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W.Va. PROMISE Scholarship Recipients Increase

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

  A higher education official says more West Virginia high school seniors are qualifying for the state's PROMISE scholarship.

Higher Education Policy Commission financial aid senior director Brian Weingart also says the college graduation rate of PROMISE recipients is higher than the general student body's rate.

The Charleston Gazette reports that Weingart gave lawmakers an update on the PROMISE program on Monday during legislative interim meetings.

Weingart says 10,036 students received PROMISE scholarships in the 2012-2013 academic year. That's an increase of 702 students from the 2008-2009 academic year.

Weingart also says about 71 percent of PROMISE scholars earned bachelor's degrees within six years. During the same period, about 48 percent of all students earned bachelor's degrees.

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