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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about the PROMISE Scholarship

Please click on the Glossary if there are words or terms that are not familiar.  Most of these words and terms are defined in the glossary for your convenience.

A student needs to notify the Financial Aid Director at the college or university that he/she will be attending.

If a student is eligible and the family's EFC (Expected Family Contribution) is $4,000 or less, the student will be eligible for both programs.  PROMISE will pay for tuition and fees and the Grant will pay for other educational expenses.

PROMISE receives most of its funding from the video lottery.  However, in 2005 PROMISE received $10.9 million in general revenue in addition to the $27 million from video lottery.

No.  The scholarship can only be used at an in-state, accredited institution.  Please see a list of our participating institutions.

Yes.  If a student is awarded the PROMISE Scholarship he or she has two years in which to use the scholarship unless he or she is entering the military.  Please see the Deferral and Leave of Absence Policy.

Yes.  Please see the Deferral and Leave of Absence Policy.

Yes.  The PROMISE Scholarship program will accept the local grading policy of the individual schools.  If weighted grades are used at the school, we will accept weighted grades in the determination of a student's grade point average.

No.  The student needs to have an average GPA of a 3.0 in the core and overall subjects.  That does not mean that the student needs to make an A or B in every course.  The courses are averaged together to get the 3.0.

The core GPA will be computed based on all the core courses completed by the students, not just those required for graduation.  Visit our listing of core classes.

Yes.  A student may take as many college credits as he/she desires prior to college enrollment.

Those students who do not have a 3.0 GPA at the end of the seventh semester can become eligible in the eighth semester.  However, they must send an appeal letter and follow all other application and eligibility deadlines.  Please see the PROMISE Application Timeline.

The last date to take the ACT for 2008 high school graduates or 2008 GED or home schooled students is December 8, 2007; registration deadline for the December ACT is November 2, 2007. 

The last date to take the SAT for 2008 high school graduates or 2008 GED or home schooled students is January 26, 2008; registration deadline for the January SAT is December 26, 2007. 

Scores will not be accepted for any tests taken after these test dates for students applying for the 2008 PROMISE award. 

Typically students are notified in early April.

Students who are using their eighth semester classes to determine eligibility should have the school send an official transcript with BOTH the overall and core GPA listed.  It is incumbent upon the student to send a copy of his/her transcript, as PROMISE will not automatically receive one.

No.   At this time there is not a requirement to live or work in West Virginia after the PROMISE Scholar has graduated from college.

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