Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Hope Scholarship Program?

The Hope Scholarship Program is an education savings account (ESA) program that will allow parents and families to utilize the state portion of their education funding to tailor an individualized learning experience that works best for them.

Does my student qualify for the program?

A student is eligible for the Hope Scholarship Program if they are a resident of West Virginia and fall into one of the following categories:

  • The student is entering kindergarten for the first time.
  • The student was enrolled full time in a public elementary or secondary school program in this state the previous year.
  • The student is enrolled full time and attending a public elementary or secondary school program in this state for at least 45 days during an instructional term at the time of application.

Can my child remain enrolled full-time in public school and receive the Hope Scholarship?

Unfortunately, a child cannot remain enrolled full-time in a public elementary or secondary school program and receive the Hope Scholarship at the same time. If a child is accepted into the Hope Scholarship Program, they can no longer be enrolled full-time in public school.

Are current private school students eligible?

If a student is currently enrolled in a private school or was enrolled full time in a private school the previous academic year, the student is not eligible to participate in the Hope Scholarship Program.

However, the student could become eligible by enrolling full time and attending a public elementary or secondary school program in this state for at least 45 days at the time of application.

Are current home school students eligible?

If a student is currently being home schooled, the student is not eligible to participate in the Hope Scholarship Program.

However, the student could become eligible by enrolling full time and attending a public elementary or secondary school program in this state for at least 45 days at the time of application.

When will current non-public school students be eligible for the program?

If the participation rate of the combined number of students in the Hope Scholarship Program and students eligible who have applied to participate in the Hope Scholarship program in 2024 is less than five percent of net public school enrollment adjusted for state aid purposes for the previous school year, then, effective July 1, 2026, all students will be eligible to participate in the Hope Scholarship Program.

How much money could I receive?

Under the current School Aid Formula, each eligible student would receive $4,600 annually. This number will vary from year to year depending on the School Aid Formula.

What can families spend the money on?

  • Tuition and fees for private school, non-public online programs, or alternative education programs
  • Services provided by a public school (extracurricular, individual courses)
  • Tutoring services
  • Fees for standardized or advanced placement exams
  • Fees for preparation courses
  • Educational services and therapies
  • Supplemental materials (supplies, textbooks)
  • Transportation fees
  • Any other qualified expense as approved by the Hope Scholarship Board

When can I apply for the Hope Scholarship Program?

Currently, there is not a date for when applications will be made available. However, applications will be made available no later than March 1, 2022. The Treasurer’s Office will advertise the availability of applications at the appropriate time.

How will Hope Scholarship money be distributed and spent?

The Treasurer’s Office will contract with a third party to administer Hope Scholarship accounts electronically. Each family will have access to an account for each eligible student in their household. All purchases will be made via an ACH transaction and will be pre-approved by the Treasurer’s Office.