The deadline to apply for the Promise Scholarship in West Virginia has been extended.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission voted Thursday to extend the deadline for current high school seniors to apply for the scholarship until July 1, 2021, according to a WVHEPC news release.

The commission said applications for the scholarship were down 27% during the pandemic, which prompted Gov. Jim Justice to call for an extension past the March 1 deadline.

The state is also working to offer free ACT on-campus exams for applicants who have not yet qualified. More information can be found here.

“Our high school seniors have been working so hard to stay on track for their futures, and we want to give them every opportunity to access the support they need to continue their education,” Sarah Armstrong Tucker, West Virginia’s chancellor for higher education, said. “With this extended deadline and additional testing opportunities, we hope students and their families have greater peace of mind as they plan for college this fall.”

While the Promise application and Free Application for Federal Student Aid are due by July 1, students have until the end of August to earn qualifying ACT or SAT test scores.

The Promise Scholarship eligibility requirements for test scores remain the same for the ACT and SAT:

ACT: 22 composite score with a minimum of 20 in English, math, science, and reading.

SAT: 1100 total score with a minimum of 520 in math, and 530 in evidence-based reading and writing.

For assistance with applications, students and families are encouraged to call the state’s financial aid hotline at 877-987-7664.