Apply for the Promise Scholarship

1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

All applicants must submit a completed 2024-25 FAFSA by the extended September 1, 2024, deadline to be eligible. A student’s FAFSA must meet the conditions for processing by the extended deadline.

For students who are unable to or having difficulty completing the 2024-2025 FAFSA, Gov. Justice has suspended the FAFSA requirement for the Promise Scholarship for the class of 2024.

Please complete the Request to Waive the 2024-2025 FAFSA for 2024-2025 Promise Eligibility. Applicants must meet all other requirements to qualify for an award.

It is strongly recommended students complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA to maximize eligibility for federal aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant. If you need assistance completing the FAFSA, please call our office at 304-558-4618 or contact or visit the financial aid office at the institution you plan to attend.

2. Promise Application

The 2024-2025 Promise Application opens October 1, 2023. The deadline to apply is extended to September 1, 2024.

You must create a West Virginia Student Aid Management (WVSAM) account, verify your email address, then log in to submit your Promise Scholarship 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 log in. Once logged in, navigate to the My Applications section, click New and select Promise Scholarship then hit Next.

Summer Promise Application

The Summer Promise application opens March 15 and has a May 15 priority deadline. Applications may be submitted after May 15 until the final June 15 deadline.

Click here for details about Summer Promise eligibility and to apply.

Promise Application Timeline

OCTOBER 1, 2023

  • The Promise application opens.

December 2023

  • The 2024-25 FAFSA opens.

MARCH 1, 2024: Promise Application and FAFSA Filing Deadline ***Extended to September 1, 2024***

  • Students must complete the Promise Scholarship Application by the extended September 1, 2024, deadline.
  • To be considered for the Promise Scholarship, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be received by the Federal Student Aid Processing Center on or before September 1, 2024, and meet the conditions for processing.

APRIL / MAY 2024
Initial award notifications are sent to Promise Scholars by their preferred method of contact, indicated on WVSAM account creation.

JUNE 2024: SAT
Last date to take the SAT to establish scholarship eligibility. Scores will not be accepted for any SAT taken after June 2024.

JULY 2024: ACT
Last date to take the ACT (national test only) to establish scholarship eligibility. Scores will not be accepted for any ACT taken after July 2024.