College Foundation of West Virginia providing college planning help through text messages

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Students heading to college this fall can receive deadline reminders and get help completing college-related tasks — all through text messaging. 

The College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) is offering the service to any West Virginia student considering entering a two-year college, four-year college or career and technical program in the fall of 2016. Participating students will receive a few text messages per month reminding them of upcoming deadlines and providing information about important college-planing tasks such as applying for financial aid, registering for orientation and purchasing text books. Additionally, students can text back anytime they have questions to receive one-on-one help from a college counselor. 

To sign up, students should visit There is no cost to join, but standard text messaging rates apply. Students can cancel the service at any time. 

CFWV is a college- and career-planning outreach initiative led by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) and the West Virginia Community and Technical College System (WVCTCS), the state agencies responsible for overseeing a public agenda for higher education in West Virginia and administering services such as state-level financial aid. The text messaging project is funded by a grant from the Kresge Foundation and supported by partnerships with eight colleges: Bluefield State College, Concord University, Fairmont State University, Marshall University, Shepherd University, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, West Virginia Northern Community College and West Virginia State University.   

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