I’m sure we all began those dreadful college applications the last few months of our senior year in high school, as we counted down the days to graduation. That boring and tedious process that our parents and teachers forced us through was finally rewarded by receiving some acceptance letters in the mail–such an exciting moment for everyone involved. Ah, the memories.
So what came next? Oh, just that little part where you had to decide how in the world you would afford the tuition attached with the college you chose to attend. This can be a very stressful time for a family, and cause quite a scare for your parents, or whoever is footing the bill.
In June 2013 a small hiccup in the Mountaineer’s lives occurred. West Virginia University’s Board of Governors approved a 6 percent tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students. This added up to $183 more each semester or $366 more for the year, while students in certain programs would pay even more. Out-of-state undergraduate students tuition rose by 4 percent, or $764 more per year.
That may have seemed like a major increase to some, but West Virginia University still ranks 14th as the nation’s most affordable out-of-state tuition cost. Also, our graduate programs are nearly $10,000 cheaper compared to others in the region. WVU’s Financial Aid office provides multiple ways to help you work through tuition problems so you can better afford your education.
- Estimate Your Cost of Attendance: This estimates your tuition and fees by five simple questions. Included on this page are Undergraduate and Graduate specific charts explaining tuition and fees.
- WVU ThinkAhead Net Price Calculator: This tool helps you to better understand the estimated cost through your income tax returns, earnings statements, bank statements, investment account statements, records of untaxed income, and student merit information.
- Reduced Tuition: WVU offers reduced cost to eligible out-of-state students depending on their selected major, eligible residents of Ohio, DC, or students of Garrett College, and even senior citizens.
- Scholarships: these are gifted aids based on your academic performance, talent, or achievement offered by WVU, an academic department, or an external source that you do not have to pay back.
- Grants: WVU offers six different grants that act as a type of gift aid and do not have to be repaid. These can be federally funded or state funded and usually are based upon your need.
- Employment: Through a federal work study students can earn money working a part-time job on campus, or with participating partners. Also offered for those who don’t qualify for the federal work study is a student employment program. This program allows students to work within the University to attain funds to help pay for school.
Navigating college websites can be difficult and may seem like too much information to handle all at once. Don’t fret! Through the many options I’ve listed, WVU makes it much less stressful when deciding your future. Even more options reside on the site aimed at helping closely monitor your financial state and get you through school.