An Investment in Your Future – Financial Aid is Available for Those Who Qualify
Education and career training is one of the most valuable investments you can make. Many students require financial assistance and at Valley College, Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Valley College’s experienced Financial Aid Advisors will assist and support you every step of the way through the application process.
Valley College is proud to offer the following financial aid opportunities to qualified applicants:
Federal Student Aid
- Federal Pell Grants: Students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may qualify for government funding in the form of a need-based Federal Pell Grant. Unlike loans, Pell Grants do not have to be repaid. The amount a student is awarded depends on financial need, costs of attendance, full-time or part-time enrollment, and length of academic study.
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Program: A priority is given to Pell Grant recipients with the lowest EFCs. Valley College awards eligible students between $100 (one hundred dollars) to $4000 (four thousand dollars) a year depending on their need and the availability of funds at the school. This program is a campus-based program available only to students who do not have a bachelor’s degree.
- William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program offers different types of Direct Loans:
- Direct Stafford Loans – Subsidized: Subsidized loans are awarded based on financial needs. The government pays the interest while a student is still enrolled in school. Interest is only charged once repayment begins.
- Direct Stafford Loans – Unsubsidized: Unsubsidized loans accrue interest from the time of disbursement until the loan is paid in full. A student’s financial need is not a determining factor in obtaining an unsubsidized loan.
- Direct Plus Loans: Loans parents can obtain to help pay the cost of education for their dependent undergraduate children.
- Federal Work Study (FWS) Program: The Federal Work Study Program provides jobs for eligible student to earn funds to pay a portion of their educational expenses. Valley College will announce FWS work study positions to eligible students. The salary is generally current minimum wage. The number of hours is based on the financial need demonstrated by the student, the number of hours it is possible for the student to work and the availability of FWS funds available at Valley College. The Financial Aid office oversees this program.
West Virginia Student Aid
- HEAPS Grant (Higher Education for Adult Part Time Students grant): Students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may qualify for State of West Virginia funding in the form of a need-based HEAPS Grant. Unlike loans, HEAPS Grants do not have to be repaid. The amount a student is awarded depends on financial need, costs of attendance, full-time or part-time enrollment, and length of academic study. HEAPS funding is awarded on a first-come, first serve basis. The application process begins July 1st of every award year and is only for certificate/diploma programs which meet in demand criteria as determined annually by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Contact the Valley College Financial Aid office for more information.
- HEGP Grant (Higher Education Grant Program grant): Students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the respective due date every year may qualify for State of West Virginia funding in the form of a need-based HEGP grant. Unlike loans, HEGP grants do not have to be repaid. The amount a student is awarded depends on financial need, costs of attendance, full-time or part-time enrollment, and length of academic study. HEGP may be used for diploma or degree programs.
- WORKFORCE (WIOA)/TAA: The State of West Virginia WorkForce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) offices facilitate the administration and awarding of aid for those who qualify. WIOA programs must be qualified under the demand occupation list provided by the local WorkForce office. TAA is for anyone whose job has been moved overseas. This is the Trade Adjustment Assistance.
- Vocational Rehabilitation: The State of West Virginia Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices facilitate the administration and awarding of aid for those who qualify.
Institutional Scholarships and Grants
The available institutional scholarships and grants available at Valley College are listed below. The Valley College Student catalog (located at https://www.valley.edu/catalog/) provides more information such as the application and awarding process. Or you may contact the Financial Aid Advisor at your nearest campus.
An applicant must meet the requirements of the relevant scholarship, complete and submit an application, and be interviewed by Valley College’s staff to determine eligibility. Students enrolled at Valley College-Beckley, Valley College-Martinsburg (including online) and Valley College – Princeton may be eligible for the scholarships with the designation (WV). Students enrolled at the Valley College-Cleveland (including online) may be eligible for the scholarships or grants with the designation (Ohio).
- Valley College High School Scholarship (WV)
- Valley College Step-Up Associate Scholarship (WV)
- Valley College Step-Up Bachelor Scholarship (WV)
- Valley College Cybersecurity Senior Scholarship (WV)
- Valley College Business Administration or Health Services Administration Senior Scholarship (WV)
- Valley College – UMWA/DMIW (Displaced Mining Industry Workers) Scholarship (WV)
- Valley College CNA Continuing Education Scholarship (WV)
- Valley College High School Institutional Grant (Ohio)
- Valley College Step-Up Institutional Grant (Ohio)
- Valley College Community Enhancement Grant (Ohio)
- OMACCS Scholarship (Ohio)
Veterans Administration Benefits
If you or someone you care about has questions about Financial Aid, programs or anything else, please call the campus nearest you to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable Advisor.