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Hope Scholarship is the state’s education savings account program that gives parents an opportunity to build an individual learning experience that works best for their child. The scholarship allows K-12 students to receive financial assistance that can be used for tuition, fees and other expenses.

To qualify for the Hope Scholarship Program in the upcoming academic year, a student must be a West Virginia resident and be one of the following:

  • Eligible for or required to be enrolled in kindergarten
  • Enrolled full-time in public elementary or secondary school in West Virginia for an entire instructional term of the current academic year
  • Enrolled full-time and attending a public elementary or secondary school in West Virginia for at least 45 calendar days during the current instructional term at the time of application

Check out the Hope Scholarship FAQ Page.

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Have Questions? Call the school at 304.776.5020 for more information.

NEW INFORMATION!

Important Guidance for Prospective Hope Students Considering the 45-Day Rule

February 1, 2024

There have been two recent developments that may impact students enrolling in public school to become eligible for the Hope Scholarship utilizing the 45-Day Rule pathway.  See below for more information:

West Virginia Attorney General’s Opinion on Dual Enrollment

Pursuant to an interpretation by the West Virginia Attorney General (which can be found here), children may pursue nonpublic and/or homeschool educational options at the same time they are enrolled full-time in a West Virginia public education program, so long as the student is meeting the attendance and academic requirements of the public education program.

This practice is commonly referred to as dual enrollment. The Attorney General’s opinion makes it clear that West Virginia county boards of education and other West Virginia public schools, such as charter schools, cannot prohibit a student from simultaneous participation in both a public school program and a nonpublic education. If you are considering dual enrollment in conjunction with the 45-day rule, please keep in mind that to be eligible for the Hope Scholarship, the student must meet all public school enrollment requirements, must maintain at least a 90-percent attendance rate during their public school enrollment period, and must remain enrolled and attending the public school program until they receive a final decision on their Hope Scholarship application.

UPCOMING DATES:

Feb. 28, 2024: Last day to submit an application for 2023-2024.

Mar. 1, 2024: First day to submit a new application for 2024-2025.

June 8, 2024: Deadline to submit academic progress data for the 2023-2024 year to your local county superintendent. This includes enrollment verifications provided directly by nonpublic schools to the county superintendent for nonpublic school students as well as either nationally normed standardized test results or academic portfolio reviews for Individualized Instructional Plan (IIP) students.

June 15, 2024: Last day to submit a renewal application for 2024-2025 and last day to submit a new application for 100-percent scholarship funding for 2024-2025. To view the other application windows and corresponding funding amounts for 2024-2025, please visit our website at hopescholarshipwv.com.

Notice of Intent Reminder

West Virginia Code requires Hope Scholarship participants to submit a Hope Scholarship Notice of Intent (NOI) to the county superintendent of the student’s county of residence. This is a one-time requirement unless you move to a new address or change Hope Scholarship pathways (IIP versus nonpublic school).

Based on current data in the WVEIS system, over 1,300 Hope Scholarship recipients for the 2023-2024 school year have not submitted their NOI to their county board of education. Failure to submit your NOI will result in issues with the county recording your required academic progress submission at the end of the year, which could jeopardize receipt of the Hope Scholarship for the 2024-2025 school year.

If you have not submitted your NOI to your county, please do so immediately.

Did You Know?

SMART529 K-12 Tuition Options

If you have a SMART529 College Savings Account, you can spend up to $10,000 from the account on K-12 private school tuition as a qualified educational expense. Contributions to a SMART529 account result in West Virginia state tax advantages, including the ability to reduce your federal gross adjusted income by the amount contributed to a SMART529 account when determining your West Virginia Personal Income Tax.

If your child’s annual private school tuition and fees exceed the Hope Scholarship amount, contributing the difference to a SMART529 account to take advantage of these state tax benefits may be a good option for you. Please consult with your tax and investment professionals to make an informed decision. More information about SMART529 can be found at SMART529 West Virginia’s Education Savings Plan.

Your student could win big!

SMART529’s annual When I Grow Up Essay Contest is underway now and Hope Scholarship students in grades K-5 are eligible to participate. Please visit SMART529 When I Grow Up Essay Contest Official Rules for Students for more information on your child’s chance to win up to $5,000 in a SMART529 College Savings Account