Financial Aid

HEAPS (workforce development component)

Program Purpose and Goals
The Higher Education Adult Part-time Student (HEAPS) Grant Program is designed to encourage and enable needy West Virginians who desire to continue their education at the postsecondary level on a part-time basis, to pursue their educational goals. The object of the workforce development component of HEAPS is twofold: assisting recipients in upgrading their occupational skills and, by offering an incentive for additional education and training, to improve the workforce of West Virginia.

Student Eligibility
A person is eligible for consideration for a grant through the workforce development component of HEAPS if the person:

* Satisfactory progress for a first-time award means being accepted for enrollment by the institution the applicant plans to attend. Thereafter, satisfactory progress means continuous advancement toward completion of the program on the normal schedule established for that program.

Application Students must apply directly to the Inland Waterway Academy at Mountwest Community& Technical College. The application is checked for accuracy and then sent to the Higher Education Policy Commission Central Office. The WV HEPC then determines eligibility, and the College representative will contact the applicant to notify them of any grant funding awarded. Recipients will be selected based on the applicant’s eligibility, program of study, and the availability of funds.

Please click the link below for an application, and return it along with a copy of your most current tax return.

Application Download

Amount of Award The award for the workforce development component of HEAPS shall be no greater than the average amount charged for comparable training at West Virginia public colleges and universities or at vocational/technical schools under the jurisdiction of the Department of Education.

Total aid, including the HEAPS award, may not exceed the total cost of education as defined by the institution being attended. The current maximum HEAPS award is $2,000 per year.

Inland Waterways HEAPS Grant Contact Information
Sherri Sowards
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