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The West Virginia AmeriCorps Tuition Waiver may
be offered to undergraduate and graduate students
who have completed eligible services within the state of West Virginia.

This waiver program is a new initiative. This webpage may be updated with new information as it
becomes available.

  • Students must complete a term of service in West Virginia through the AmeriCorps State,
    National, VISTA, or Senior Corps program
  • Students who have successfully completed 600 hours of service within a term or combined multiple
    terms to reach 600 hours are eligible for a one-semester waiver
  • Students who have successfully completed 1,200 hours of service within a term or combined
    multiple terms are eligible for a two-semester waiver
  • The hours of service used to qualify for these funds may not be used again to qualify for
    another offer
  • The terms of service may be completed while the student is enrolled or between semesters of

The value of the waiver for each student equals their University tuition and
University fees minus the
value of federal, state, and institutional gift aid (grants, institutional scholarships, other waivers,
etc.). The AmeriCorps Waiver is a “last dollar in” program, meaning that it applies after other gift

Please note the AmeriCorps Tuition Waiver does not cover College tuition.

Students That volunteered in the State of WV can apply by submitting an online
financialaid@bluefieldstate.edu and include the
following information:

  • A copy of the student’s acceptance of the Segal Education Award is available via their MyAmeriCorps

and ONE of the following

  • AmeriCorps VISTA Certification of Service Letter available via their MyAmeriCorps
    logged in, click on the “My Service Letter” on the left menu, enter the applicable service term,
    address where the verification is being sent, and print)
  • A completed AmeriCorps State Tuition Waiver Certification Form verifying service type (State,
    National, Senior Corps), length of service (weeks), and service state. This form can be requested
    from the service site.

Enrollment Requirement

Students must be enrolled at least Part-time (6 credit hours) to receive the AmeriCorps Waiver.

Usage Requirements

Students are limited to 8 semesters of combined usage at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The
waiver must be used within 7 years of completion of their AmeriCorps term of service.

Additional Requirements

  • Students must accept the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
  • Students must submit a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the aid year the
    waiver is requested and accept all state and federal aid, aside from student loans or Federal
    Work-Study offers
  • Students must meet satisfactory academic progress for financial aid eligibility
  • This waiver is considered a BSU institutional scholarship, Students must meet the other conditions
    for the waiver. Students enrolled less than half-time are not eligible for this waiver at any BSU

For more information and additional West Virginia AmeriCorps Tuition Waiver FAQs, please visit the
Resources for AmeriCorps Members webpage on the Volunteer WV website. The “AmeriCorps Tuition Waiver
FAQs” document can be found under the AmeriCorps Member Resources section.

I submitted my FAFSA, but I have some unsatisfied requirements. Can I still receive a waiver?

No. If you have not completed all requirements needed for federal financial aid consideration – such as
submitting documents for verification – you also will not eligible for consideration for the waiver.

Can I use hours of service I have already submitted for waiver eligibility for future waivers?

No. The semesters of waiver eligibility are based on hours of service completed. If you have completed
600 hours of service and turned them in for a one-semester waiver, the eligibility for those hours have
now been used through that one-semester waiver. More hours of service would need completed to earn more
waivers for future semesters.

How can I estimate the amount of waiver I could receive?

In the Financial Aid Information within the student’s MyBSU Account, take the University Tuition and Fees
only from the cost of attendance and subtract all federal, state, and institutional gift aid (grants,
institutional scholarships, and waivers the student is receiving). The remaining amount should be a good
estimate of eligibility. This can be impacted if other gift aid is added to your account.

Please note that AmeriCorps waivers do not cover full College Tuition. To review the details of your
University Tuition & Fees, College Tuition, and more, please log into BSU MyAccount by clicking the “PAY
YOUR BILL HERE” button in the MyBSU Account and select Account Activity under the My Account tab. Click
on the arrow to the left of the semester you would like to view to see the breakdown of tuition and fees
on the student’s account.