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Temporary changes for Promise Scholarship, Higher Education Grant approved

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Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 11:10 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - To help students qualify for the merit-based Promise Scholarship and needs-based Higher Education Grant amid residual concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Higher Education Policy Commission have approved a number of changes.

For students in the high school graduating class of 2021, the standardized testing deadline to qualify for the Promise Scholarship has been extended from August 2021 to October 2021.

Students in the high school graduating classes of 2021 and 2022, will now qualify for super-scoring to achieve the minimum standardized testing scores necessary to qualify for the Promise Scholarship. This allows students to take their top scores from sub-sections of different ACT or SAT tests they’ve taken and combine them for a higher overall score.

For students in the high school graduating class of 2021 receiving the Promise Scholarship for the first time in 2021-22, the test score requirements have also been lowered.

  • ACT composite score – 21 (regularly 22); ACT English score – 19 (regularly 20); ACT Reading score – 19 (regularly 20); ACT Science score – 19 (regularly 20); ACT Math score – 19 (regularly 20).
  • SAT composite score – 1080 (regularly 1100); SAT Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing score – 510 (regularly 530); SAT Math score – 510 (regularly 520)

For students who received either the Higher Education Grant or the Promise Scholarship for 2020-21 and are renewing it for the 2021-22 award year, the grade point average required for renewal is waived for this upcoming award year only.

Colleges and universities statewide are continuing to offer free ACT On-Campus exams; dates and times are posted at wvhepc.edu/act-on-campus-exams/.

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