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CU FREE Helps WV Students Bridge the Gap to Free Tuition

Lindsey Byars
Concord University Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

After 4 p.m.
Cell: 304-887-6816 (leave message)

ATHENS, W.Va. – West Virginia residents who are Pell eligible and have a high school GPA of 3.0 can get a four-year degree from Concord University tuition free.

For the 2019-2020 school year, incoming freshmen, current students, and even students who would like to transfer to Concord can receive the new CU FREE tuition scholarship. Thanks to West Virginia legislators’ reinstatement of higher education funding this year, Concord is able to bridge the financial gap between federal, state and private financial aid awards and the total cost of tuition.

Other than being a West Virginia resident with a 3.0 GPA, the FASFA must have been submitted before April 15 of this year. For transfer students to receive this scholarship, they must also have a college GPA of 2.75.

No need to worry about additional paperwork. The Concord University admissions and financial aid offices will apply the CU FREE scholarship to those students who qualify.

Students must be enrolled full time every semester to continue to receive the award. These semesters must be consecutive, not to exceed eight semesters. The number of semesters for transfer students will be determined by transferable credits. This does not include summer terms. All recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA to keep their CU FREE award. 

“West Virginia students need to know that they can get a four-year degree tuition free from Concord University,” says President Kendra Boggess. “Concord is committed to helping our residents overcome financial adversity to achieve their educational goals.”

For more information on Concord University’s latest scholarship endeavor, visit our website at


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Marshall University brings Graduate Admissions to the Erma Byrd Center!  Dawn Surbaugh, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, will be at the Center every Thursday from 8:30 to 4:30 pm.  Her contact information is (304) 746-1906 and her email is  Marshall University offers online and hybrid graduate degree programs ranging from a certificate up to and including a doctoral degree that can be completed anytime and anywhere including the Erma Byrd Center!  Click here for a complete listing of program offerings.  To view and download flyer click here.




To view and download the list of negotiated discounts for students, faculty and staff, attending or working at a residential college in The Erma Byrd Higher Education Center Complex (i.e., Bluefield State College, Concord University, Marshall University, or New River Community and Technical College, please click here


To view and download college discounts negotiated by The Beckley Raleigh-County Chamber of Commerce for students, faculty, and staff attending any college or university in the Beckley area, please click here.  Both lists are different so be sure to download both lists to show your ID and start saving NOW!




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