Fifteen students at Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College have been awarded West Virginia Invests grants according to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. It amounts to more than $33,000 in tuition and fees.
The WV Invests program, approved by the legislature earlier this year, provides grants for the full cost of tuition and fees for selected certificate and associate degrees in state two-year and four-year colleges and universities.
It doesn’t matter if you are a recent high school graduate or an adult looking to change careers.
“This is a ‘last dollar in’ grant,” said Sarah Musgrove, New Program Administrator with the WV Higher Education Policy Commission. “That means it pays for any tuition and fees not already paid by other state, federal grants or scholarships.”
The first step is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FASFA. Financial Aid Counselors at local high schools and colleges are available to help.
The second step is to contact a college or university and apply for admission. To find out the institutions that are participating, go to www.wvinvessts.org and click on Find A College.
If you’re unsure if WV Invests covers the program of study that interests you, click on Find A Program. There are several programs at Eastern that qualify including Business, Education, Energy, Healthcare Technology and Information Technology certificate programs and Business, Education, Energy, Healthcare Technology, Information Technology, Biological and Environmental Technology, Occupational Development and Technical Studies Associate degree programs.
General qualifications for WV Invests include:
•Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen for financial aid.
•Must be a resident of West Virginia for a year before applying to WV Invests.
•Must be a graduate of a public, private or home school program or have successfully completed a high school equivalency test,
•Must not already have a college degree or have 90 or more college credits,
•Must complete the FAFSA,
•Must not be in default on any federal student loans,
•Must agree to live in West Virginia for two years following graduation,
•Must complete two hours of unpaid community service during each academic term,
•Must register for at least six credit hours
•Must pay for and pass a drug screening before the start of each academic term.
If you do not complete the two-year residency requirement, the grant will be converted to a student loan and you will be required to repay the money.
WV Invests funds do not cover the cost of books and other course materials that may be required. There are other forms of