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Scholarships & Financial Aid

At West Virginia University, we want the best and brightest students — not just the high scorers. Hard work, determination and grit are just as important to us as tests and GPAs.

That’s why 93% of our new undergrads receive financial aid, and 68% of incoming freshmen earn scholarships. But we want every student to find their fit here.

So we’re expanding our scholarship tiers to offer even more students the opportunity to turn their passions into a lifelong purpose.

Chart of the scholarship amount available to a student based on gpa and test scores

If you are an incoming freshman and you qualify for WVU’s Scholarship of Distinction 1 or Scholarship of Distinction 2, you will also qualify for a Dean’s Level 1 award from the College of Media. This additional award is $2,000/year for West Virginia Residents and $4,000/year for Nonresidents.

If you are an incoming freshman and you qualify for WVU’s Scholarship of Distinction 3, you will also qualify for a Dean’s Level 2 award from the College of Media. This additional award is $1,500/year for West Virginia Residents and $3,000/year for Nonresidents.

Estimate your scholarships: admissions.wvu.edu/cost-and-aid/scholarship-estimate

College of Media Scholars Program

Students who are admitted to the WVU Honors College are also eligible for the College of Media Scholars Program.

Continuing Undergraduate Students

Continuing undergraduate students can apply by submitting a College of Media Scholarship Application during the spring semester. Students are notified via WVU Reed College of Media eNews about the application process, criteria and deadlines.

College of Media scholarships are awarded in the late spring and cover the upcoming academic year.

The College also offers a limited number of Student Enhancement Awards, cash awards to students who have secured major-market journalism internships or have been accepted in a journalism study-abroad programs. Awards typically range from $500 to $1,000. Complete details, deadlines and application materials are available in the application packet.

Graduate Students

Graduate students also are eligible to apply for financial aid through West Virginia University, typically in the form of loans. In addition, the College offers a limited number of merit-based graduate assistantships to students enrolled in the Master of Science in Journalism program. For more information, please contact the College’s Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Steve Urbanski at 304.293.6797 or steve.urbanski@mail.wvu.edu.