WV Invests Grant
The West Virginia Legislature just made paying for a high-quality certificate or associate degree a whole lot easier through the creation of the WV Invests Grant program! Sometimes referred to as the "free community college" bill, this is a "last dollar in" program - which means students use all of their other federal and/or state grant awards first, and WV Invests will cover the remaining costs for tuition and fees at West Virginia community and technical colleges. With 3/4 of jobs in the current economy requiring postsecondary education or training, this grant program is designed to help more West Virginians earn the credentials they need to get jobs that will allow them to live and work right here at home.
You are eligible to receive a WV Invests grant if you:
- Were a legal resident of West Virginia for at least 1 year immediately before applying;
- Are a graduate of a public, private or homeschool program, or have successfully passed a high school equivalency test;
- Have not already earned a college degree (associate level or higher);
- Are at least 18 years old;
- Have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
- Are willing to make a commitment to improving the state by living in West Virginia for at least two years after graduation and completing at least 8 hours of unpaid community service during your time of study.
- Meet the minimum admissions requirements at an eligible institution and register for at least 6 credit hours; and,
- Pass a drug test.
To remain eligible, you must:
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0;
- Continue to register for at least 6 credit hours each semester; and,
- Make adequate progress toward completing your degree.
Once you graduate, you are not obligated to repay your WV Invests Grant if you:
- Live in West Virginia for two years after graduation; and,
- Complete 8 hours of community service during your time of study.
- If you haven't already done so, fill out a FAFSA. This is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and it's the first step in applying for financial aid for college. The FAFSA is free and available at FAFSA.gov. You also can find more on financial aid planning through CFWV.com, the state's free college- and career-planning website.
- Contact the community and technical college closest to you. The WV Invests Grant application will be ready soon, but in the meantime your college will be able to give you information to get started.
- Apply to your community and technical college through their website, which you can find HERE.
Academic programs covered by WV Invests:
These programs are being identified in conjunction with the West Virginia Department of Commerce, in order to tie qualifying academic programming to the state's most pressing workforce needs. This means that the programs covered by WV Invests will be ones that can lead to jobs employers are looking to fill right now across the state. Stay tuned for the full list of programs!