Mountain State University will lose accreditation on August 27
After learning that Mountain State University’s accreditation is being revoked, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin announced that he is trying to make sure that all possible resources are made available to any affected students and personnel.
The Higher Learning Commission announced it is revoking the school’s accreditation as of August 27.
Without accreditation, Mountain State University cannot award degrees to current students, and credits may not be transferable to an accredited school.
This will impact the university’s 3,769 enrolled students, including about 600 West Virginia veterans and 560 students who receive state financial aid.
Mountain State University has facilities in Martinsburg and Beckley.
The university can appeal the revocation of accreditation, but there is no guarantee that an appeal will be successful.
The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission is encouraging all current and prospective Mountain State University students to explore other educational opportunities.
“I will also do everything in my power to make sure there are viable opportunities for the faculty and personnel at the school,” said Senator Manchin.
“I will work in every possible way to reduce the impact on the economies of the communities in Beckley, Raleigh County, Martinsburg and the surrounding areas,” he said.
Students who receive state-level financial aid, such as a Promise Scholarship or a West Virginia Higher Education Grant, or students who are veterans and receive GI Bill Benefits, should contact the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Financial Aid by calling 1-877-987-7664.
Students with additional questions can contact Dr. Kassie Butler from the Higher Education Policy Commission by calling 304-558-0261 or emailing atkbutler@help. wvnet.edu.