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W.Va. to provide financial aid to record number of students

July 02, 1998

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Higher Education Grant Program, the state's primary student aid program, is notifying about 9,200 needy West Virginia students of their eligibility for state grant assistance for the 1998-99 academic year. The recipient total represents the highest number of students offered assistance in the program's 30-year history.

"The importance of this program to West Virginia students cannot be overstated," said State College System Chancellor Clifford M. Trump. "A total of 143,096 awards have been made to qualified recipients since the program began 30 years ago. The average grant of approximately $1,430 fills an important component of the overall financial aid package for many students and helps to maintain a reasonable balance between grant and loan aid for those with substantial financial need."

Grant recipients are required to meet designated financial need and academic performance standards and to be a full-time student at a nonprofit degree-granting college or university in West Virginia or Pennsylvania.

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The continued growth in the number of students assisted is the result of increased funding brought about by the Higher Education Advocacy Team recommendations adopted by the Legislature in 1993. The legislation encouraged a five-year funding improvement plan for the grant program.

"This is an important contribution by the Legislature and the governor to our ongoing efforts to increase the state's college-going rate," said University System Chancellor Charles Manning. "The grant program plays an important role in offsetting tuition and fees paid by West Virginia college and university students who receive grant assistance."

The $1.1 million increase in state funds for 1998-99 is the fifth consecutive year of funding growth and brings the total funding for grant program awards to $13.3 million.

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