West Virginia State University announces new ‘Free for Eight’ tuition assistance program

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University (WVSU) has unveiled a new tuition assistance program that will make the cost of obtaining a bachelor’s degree free for West Virginia residents who meet certain requirements.

The “Free for Eight” program is open to West Virginia residents who will be incoming freshman or transfer students starting with the fall 2024 semester at the university. 

“We understand that cost is a considerable factor when deciding whether to pursue a college degree,” said WVSU President Ericke S. Cage. “Through the Free for Eight program we want to remove the financial barrier that students face and make a world class education at West Virginia State University affordable and accessible.”

The program is a last dollar in program, which means it will cover up to the total cost of tuition, mandatory fees and approved academic program fees that are not covered by other federal, state, institutional, or outside resources. 

Free for Eight is renewable for four consecutive years (eight semesters) for first-time, first year students and for two consecutive years (four semesters) for transfer students.

Eligibility Requirements Include: 

  • Undergraduate, degree-seeking student
  • Working toward a first bachelor’s degree
  • West Virginia resident
  • FAFSA completed by the published West Virginia deadline
  • Federal Pell Grant eligible
  • West Virginia Grant or Scholarship eligible
  • Enrolled full time (12 or more credit hours) in WVSU courses
  • Complete a Free for Eight Application

Awards will be made to eligible students who submit all requirements by the published priority deadline while funding remains available. 

The deadline to apply for the fall semester is June 30, 2024. 

For more information contact the WVSU Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships at (304) 204-4369 or ofa@wvstateu.edu.

More information is also available online at www.wvstateu.edu/freeforeight.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land-grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.


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