Will I still receive my Pell Grant if I transfer to WVU?
Usually Federal Pell Grant eligibility remains the same regardless of the school. One common exception is if your grant is based on an approved family contribution appeal (aka special circumstances or financial hardship appeal) with the other school. If so, you would need to submit a family contribution appeal to WVU as well for consideration.
When do I need to send WVU my FAFSA for spring term?
You should add WVU’s school code to your FAFSA as soon as possible. It is important to start the aid process as early as possible in case you need to provide additional information.
Will my state aid transfer to WVU?
It depends! If you are receiving West Virginia State-Level Financial Aid Programs, notify us via online request so we can review your eligibility. If you are receiving aid from another state, contact the aid provider (usually your state higher education agency) to see if the aid transfers to West Virginia institutions and how to do so.
If you need help completing the FAFSA, call Federal Student Aid Programs at 800-4FED-AID or call the WVU Financial Aid Office at 304-293-5242.