Hotline for student financial aid info
by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
I’m a firm believer in the transformative power of higher education. Participation in education and training programs beyond high school not only equips students with critical workforce skills needed to compete in today’s economy, but also strengthens our communities-empowering individuals to realize their full potential and capabilities.
Earning a college degree helps West Virginians not only make a living, but also build a life here in our beautiful state.
To ensure that every student has the opportunity to pursue education and training after high school, West Virginia provides both need-based and merit-based financial aid. In fact, our state ranks sixth in the nation in providing financial aid per undergraduate student. Additionally, grants and low-interest loans to help pay for college are available from the federal government.
Applying for financial aid begins with completing one form: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The application is one of the most important steps in preparing for college, regardless of age or income. Every student who plans to attend college in the fall of 2013 should complete one, including high school seniors, returning college students and adults who want to return to the classroom.
To learn more about the financial aid application process, call the state’s free financial aid hotline at 1-888-825-5707.