Application fee waivers
Any applicant to a WVU graduate program who completed the McNair Scholars Program at a participating institution is eligible for a waiver of the application fee. More information is available from the McNair Scholars Program website.
Graduate tuition waivers
A limited number of waivers of graduate tuition are available to McNair Scholars who completed undergraduate degrees at Concord University (or its partnering McNair HBCU institutions, including Bluefield State College and West Virginia State University) or West Virginia University. Information on graduate tuition waivers for students who completed the McNair Scholars program at Concord University is available from the Concord University McNair Scholars Office.
- The mission of the McNair Scholars Program is to prepare students from underrepresented and first-generation groups for doctoral study and academic careers. Therefore, University tuition waivers are only available for degree-seeking students in on-campus Ph.D. programs or master’s programs that prepare students for entry to Ph.D. programs. A list of approved master’s programs at WVU is provided below.
Waivers cover University
tuition only. Students are responsible for paying College tuition and
University fees, although some schools and colleges will provide a
College tuition scholarship to McNair students, but students will
need to request consideration for such a scholarship from the appropriate
Note that some WVU graduate programs may not allow students to
use waivers, and it is students’ responsibility to determine if their
program will accept a University tuition waiver from the Office of
Graduate Education and Life.
Students may receive
waivers only for courses that meet requirements for the program in which
they are enrolled. Students enrolled in at least 9 credit hours per
regular (fall, spring) term or 6 credit hours per summer term that meet
degree requirements may enroll in additional electives if they wish.
Students are eligible to
receive waivers through this program for a maximum of 4 regular terms and
1 summer term regardless of full-time or part-time status. Of this
maximum, no more than 2 regular terms and 1 summer term of tuition waivers
can be received while enrolled in a master’s program. Continuous
enrollment or waiver use is not required; students may use the allotted
waivers at any time during their pursuit of an approved master’s and/or
Students must be in good
standing in their programs, including maintaining a minimum graduate GPA of
3.0, in order to receive waivers through this program.
must be accepted in an approved graduate program (see list below) at the time
they submit an application for McNair waivers.
applying for waivers for the first time must submit the online application form at least 1 month
prior to the beginning of the first term for which they are requesting
waivers. These students must include a McNair Scholar Verification letter
from the Director of the Concord or WVU McNair Scholars Program
with their application. In addition, first-time applicants must include a
statement of their educational and professional goals. Waivers are only
granted to students whose goals are consistent with the McNair Scholars program.
Students who have
previously received waivers through this program must submit the
online application form at least 1 month
prior to the beginning of each term for which additional waivers (within
the limits noted above) are requested.
Approved WVU programs for McNair waivers
All Ph.D. programs are approved for the WVU McNair waiver program. The master’s programs listed below are also approved. Other master’s programs may be considered if the applicant’s intent is to complete a Ph.D. program and pursue an academic career.
Resource Economics (MS)
Extension Education (MS)
Animal and Nutritional
Plant and Soil Sciences
Recreation, Parks, and
Tourism Resources (MS)
Wildlife and Fisheries
Political Science (MA)
All areas of Engineering