Apply for the HEAPS Workforce Grant

To apply, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and HEAPS Workforce application.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis beginning July 1. Funding is limited and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

All applicants must complete the FAFSA at studentaid.gov/fafsa as soon as possible.

For students who are unable to or having difficulty completing the 2024-2025 FAFSA, Gov. Justice has suspended the FAFSA requirement for HEAPS workforce for the 2024-25 academic year.

If a student completed a 2023-24 FAFSA and qualifies, they will receive the award for the fall 2024 semester. If they don’t have a 2023-24 FAFSA on file but are eligible for one of the following programs through the West Virginia Department of Human Services (DoHS or West Virginia Department of Health (DH), they can show their Department eligibility letter to their higher education institution’s financial aid office to receive HEAPS Workforce:


  • SNAP
  • TANF
  • Medicaid
  • CHIP
  • Child Care Subsidy Program


  • WIC

If a student or their family needs a replacement DoHS or DH eligibility letter, they can call 877-716-1212 to request a new one.

Students must still meet all eligiblity requirements to qualify to receive the award.

2. HEAPS Workforce Application

The HEAPS Workforce application opens July 1 each year.

To apply, you must log into your WVSAM* account by clicking the button below then entering your username and password. Once logged in, scroll down to My Applications and click new to select and start your application.

*If you do not have a WVSAM Account, you will need to create one. After creating the account, you will be sent an email (may be in your junk/spam) with a link to create your password then to log in. Once logged in, navigate to the My Applications section, click New and select HEAPS Workforce Grant then hit Next.