Application open and eligible programs released for WV Invests, the state’s new free community college grant program
The application for students interested in WV Invests, the state’s new last-dollar-in grant program that covers tuition and fees at community and technical colleges, has been launched online. Approved by the West Virginia Legislature in March, this program allows students to use other federal and/or state grant awards first, with WV Invests covering the remaining tuition and fee costs for eligible academic programs at the state’s nine community and technical colleges and any participating four-year institutions.
“Here in West Virginia, a community college education is powerful,” said Dr. Sarah Tucker, Chancellor for West Virginia Community and Technical College Education. “It opens the door to high-demand jobs. It allows people to earn credentials close to home. It’s adaptable to their busy schedules. It’s in sync with industry needs so graduates have jobs waiting on them. And, thanks to this forward-looking investment by the state, it’s now more affordable than ever before.”
Online at wvinvests.org under the “apply now” tab, students will find a link to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – the required first step in this process – as well as the WV Invests application. Students must complete a FAFSA prior to applying for the WV Invests grant.
Also on wvinvests.org, students will find full lists of eligible programs at each of West Virginia’s community and technical colleges located across the state. These programs were approved by the West Virginia Department of Commerce to align with specific high-demand career fields across the Mountain State, and they could change over time as the state’s workforce needs evolve.
“These eligible academic programs represent high-demand fields so our students are earning their credentials for the careers that matter in West Virginia,” Dr. Tucker said. “From allied health fields and computer science to electric utility and welding technologies, these are the programs that lead to real jobs – and allow our graduates to continue living, working and raising their families in the Mountain State.”
To qualify for WV Invests, a student must:
- have been a legal resident of the state for at least one year before applying;
- have graduated high school or passed a high school equivalency test;
- have not already earned a college degree;
- make a commitment to live in West Virginia for at least two years after graduation;
- complete at least two hours of unpaid community service each academic term;
- register for at least six credit hours each semester;
- maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on all coursework completed;
- complete a FAFSA each year; and,
- pay for and pass a drug screening before the start of each academic term.
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