Visit our COVID-19 information page to learn about how our institutions are responding to the pandemic, and how changes to state financial aid program requirements will help more students qualify for programs like the PROMISE Scholarship and Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars Program.


West Virginia’s four-year public higher education system includes 12 campuses that offer vast opportunities for a high-quality education at an affordable cost. Together with these institutions and the state’s Community and Technical College System, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission is working to arm 60 percent of the Mountain State’s workforce with a formal credential beyond high school by 2030 — nearly doubling the percentage of working-age West Virginians with a postsecondary education over the next decade.

About the Higher Education Policy Commission

Comprised of a 10-member board, the Commission works with institutions on accomplishing their missions and carrying out state procedures. A source of support for institutions and students, the Commission’s work includes academic affairs, administrative services, finance and facilities, financial aid, health sciences, human resources, legal services, policy and planning, science and research, and student affairs.

Resources and Information for Students

To help students and families plan, apply, and pay for college, the Commission and its partners offer a free college- and career-planning website,

Visit CFWV to find state-level financial aid information, apply directly to West Virginia’s colleges and universities, explore careers, practice for the ACT and SAT — and more!