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.
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:
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.
If a student is currently being home schooled, the student is not eligible to participate in the Hope Scholarship 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.
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.
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.
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.
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West Virginia State Treasurer's Office
1900 Kanawha Boulevard
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Charleston, West Virginia 25305
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