April 15 deadline for Higher Education Grant Program approaching; award amount increased for next year

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and Community and Technical College System remind students that April 15 is the deadline to apply for the Higher Education Grant Program (HEGP), the state’s need-based financial aid program. The Commission recently voted to increase the award, which helps cover the cost of tuition and fees at two- and four-year colleges and universities, to $3,300 for the 2023-24 school year. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the only application required to be considered for the grant, can be completed online at fafsa.gov.

“The Higher Education Grant is a lifeline for many of our students,” said Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker, West Virginia’s Chancellor of Higher Education. “Those who qualify for both the HEGP and Promise Scholarship are in a strong position to leave college debt-free.”

“Anyone planning to enroll in college within the next 12 months should file the FAFSA to see if they are eligible for the HEGP,” Chancellor Tucker said, “and that includes older first-time students or adults returning to college to retrain.”

More information about the Higher Education Grant Program is available at collegeforwv.com/programs/wv-higher-education-grant/. The FAFSA is free and available through the U.S. Department of Education at fafsa.gov.

For assistance filing the FAFSA, students and families are encouraged to call the state’s financial aid hotline at 877-987-7664. Students are also encouraged to sign up for West Virginia’s text-message college counseling program, “Txt 4 Success,” by visiting cfwvconnect.com/txt-4-success/.