This Saturday: College Bound Saturday events offering free financial aid support for West Virginia students at sites statewide

CHARLESTON, WV – This Saturday, West Virginia students in the high school graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 can receive help navigating the college-planning process during the state’s first-ever “College Bound Saturday” at sites statewide. At these free workshops, students can learn more about state and federal financial aid programs, as well as get direct help filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is the first step to unlocking funds for college.

College Bound Saturday events will be held at the following locations on June 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the following locations across West Virginia. Students who file the FAFSA at these events will be entered into a drawing and could win a free computer.

  • Concord University (Athens, WV)
  • James Monroe High School (Lindside, WV)
  • Lincoln County High School (Hamlin, WV)
  • Marshall University (Huntington, WV)
  • Mid-Ohio Valley Center (Point Pleasant, WV)
  • Salem University (Salem, WV)
  • Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, WV)
  • Southern WV Community and Technical College (Mt. Gay, WV)
  • Spring Mills High School (Martinsburg, WV)
  • West Virginia University Institute of Technology (Beckley, WV)
  • West Virginia Northern Community College (Wheeling, WV)
  • West Virginia State University (Institute, WV)
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)

“West Virginia offers more than $100 million in state financial aid each year to help students and their families pay for college,” said Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker, West Virginia’s Chancellor for Higher Education. “Through our inaugural College Bound Saturday events, we want to help our state’s students learn more about how to access these funds and the programs that might be the best fit for them. The first phase is always filing the FAFSA, and we’ll be ready to help them complete that critical step – so they can stay on track for college in pursuit of their dreams.”

Students can pre-register and find more information – including a list of items to bring – at

College Bound Saturday is coordinated by the College Foundation of West Virginia, which is an initiative of West Virginia’s Higher Education Policy Commission and Community and Technical College System. Additional event partners include The Education Alliance and WV TRiO, with funding through the National College Attainment Network (NCAN).