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West Virginia Invests

West Virginia Invests is a last-dollar-in financial aid program designed to cover the cost of basic tuition and fees for certificate or associate degree programs in specific high-demand fields, as determined by the West Virginia Department of Commerce, at a participating West Virginia public two- or four-year institution. With 3/4 of jobs in the current economy requiring post-secondary education or training, West Virginia Invests is designed to help more West Virginians LIKE YOU earn the credentials you need to land a rewarding career right here at home.

West Virginia Invests was created by the Legislature during the 2019 regular session and will begin helping hardworking West Virginians pay for college in the 2019-20 academic year.

The program is managed by the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education.
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WV’s PROMISE Scholarship

The PROMISE Scholarship is a merit-based financial aid program for West Virginia residents. Students who achieve certain academic requirements are eligible to receive funds to help pay for college. Eligible high school graduates will receive annual awards up to $4,750 to cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees at public or independent institutions in West Virginia. Awards are contingent upon annual funding of the program by the West Virginia State Legislature.

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WVU Parkersburg’s Ascend

WVU Parkersburg’s Accelerating Student Completion: Encouraging New Dreams (Ascend) is a program created to help more students earn certificates and associate degrees within three years. Funded by a grant from Arnold Ventures, Ascend replicates the ASAP program at CUNY colleges whose students doubled their graduation rates by providing a range of financial, academic, and personal supports. These supports include comprehensive and personal advisement, career counseling, tutoring, waivers for tuition and mandatory fees, Kroger gift cards for groceries and/or gas, and additional financial assistance to defray the cost of textbooks.

Ascend also offers special class scheduling options to ensure that Ascend students get the classes they need, are in classes with other Ascend students, and attend classes in convenient blocks of time to accommodate their work schedules. As students approach graduation, they will receive additional assistance to help them transfer to a bachelor’s degree program, another 4-year college, or transition into the workforce, depending on their goals.

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