Admissions MENU


Incoming freshman and transfer students who meet the criteria are eligible for the Free for Eight Program.  This is a last dollar in, which means it will cover up to the total cost of tuition, mandatory fees and approved academic program fees that are not covered by other federal, state, institutional, and outside resources.

General Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Undergraduate, Degree-Seeking Student
  • Working towards first bachelor’s degree
  • West Virginia Resident
  • FAFSA completed by April 15th (or WV deadline)
  • Federal Pell Grant eligible
  • West Virginia aid eligible
  • Enrolled full time (12+) in WVSU courses
  • Free for Eight Application

First Time Freshman Eligibility Requirements:

  • Admissions Application
  • Final High School Transcripts, GED or TASC
  • High School GPA of 2.0+ or GED/TASC Equivalent
  • Immunization Records
  • Final College Transcripts (Early/Dual Enrollment)

Transfer Eligibility Requirements:

  • Admissions Application
  • Immunization Records
  • Final High School Transcripts with graduation date (if earned less than 30 credit hours)
  • Final College Transcripts (Each institution previously attended)
  • Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Undergraduate, Degree-Seeking Student
  • Working towards first bachelor’s degree
Free for Eight is renewable for four consecutive years (eight semesters) for first time, first year students.  Transfer students can renew for two consecutive years (four semesters).  The Free for Eight Program is renewed annually and does not include Summer semesters. Students must meet all renewal requirements to remain eligible for the Free for Eight Program.  

Renewal Requirements:

  • Remain continuously enrolled at a full time status in WVSU courses
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0+
  • Earn a minimum of 24 credit hours each academic year
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Complete the FAFSA annually by April 15th (or WV Deadline)
  • Remain eligible for the Federal Pell Grant
  • Remain eligible for West Virginia aid
The Free for Eight Program, in addition to any other tuition specific source of funding, cannot exceed the actual cost of base tuition and qualified fees for any semester in which received.  If more than one tuition specific award is available to the student, the Free for Eight funds will be reduced or removed from the student account.  

The Free for Eight Program funds will be awarded to eligible students who submit all requirements by the published priority deadline. 

The Free for Eight award will be added to the Financial Aid Package and is viewable through the student portal, MyState. In addition, an automatic email is generated and sent to the student’s campus email address.  If at any point, a change in the award amount is made, an additional automatic email will be generated and sent to the student’s campus email and is available to view immediately through MyState.

Free for Eight funds will pay to the student’s account through regular disbursement, as long as the student has satisfied all outstanding documentation requirements, has begun attendance in all registered courses and is still meeting all program-specific requirements at the time of disbursement.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure grade point average and credit hour requirements are met each semester and academic year. 

Scholarship Information

Please click on the link below and follow the steps outlined to learn more about scholarships that are availalbe at WVSU. 

Scholarship Platform  
In order to access WVSU ScholarshipUniverse please follow the steps listed.
1. Login with your WVSU username and password
2. Optionally, enter mobile phone number to receive alerts and notifications via text message
3. Click “I’m Ready!” to begin


For More Information Contact:

West Virginia State University
Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

105 Ferrell Hall
P.O. Box 1000
Institute, WV 25112

Phone: (304) 204-4369
Fax: (304) 766-3335
Scroll to Top