WVU To Increase Financial Aid, Scholarship Money

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia University is adding two scholarships and boosting financial aid to help struggling students afford college.

The Rhododendron Scholarship offers $2,500 a year to qualifying students for four years of undergraduate education.

The Shenandoah Scholarship provides $1,000 for the first year of school, and $500 the second.

Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Brenda Thompson said the scholarships can be used to pay any college-related expense, including tuition, books and housing.

Thompson also said WVU is adding an extra $1 million to its need-based financial assistance program.

WVU's tuition rose 4 percent in 2009 to $5,304 for in-state students and $16,402 for out-of-state students.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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