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PROMISE Eligibility Requirements for 2008: GED and Home School Students

  1. Each student must complete the PROMISE Scholarship Application (Common Application) by March 1, 2008.  Visit www.wvapply.com to apply.  The Common Application becomes available November 1, 2007.
  2. All students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2008.  That form must be received by the Federal Student Aid Program and must meet the conditions for processing on or before March 1, 2008.  Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA becomes available January 1, 2008.
  3. Both GED and home schooled students should take the GED exam before March 1 of the year for which they are applying (for example a student wishing to start college in the fall of 2008 should take the GED before March 1, 2008).

    If a student is unable to take the GED before March 1, we will allow the student to take the GED and submit the scores by the end of June.  However, these students need to follow all other PROMISE deadlines (PROMISE Application Timeline).  In addition, students who do not take the GED before March 1, 2008 will need to submit an appeal letter requesting additional time to complete the GED exam.

    A GED or home schooled student must receive a minimum score of 2500 on the GED exam in order to be considered for PROMISE Scholarship eligibility.
  4. In addition to the GED exam, a student must attain an ACT composite score of 22 with a minimum sub-score of 20 in each of the four subject areas (math, science, English and reading); or a combined SAT score of 1020 with at least a minimum sub-score of 490 in the critical reading section and 480 in the math section.  Scores cannot be combined from multiple test administrations. The highest scores will be accepted from one, single test date. The last time to take the ACT is December 8, 2007. The last time to take the SAT is January 26, 2008. The writing portion of the ACT and/or SAT will NOT be used in determining PROMISE eligibility for the class of 2008.
  5. A student and his/her family must be legal residents of West Virginia.  Home schooled students must have been provided instruction in West Virginia for two years immediately preceding application.
  6. Applicants with a GED must have earned the GED after September 1, 2001 and within two years of the date his or her high school class would normally have graduated.  GED Students must apply for the PROMISE Scholarship within two years after he or she has taken the GED exam.
  7. Home schooled students must have earned the equivalent of a high school diploma after September 1, 2001 with a minimum score of 2500 on the GED exam.  The GED must be earned within one year of the time of completion of instruction, but not later than twenty years of age.
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