West Virginia’s Promise program is a merit-based financial aid program for West Virginia residents which requires both a minimum high school GPA and a minimum test score for basic eligibility. For the high school GPA requirements, students must graduate with at least a 3.0 GPA in both the core courses and overall coursework. In addition, applicants must meet the following test requirements. For the ACT, the minimum is a 22 composite score with at least a 20 in English, Mathematics, Science and Reading. SAT takers are required to have a combined score of 1020 with minimums of 480 in Mathematics and 490 in Critical Reading.
Eligible high school graduates will receive annual awards up to $4,750 to cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees at public or independent institutions in West Virginia. More than 10,000 students are currently receiving Promise benefits.