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FAFSA, Promise Scholarship deadlines are March 1

PARKERSBURG –West Virginia is seeing a decline in Promise Scholarship applications as the deadline to apply is coming up.

According to a press release from the WVU Extension Service, the state has seen more than a 40 percent decline in the number of Promise Scholarship applications compared to this same time last year with officials pointing to the continuing impacts of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

”As students begin to prepare for the next steps in their educational journey, there are two important applications that should be completed to be considered for higher education financial assistance, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the Promise Scholarship,” the release said.

To be considered for federal financial aid, students must complete the FAFSA. The data collected on the application is used to determine a student’s federal aid eligibility.

Interested people can visit the Federal Student Aid website for more information, including understanding the aid, filing the FAFSA, reviewing the aid offer letter and more.

The priority deadline for the FAFSA is March 1. Applicants that reach the priority deadline will have an increased chance of receiving more federal financial aid. If the March 1 deadline is missed, students have until April 15 to complete the application.

The Promise Scholarship, which was established in 2001, is a merit-based scholarship for West Virginia residents based on high school grade point average and ACT or SAT scores. The funds allow high school students to attend an in-state college or university at little to no cost.

For more information on the Promise Scholarship, visit the College Foundation of West Virginia’s website.

Like the FAFSA, the deadline for Promise Scholarship applications is March 1.

To assist in the financial aid process, free one-on-one consultations are available through the Mountaineer HUB and Higher Education Policy Commission’s College Foundation of West Virginia.

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