West Virginia Budget Woes Delay PROMISE Scholarship Awards

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Another drawback to West Virginia’s budget problems: High schools seniors hoping to receive PROMISE scholarship are in limbo.

Media outlets report that the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has informed high school counselors that award letters for this year’s PROMISE recipients have been delayed due to stalled budget talks in the Legislature. Award letters are typically sent in April.

The Legislature didn’t pass a state budget for fiscal 2017 during the regular session. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is calling lawmakers back next week to work on it.

Policy Commission spokeswoman Jessica Tice says funds can’t be guaranteed to students that the Legislature hasn’t appropriated.

The merit-based PROMISE scholarship pays up to $4,750 for tuition and mandatory fees for any in-state student who meets grade and college entrance exam requirements.