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WVU Extends Certain Financial Application Deadlines

West Virginia University's iconic Woodburn Hall - a brick building with a distinctive clock tower - on a sunny day in front of a blue sky with several clouds. In front of the building can be seen the green space Woodburn Circle, with students walking across.
WVU's Woodburn Hall
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West Virginia University is extending multiple key deadlines for incoming students following delays at the federal level for the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. 

WVU’s deadline for the financial aid FAFSA priority consideration is now April 1, moved back from March 1.

The U.S. Department of Education has been working to create a simplified version of the form, which unlocks both federal and state financial aid for students, for three years after bipartisan legislation was passed in 2021.

The new FAFSA was published at the end of last year on Dec. 31, 2023. However, the FAFSA is normally published in early October, and the new release was almost three months later than normal.

Other state colleges and universities across the country, including both the California and Pennsylvania state university systems, have also extended their deadlines for applicants.