On Monday, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and Community and Technical College System announced in a news release that the deadline to apply for the West Virginia Higher Education Grant has been extended from April 15 to May 1. This grant provides eligible students with up to $2,700 per academic year to cover college expenses. Students apply for the grant by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
This extension gives students additional time to file the FAFSA due to a technology issue at the federal level. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Retrieval Tool, which allows students and parents to electronically access, review and transfer tax information required for the FAFSA, is unavailable and is estimated to be down until the fall semester.
Students who need a copy of necessary 2015 tax forms to file the FAFSA can access these forms online at www.irs.gov/transcript. A hard copy can be requested by calling 1-800-908-9946 and a transcript will be delivered to the address on record within 5-10 days.
For more information, West Virginia families and students can call the HEPC and CTCS financial aid office at 888-825-5707 or visit the state’s free college-planning website at www.cfwv.com.
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