Changes to the Promise Scholarship Requirements have been approved by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC) for the class of 2022 and 2023. For 2022 and 2023 Promise applicants, the test score requirements have been lowered as follows:
• ACT Minimum Requirement
o ACT composite score - 21 (previously 22)
o ACT English score - 19 (previously 20)
o ACT Reading score - 19 (previously 20)
o ACT Science score - 19 (previously 20)
o ACT Math score - 19 (previously 20)
• SAT Minimum Requirement
o SAT composite score - 1080 (previously 1100)
o SAT Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing score - 510 (previously 530)
o SAT Math score - 510 (previously 520)
o Applicants may use a superscore to achieve the minimum test score requirement on either format. Superscoring allows students to take their top score from subsections of various ACT or SAT exam dates and combine them for a higher overall score. Superscores will automatically be calculated based on the individual test scores received by our office.
• Only one qualifying score is required on either the ACT or SAT, not both.
o Applicants have until July 2022 to achieve an eligible test score but still need to meet the March 1 deadline for the Promise application and FAFSA to qualify for a fall 2022 award, whether they currently have a qualifying ACT or SAT score or not.
• All other eligibility requirements remain in place and can be reviewed on the collegeforwv.com website.
WVHEPC receives ACT/SAT official scores automatically for all students taking the test in WV however, there is delay in receipt of scores. Official scores must be received for a student to be awarded. Applicants may use our reporting codes when registering for the exam or pay a fee to have the scores sent electronically after the test for official scores to be received sooner so their award is not delayed. SAT Code: 3456 ACT Code: 4539. Please have students send individual test scores not a superscore report when requesting official scores be sent to our office.
2022 Applicants will be notified of these changes through email and text message, if a cell phone was provided on the application. Parents will also be notified if an email is available. We are working on a graphic to share via social media on https://thesocialpresskit.com/... that will be available by the end of this week.
Contact Promise@wvhepc.edu or (304)558-4618 if you have questions.