University of Charleston

University of Charleston


In collaboration with WorkForce WV and other business partners, the University of Charleston has launched UC Works – a scholarship and work program that enables students to earn their degree without student loan debt. Eligible students will utilize a combination of institutional, state, and federal aid programs to cover their UC undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees. Those students will be matched with a local employer for part-time paid employment during enrollment.

“UC Works, our leading-edge collaboration with Workforce WV and area business partners, is a game-changer for West Virginia students to attend and earn a University of Charleston degree,” stated Marty Roth, UC President. “This program ensures that eligible students can complete their undergraduate education without incurring student loan debt. Plus, it connects students with local employers for part-time work and internships, providing applied learning experiences and building invaluable professional networks that will serve them well beyond graduation. UC Works is a bold step towards accessible, affordable higher education with lasting career impact.”

To apply, students must be West Virginia residents and be admitted as first-time first-year students to the university. They must be an in-seat student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in specific programs in the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, or School of Health Sciences. They also must be eligible to receive federal Pell Grant, West Virginia Higher Education Grant, and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds.

The goal of part-time employment is to enhance the student’s area of study. “If you’re a Healthcare Administration and Management major, we want to match you with a role in the healthcare sector,” explained Beth Wolfe, Executive Vice President of Enrollment Management. “WorkforceWV is our key partner in matching UC Works students with employment.”

The university is currently accepting applications for the program. For more information, go to the UC website at

UC Works