CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Higher education officials say many West Virginia high school seniors who could be eligible for financial aid for college aren't applying.
The Higher Education Policy Commission says only 42 percent have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, even though about 60 percent will eventually go to college.
Financial aid director Brian Weingart says the forms are critical to winning scholarships, and state and federal grants. He says students of every income level should apply.
The state uses the form in awarding both the need-based West Virginia Higher Education Grant and PROMISE Scholarships. The application must be done by April 16 for the grant program.
Weingart says surveys show cost is the top reason West Virginia students don't pursue higher education, so the commission is trying to encourage awareness.