Application and Deadline

The Promise application and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed by March 1, 2022.

Applicants who miss the deadline may be eligible for a late award to begin the following Spring term of the application year, dependent upon availability of funding. Students must apply for the scholarship within two years of graduation from high school, unless the applicant entered the United States armed services pursuant to Section 5 of the Promise Scholarship Program Rule.

Only full-time, first-year students may receive initial awards. Students already enrolled at a higher education institution are not eligible to apply except as outlined under Section 2.1.7.1 of the Promise Scholarship Program Rule.

Residency Requirements

A student must have resided in West Virginia continuously for twelve consecutive months preceding the Promise Scholarship deadline, unless member of armed services or a military dependent under Section 6 of the Promise Scholarship Program Rule.

Academic Requirements

Must complete high school graduation requirements at a West Virginia public or private high school.

Must complete at least one half of credits required for high school graduation through attendance at a public or private high school in the state of West Virginia.

  • Limited exceptions are available for students from West Virginia who commute daily to an out-of-state public or private high school and who qualify as a military dependent under Section 6 of the Promise Scholarship Program Rule.

Must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or whatever is considered a “B” average, based on county board grading policies, in both core courses AND overall coursework required for graduation by the West Virginia Department of Education.

  • Students attending private high schools must submit a grade report form to qualify. Private high school officials must verify grades were maintained through the final semester. Public School students DO NOT submit grade report forms, unless requested.
  • The Core grade point average is determined based on the grades in all core courses a student completes on the core class listing, not just those required for graduation. Click here for a complete list of high school course requirements.
  • Students using final grades to meet their eligibility are responsible for having their school send a grade report form and official transcript to our office, for consideration.
  • Applicants may qualify with sixth or seventh semester grades but must maintain the grade point average requirement through the eighth semester or the scholarship will be revoked.
  • If a student does not have a qualifying sixth or seventh semester grade point average, they must apply and have a completed FAFSA submitted by the March 1 deadline to be considered.
  • Grade point average calculations must be determined by a high school counselor or school official.
  • Weighted grades may be used based on county board grading policy.

Dual credit and other college coursework.

  • Students can take unlimited amount dual credit coursework prior to college enrollment and still be eligible for award.
  • College coursework taken in high school will count towards initial eligibility.
  • All college credits (including dual credit coursework) will be counted in the cumulative GPA calculation in determining Promise Scholarship renewal eligibility, regardless of whether the college accepts these credits.
  • Credit hours earned prior to the first fall semester of enrollment may not be counted toward the credit hour requirement in determining eligibility for award renewal. See the Promise renewal requirements tab for more information on maintaining scholarship eligibility.

2021-22 Core Course Requirement for the Promise Scholarship

Must complete the minimum core class requirements for the complete core class listing. Click here for list of Core Course Requirements.

English – 4 credits
Mathematics – 4 credits
Social Sciences – 4 credits
Natural Sciences – 3 credits

The core GPA is to be calculated using ALL core courses on this listing, according to county/school grading policy. Dual credit courses will count toward the overall and core GPA (if applicable). The Promise Scholarship will permit students to use weighted grades if the county/school policy allows the usage of weighted grades.

List of Core Course Requirements

Minimum Test Score Requirements

Must meet standardized test score criteria on ACT or SAT national test by the July test date for ACT and June test date for the SAT of the application year.

  • ACT Score requirement: 22 composite score with a minimum of 20 in English, Mathematics, Science, and Reading.
  • SAT Score requirement: total score 1100 with a 520 score in Math and 530 in Evidence Based Reading and Writing. The SAT writing portion is not included in the calculation of the composite score.

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, score requirements have been modified temporarily for students in the high school graduating class of 2021 receiving the Promise Scholarship for the first time in 2021-22 only. The test score requirements have been lowered as follows:

  • Temporary ACT composite score 21 with a minimum of 19 in English, Mathematics, Science, and Reading.*
  • Temporary SAT composite score 1080 with a minimum 510 in Math and  Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing.*

Applicants applying for 2021-22 and 2022-23 may use a superscore to achieve the minimum standardized testing scores. Superscoring allows students to take their top score from sub sections of various ACT exams dates or SAT exams date and combine them for a higher overall score. Superscores will automatically be calculated based upon the individual test scores received by our office.

Students must submit an application and FAFSA by deadline, even if they have not met the required testing scores by the March 1 deadline.

Last test dates to qualify for Promise

  • ACT- July 2022
    To report your official scores to our office use ACT Code: 4539
  • SAT- June 2022
    To report your official scores to our office use SAT Code: 3456

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to qualify for a 2021-22 award, the testing deadline has been extended through the end of October 2021.

Additional Requirements for students not graduating from a West Virginia public or private high school.

Homeschooled Applicants

Effective with the Class of 2019, homeschooled applicants must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or whatever is considered a “B” average in both core courses AND overall coursework required for graduation.

  • Homeschooled applicants must submit a Homeschooled Grade Report Form and a transcript to qualify.
  • The Core grade point average is determined based on the grades in all core courses a student completes on the core class listing, not just those required for graduation.

Must complete the minimum core class requirements.  Click here for a complete list of high school core course requirements.

  • English – 4 credits
  • Mathematics – 4 credits
  • Social Sciences – 4 credits
  • Natural Sciences – 3 credits

Home school applicants must provide documentation of home-schooled status from your county school board office. Documentation must show that you were homeschooled during the 11th and 12th grades.

Eligible Commuter Applicants Only

Eligible commuters must submit a Grade Report Form and transcript to qualify. Grade Report Forms must be submitted by a high school counselor or school official.

Eligible commuters must provide documentation from a high school counselor or school official that you commuted on a daily basis to an out of state high school.

If you are taking the ACT/SAT in a state other than West Virginia, an official score must be sent to our office.

  • To report your official scores to our office use ACT Code: 4539
    ACT Residual Test Scores are NOT permitted for the class of 2021.
  • To report your official scores to our office use SAT Code: 3456

Military Dependents/ Armed Services Members Only

Provide documentation of military status.

Military dependent applicants must submit a Grade Report Form and official transcript to qualify. Grade Report Forms must be submitted by a high school counselor or school official.

Military dependent/Armed Services Member applicants must submit verification of maintaining legal residence in West Virginia while serving in the United States armed forces while the student attended high school.

If you are taking the ACT/SAT in a state other than West Virginia, an official score must be sent to our office.

  • ACT code: 4539
  • SAT code: 3456
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