Where Do I Start?
Where do students from my area tend to go to college?
Do I have financial aid options?
How many students from my county decide to go to college each year?
For the answers to these questions and many more, check out Higher Education At-A-Glance to learn more about higher education as it relates to your home county.
Some Important Outside Resources
College Foundation of West Virginia
This website provides you with a variety of tools for seeking financial aid in WV, including financial aid calculators, application information and scholarships.
HERE are a list of scholarships available West Virginia students including PROMISE, HEAPS, and the WV Higher Ed Grant.
Take the prior learning assessment to find out what work experience, military service, on-the-job training and more may count toward your degree. You can receive college credit for your real-world experience!
A Few Program Options
Board of Governors Associate in Applied Science
"A flexible associate degree program for busy adults."
The Board of Governors AAS degree is a flexible degree completion opportunity designed for busy adults who want to earn a college degree. It can save countless hours and dollars in your quest to achieve your educational goals by awarding college credit for work and life experiences.
You can construct an individualized educational degree plan by combining:
- Previously earned college credits
- Credit earned for work and life experiences
- Credits awarded through standardized testing (CLEP, DANTES, etc.)
- Traditional or distance courses offered through West Virginia's community and technical colleges.
Your educational plan can be as individual as you want. And best of all, the program's flexibility allows you to complete your degree at your own pace.
Students are eligible for admission to the program two years after high school graduation. Students must not hold a degree from an accredited institution nor be enrolled simultaneously in another degree program.
There is no special application fee for admission into the program. Registration and service fees for enrollment in courses are assessed according to the established fee schedule at each institution. A fee of $300 is charged for a portfolio evaluation of work and life experiences, and a $10.00 per credit hour posting fee is charged for credit awarded through this process.
The Board of Governors Associate in Applied Science program consists of 60 credit hours. These hours include 21 credit hours of General Education courses in communications, social science, computer literacy, and math/science; The remainder consists of 39 credit hours of General Electives which may be met through your individual educational degree plan.
For more information, please contact one of West Virginia's community and technical colleges or the Community & Technical College System of WV at 866.TWO.YEAR (866-896-9327).
Welcome to the West Virginia Community and Technical Colleges Consortium of distance learning courses and degrees. These courses and programs are available through the West Virginia Virtual Learning Network. The West Virginia Virtual Learning Network (WVVLN) is the distance education consortium of the public state colleges and universities of West Virginia. The primary mission of WVVLN is to provide West Virginia citizens access to educational programs from the state's institutions of higher education by 100% online education technologies.
Financial Aid Participation Rates 2015
These students were able to receive financial aid which did not have to be paid back. The number includes federal, state, or institutional grants or waivers.
This does not include: veterans' benefits, vocational rehabilitation benefits, other educational benefits, or loans.
Certificates and Degrees Awarded
In total, our state's community and technical colleges awarded 4,758 certificates and degrees in 2015, with Blue Ridge awarding the highest number at 987.
The certificate degree programs require at least 30 credit hours of which six
credit hours must be general education. The purpose of the certificate program is to prepare students to enter directly into employment in a specific career and meet the documented workforce needs of employers.
Certificate programs also provide the foundation for the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree for occupational programs.
Associate’s degrees require a minimum of 60 credit hours and indicate that the student has completed a program of academic development and has achieved a level of performance reflected in student learning outcomes sufficient to progress to upper division collegiate work or to enter directly into specific occupations in the workforce.
There are three types of associate’s degrees: Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), and the Associate in Applied Science (AAS).
Suicide Prevention (Jamie's Law)
On March 10, 2015, the West Virginia Legislature passed Jamie’s Law, legislation aimed at increasing awareness of suicide prevention resources, including those on college campuses. The links below will direct you to suicide prevention resources available through West Virginia's community and technical colleges.
For immediate help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College: Counseling Services
BridgeValley Community and Technical College: Counseling Services
Eastern WV Community and Technical College: Counseling Services
Mountwest Community and Technical College: Counseling Services
New River Community and Technical College: Counseling Services
Pierpont Community and Technical College: Counseling Services
Southern WV Community and Technical College: Counseling Services
WV Northern Community College: Counseling Services
West Virginia University at Parkersburg: Counseling Services