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WV Promise scholarship’s uncertainty causes worry

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — High school guidance counselors were left confused and worried after Brian Weingart, senior director of financial aid for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, sent them letters last week warning that the state cannot yet guarantee that funds for the Promise scholarship will be available next year.

The program’s future rests on the shoulders of a budget agreement that the Legislature has yet to reach. For now, students can’t be officially awarded the scholarship and can only be deemed Promise eligible.

For now, at least, Weingart and other HEPC officials aren’t too worried about any potential cuts to the program.

“[HEPC] Chancellor Paul Hill has been in close contact with the Legislature’s leaders, working to protect Promise and other financial aid programs. We’ve really had no indication that there is an appetite to cut Promise this year,” said Jessica Tice, the HEPC’s associate vice chancellor for communications and public affairs. “Certainly, it is one of any number of programs that people think about when they think about what they can cut…

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