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Take essential steps to learn what to expect from college.

Get Prepared

The road to college can be windy and leave 

many people lost, but WVU Extension is here to help.

Preparing for college can be difficult and stressful. There are so many moving parts – from finding and applying for scholarships to choosing a major – it can be hard to know where to start. WVU Extension and 4-H offer many opportunities and resources for youths and students to prepare for higher education. Feeling ready for this big step in life can be tough, but we are here to help. Part of our mission is to help youths prepare for their futures.

WVU Extension Recruitment Director, Rachel Meininger is dedicated to this mission. She offers one-on-one student prep sessions, scholarship and financial aid assistance, campus tours, help with the application process, visits to 4-H camps and events, as well as answering any questions you may have about college and WVU. 

Get prepared.

Essential steps to learning what to expect from college

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Campuses

WVU has three campuses across the state, including WVU Morgantown, WVU Tech in Beckley, and Potomac State College in Keyser. Each campus offers different programs and experiences to fit the needs of any prospective student. WVU has a singular mission across the whole state: to provide quality and affordable education no matter who you are. 

WVU Campuses
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4-H Scholarships

WVU Extension and 4-H have several scholarships available to provide financial aid to students each year. Some require 4-H participation while others do not.

Applications for these scholarships are always due on March 31. To be eligible, students must reapply each year. 

List of Scholarships
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FAFSA and Promise

The Promise Scholarship is a great resource for West Virginia residents. It awards up to $4,750 to cover tuition and fees. To be eligible, students must have filled out the  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be tricky if it's your first experience, but WVU has resources made to help answer any questions.  

WVU Financial Aid Hub
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How to Choose a Major

Choosing a major or career pathway can be one of the most daunting parts of starting college. WVU offers tools to help find your passions and help determine your path through college. 

The Focus2 is an assessment to help you determine what majors and careers align with your personality and interests. 

Focus2 Assessment
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CFWV

CFWV stands for College for West Virginia, which is a useful platform for many college-related resources. There is information specific to middle school, high school and college students, as well as parents of students and adults who want to go back to school. The site includes planning tips for financial aid, college, careers and beyond.

CFWV
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Collegiate 4-H

Collegiate 4-H is open to all college students who wish to support youths and the West Virginia 4-H program. It is not necessary to have prior 4-H experience—you only need to have an interest in the ideals of 4-H and in serving your community. Several colleges and universities in West Virginia have active Collegiate 4-H Clubs. To learn more, contact the state 4-H office at 304-239-5871. 

Connect with WVU 4-H
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Recruiter Contact Info

The WVU Extension recruiter is the contact point for any questions related to getting ready for college. Our recruiter, Rachel Meininger, works to create a better bridge to the university for incoming students. To contact Rachel or schedule a tour:

Phone: 304-293-5871

Rachel.Meininger@mail.wvu.edu

Contact Rachel
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Cost Estimation

WVU has a convenient tool to estimate the cost of attendance based on location and the selected degree program. Tuition rates differ for West Virginia residents and non-residents, which is determined by credit hour. An estimate of the tuition cost can make it easier to know what financial aid and scholarships you may want to apply for. 

Cost Estimation Tool