News


State higher education systems release fall 2019 enrollment data   Recently updated !

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) and Community and Technical College System (CTCS) today released fall 2019 enrollment data for the state’s public two- and four-year postsecondary education institutions. Notably, enrollment of first-time freshmen in the state’s nine community and technical colleges increased 9.9 percent from […]


Millions in college grant dollars available if students file the FAFSA

State higher education office sets goal for 70 percent of high school seniors to complete financial aid applications CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) is aiming for at least 70 percent of high school seniors to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) […]


Veteran I.T. professional to lead West Virginia Network

Dr. Carl Powell brings more than 30 years of higher education experience to the state’s educational technology agency MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia Network (WVNET) has selected Dr. Carl Powell to serve as its next director. Powell most recently was an independent technology and management consultant and the chief […]

Dr. Powell

Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholarship Logo

West Virginia launches newest and most prestigious state college scholarship

$40,000 Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars program created to attract math, science teachers CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) recently launched the online application for its newest and most-prestigious state scholarship, which is aimed at addressing critical teacher shortages in math, science, elementary education and special education.  […]


Over 450 West Virginia schools registered to participate in “College Application and Exploration Week”

“College Application and Exploration Week” helps students explore postsecondary options and careers CHARLESTON, W.Va. – “College Application and Exploration Week” will be celebrated statewide on November 4 – 8. Students, from pre-school to adult learners, will participate in hands-on college planning activities including college application workshops, panel discussions with current […]


24 high schools recognized for performance guiding students to college

Principals, counselors receive state’s first ‘Champion of College Access and Success’ Awards CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Principals, counselors and staff from 24 high schools across West Virginia today are being recognized for their schools’ efforts to make students aware of higher education opportunities after they graduate. The inaugural “Champion of College […]


Higher Education Policy Commission reauthorizes Wheeling University through spring 2020, if school meets conditions and deadlines

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) today reauthorized Wheeling University to confer degrees through May 22, 2020, conditioned upon providing additional information that assures the school will have adequate financial backing, academic support and leadership in place through the academic year. The vote followed an […]


W.Va. public colleges and universities have lowest tuition increases in nearly a decade

South Charleston, W.Va. – Colleges in West Virginia are keeping college affordable as the lowest tuition increase in nearly a decade was reviewed by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) earlier today.  For the 2019-20 academic year, the average cost of in-state tuition at the four-year institutions will […]


Higher Education Policy Commission awards grants to place health professionals in West Virginia’s most needy areas

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) today awarded a combined $315,000 to 12 health sciences students from across West Virginia to help pay for their education.  The awards are part of the state’s Health Sciences Service Program. Since its inception, the program has provided $3.1 […]


High schools across the state to celebrate college-bound seniors during annual “College Decision Day” campaign

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – High schools across West Virginia will recognize their seniors who have committed to pursuing an education or training beyond high school. More than 50 schools have registered to participate in the College Foundation of West Virginia’s (CFWV’s) annual statewide “College Decision Day” campaign. College Decision Day events […]


W.Va. Higher Education Policy Commission receives ‘A+’ bond rating

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – S&P Global Ratings recently affirmed its ‘A+’ long-term and underlying ratings on the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (the Commission) adding, “The outlook is stable.” According to S&P Global Ratings, “The rating reflects our view of the bonds’ strong security pledge, and healthy annual and maximum […]


More West Virginia students are completing first year of college thanks to text messaging service

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Parents might complain about their children’s excessive texting.  But the 1.4 million text messages sent to young West Virginians by the College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) are communications they will probably be glad their kids are receiving. The program, Txt 4 Success, works to send timely […]


West Virginia Higher Education Grant Program celebrates 50th anniversary, having awarded nearly $760 million to West Virginia students

Presidents, students, alumni and staff members from West Virginia’s public two- and four-year colleges and universities and independent, not-for-profit institutions pose alongside legislators in the Senate and House chambers, respectively.   CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Since 1969, more than 400,000 awards have helped West Virginia students pay their college tuition, thanks to […]


News Release: Thousands of West Virginia students to explore college, career options for life after high school during statewide “College Application and Exploration Week”

Thousands of West Virginia students to explore college, career options for life after high school during statewide “College Application and Exploration Week” CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) is helping more than 100,000 students from 420 schools across the state learn about education after they graduate […]


News Release: College Foundation of West Virginia sets goal for statewide FAFSA completion

College Foundation of West Virginia sets goal for statewide FAFSA completion Statewide efforts will encourage at least 63 percent of high school seniors to file a FAFSA by April 15, 2019 CHARLESTON, W.Va. – High school students should plan now to complete college financial aid applications if they wish to […]


News Release: West Virginia students celebrate national initiative that helps them plan for life after high school

‘West Virginia GEAR UP’ assists thousands of West Virginia students with planning for an education or training beyond high school  CHARLESTON, W.Va. – This week, thousands of students in 10 West Virginia counties are celebrating a program that helps them prepare for postsecondary education. GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining […]

Governor's Proclamation

News Release: Higher Education Policy Commission seeks advisory committee members to improve primary and rural healthcare education

Higher Education Policy Commission seeks advisory committee members to improve primary and rural healthcare education Applicants and nominations sought for positions on the Division of Health Sciences’ Advisory Committee CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Health Sciences is seeking nominations of qualified individuals to […]


News Release: West Virginia’s education leaders call for doubling the number of certificates or degrees for state residents

Officials say 60 percent of West Virginians need postsecondary credentials by 2030 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia’s higher education leaders today set a goal to have 60 percent of the state’s workforce with a formal education credential beyond high school by the year 2030. That means nearly doubling the percentage […]


News Release: West Virginia educators to collaborate to improve educational outcomes during annual Student Success Summit

West Virginia educators to collaborate to improve educational outcomes during annual Student Success Summit MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – More than 440 educators from all across the education continuum are expected to convene for two days of collaboration with the goal of improving educational outcomes in West Virginia. The eighth annual Student Success Summit, which is hosted […]


Rising high school juniors to “GEAR UP” for college during annual college prep academy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – This Wednesday, more than 220 rising high school juniors are expected to arrive in Huntington, WV, to participate in a summer academy that gives students a taste of college life. The West Virginia “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs” (GEAR UP) program will host its […]


State researchers meet to highlight accomplishments and identify potential new scientific endeavors

SO. CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Approximately 50 academic researchers from West Virginia’s colleges and universities, who collectively are responsible for an economic impact on the state of $37.5 million, met in Charleston recently to report on their current work while planning for the state’s future in scientific discovery. “The scientists who […]