Associated Press Published

West Virginia College to Offer Certain Students Free Tuition

Bluefield State College

Eligible West Virginia students could receive free tuition at Bluefield State College this fall.

News outlets report the college announced Tuesday that over a dozen programs classified as “high-skilled, high-demand” would begin offering free tuition.

Qualifying students can be incoming, current or transferring state residents that are Pell grant eligible and have completed their Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Students must also maintain a 2.0 grade point average. Programs that will accept free tuition students include engineering, computer science, nursing, business, education and criminal justice.

College officials said more than 70% of Bluefield State’s students could be eligible.

Bluefield State’s website shows nondiscounted tuition can be almost $4,000 for residents and $7,000 for out of state students.

Bluefield State is a public, historically black college in southwestern West Virginia.