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Dependent Education Scholarship

To help even more members of the West Virginia University family realize the benefits of a WVU education, the University is excited to announce the Dependent Education Scholarship, beginning in the fall 2018 semester. 

Scholarship Details
  • Out-of-state undergraduate dependent children under age 26 may be eligible for up to the difference in in-state and out-of-state university tuition for a maximum of four years.

  • In-state undergraduate dependent children under age 26 may be eligible for up to $1,650 per academic year ($825 per semester) for a maximum of four years and with a maximum lifetime benefit of $6,600. 

  • Academic terms covered include fall, spring and summer.
  • Only one application is required per academic year.
  • Some tuition benefits may be subject to taxation. If you have questions about the tax treatment of benefits provided, please contact your personal tax consultant. Additional information about educational assistance programs in general is available in  IRS Publication 970.
    Student Eligibility 
    • Dependent children of WVU, WVU Research Corporation and University Innovation Corporation benefits-eligible employees who are enrolled as full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students. 
    • Dependent children must be under age 26 and certified as a dependent in accordance with health insurance plan guidelines.  If the dependent is not enrolled on the employee's health insurance, he/she will be asked to submit documentation to verify eligibility during application process.    
    • The student must maintain an overall or cumulative minimum 2.75 GPA.
    • The student must be enrolled at WVU Morgantown, WVU Keyser or WVU Beckley.
    • Graduating seniors requiring less than full-time but at least half-time status the semester before graduation are eligible.
    Parent Employee Eligibility
    • There is no employee length-of-service requirement.
    • Employee must be benefits-eligible.
    • If an eligible student has two parents that work for the same employer that apply, only one application will be reviewed for eligibility. Students will not be awarded the scholarship twice in one academic year.

    Special Note: The WVU Dependent Education Scholarship may not be combined with the WVU Medicine Dependent Tuition benefit. However, the WVU Dependent Education Scholarship may be coupled with the PROMISE Scholarship or other aid up to cost of attendance.  Should a student meet eligibility requirements for a dependent education scholarship from WVU, WVU Research Corporation and WVU Medicine, he/she should apply for the scholarship that is most beneficial to him/her.  

    Upcoming Application Deadlines: 

    *Dates are subject to change   
    Spring 2021 deadline - November 1, 2020
    Students who have already received the scholarship for Fall 2019 do not need to re-apply.

    APPLY NOW for Spring 2021!

    Summer 2021 deadline  - April 1, 2021 

    Students who have already received the scholarship for both Fall 2019  and Spring 2020 are not eligible.

    Fall 2021 deadline  - May 1, 2021   

    All Students interested in a Fall 2020 scholarship should complete the Fall application, regardless if the student was awarded  the scholarship in past academic years.

    • FAQ regarding Pass/Fail option for Spring 2020 and it's impact on Fall 2020 eligibility
    • Q. How would opting to take the High Pass/Fail option for spring 2020 courses impact my dependent’s tuition scholarship?  
      A. In response to COVID-19, spring semester students have the option to changing to a high pass/pass/fail grading system on a course-by-course basis, up through April 24th.  Making this change will have no impact on students receiving the scholarship for Spring 2020.  However, it may impact their future eligibility.  Students who are considering this option should look at their current overall GPA as of the end of the fall 2019 semester.  If their current GPA is below the overall 2.75 GPA required, a high pass or pass grade will not help them improve their GPA.  To be eligible for the Dependent Education Scholarship for Fall 2020, students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.75 by the end of the spring 2020 semester.  


    Contact Benefits Strategy at or (304) 293-8405.