GET HELP WITH FINANCIAL AID offers several opportunities for students and families to call in for one-on-one FAFSA assistance over the phone during the FAFSA Q&A hotline sessions on scheduled evenings.  Additionally, students and families can also receive FAFSA assistance Monday-Friday, 8am – 5pm. A screen-share option is available so financial aid staff are able to assist with the online FAFSA form much like they would be able to do if they were in person.  To request individual FAFSA assistance, students & families can contact the Division of Financial Aid at (304) 558-4619 or

Financial Aid Links

It is best to complete the FAFSA before March 1 because of WV deadlines for state aid.  Ideally, it should be done about two weeks after you complete your income tax return.  You will be given the opportunity to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import your tax data directly into the correct blanks.  This avoids errors and automatically verifies that your entries match what you submitted to the IRS.  If taxes are not completed in time to do this before March 1, go ahead and submit the FAFSA before the deadline and use estimates for your income.  You will be given the opportunity to update the information later.  You will need to enter the JRTI school code of 008-355 so that your information will be sent to the school.

After submitting your signed FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) which will tell you what the federal government feels your family should be able to contribute toward your JRTI education (Expected family contribution or EFC). This information is usually sent to you and to the school within one to two weeks. It will also tell you what (if any) action you need to take to complete the process. Upon receipt of this information, contact our the Office of Student Services at (304) 754-7925 to make an appointment, provided you are definitely enrolling in a James Rumsey program.

Federal Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid for James Rumsey Technical Institutes’ post-secondary students is administered through the Office of Student Services. Potential students who wish to apply should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at It is not necessary to pay for this process, although some agencies will encourage you to pay them to do it for you. We have included “How to Videos” to help you understand the financial aid process. These videos were created by the department of education.

Federal Pell Grant

We participate in the federal Pell grant program, which is need-based federal aid that does not require repayment provided the program is completed satisfactorily. This grant is for full-year programs, which includes all current JRTI programs except Truck Driving and night classes (students in those programs should ask about the HEAPS grant). Students who are eligible for Pell will need to meet with the Coordinator of Student Services to complete the necessary paperwork in order to claim their grant.

Students must understand that they may only receive federal aid through one institution in any given semester. You will be asked to sign an agreement stating that you will repay the money if your grades or attendance do not meet satisfactory standards. Students who receive Pell awards will have one half of the total award credited to their JRTI account at the beginning of first semester and the remaining half at the beginning of second semester. The amount disbursed will be applied toward your tuition first. If it does not cover the entire amount, you will be expected to pay the remainder before the first day of classes. If it covers the tuition and there is money left over, you will have the opportunity to request that it be used for books, tools, uniforms, etc. Any student who still has money in their account after all of these expenditures will receive a check for the balance after he/she successfully completes 60% of the semester.

James Rumsey is a small facility and which provides certificate rather than degree programs. Therefore we are not authorized to administer federal student loans or state financial aid programs (such as PROMISE scholarships or the WVHEG grant).

Students who are interested in pursuing loans will need to meet directly with a private lender. We do not recommend any loan companies, but encourage you to check some of the local lenders (hometown banks or credit unions) as well as the larger ones. While exploring options, it is in the students’ best interest to make it clear to the loan representative that they are seeking only loans that can be directly between the student and the lender, and not administered by the school. This will save the frustration that occurs from beginning the paperwork process on government loans, only to find out that James Rumsey is not on the approved list for them.

State Financial Aid

State Financial Aid such as the PROMISE Scholarship and the WV Higher Education Grant can be administered only by degree-granting colleges therefore students who qualify for this aid are not able to claim it while attending JRTI.

Other state aid is available to many students through various offices in their home state. Examples include:

  • Students with disabilities may be eligible for funding through the state’s rehabilitation services office.
    • In West Virginia, the telephone number is (304) 267-0005.
  • Veterans of the Armed Services can check with their local veteran’s office to see if they are eligible for educational funds.
    • In West Virginia, the number is (304)263-6776. This aid may be state or federal.
  • The local employment office should be able to tell you if your chosen field is eligible for Workforce Investment Act funding.
    • This program is designed to encourage students to be trained in fields where there is a great need for more workers. In West Virginia, the phone number is (304)-267-9675.
  • Students who were laid off because their employer closed and took the jobs out of the country may be eligible for Trade Adjustment Act funding.
    • Employees at eligible companies are typically contacted by a representative before the closing occurs.


Local Scholarships

Local Scholarships are available from James Rumsey Technical Institute and many local agencies. Due dates may be as early as March 15 or as late as July 15, so inquire early.

Eastern WV Community Foundation

Harry H. Hardie-James Rumsey Scholarship Fund
Est. Scholarship: $750  
Criteria: Recipient must be a graduate of Musselman High School, accepted to attend James Rumsey Technical Institute, based on financial need. May be renewable for one additional year. Must reapply to be considered.

Millers Electric Scholarship Fund
Est. Scholarship: $400
Criteria: Recipient must be a graduate of a Berkeley County high school or GED program, planning to continue their education at James Rumsey Technical Institute seeking certification or an associate degree in Electrical or Electromechanical Technology, Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, or Culinary Arts, based on financial need. May be renewable for one additional year. Must reapply to be considered.

James Rumsey Technical Institute Scholarships

James Rumsey has provided students with several opportunities to receive scholarships. The following link will open a separate document that highlights the number of scholarships that are available to students. Please review the document and determine for which you are eligible.

Scholarship Opportunities

For the scholarships marked with an *asterisk, you can submit the JRTI Common Application. Some Scholarships have early deadlines—Don’t Wait!

Berkeley County Residents

Martinsburg Rotary*

Berkeley County Business Partners*

Miller’s Electric Scholarship 

Automated Manufacturing Technology, HVAC/R, or Culinary Arts majors only

*Submit JRTI Common Application. Some Scholarships have early deadlines—Don’t Wait!

Jefferson County Residents

Charles Town/Rotary*

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce*

*Submit JRTI Common Application. Some Scholarships have early deadlines—Don’t Wait!

Morgan County Residents

Hott Scholarship*

*Submit JRTI Common Application. Some Scholarships have early deadlines—Don’t Wait!

Hedgesville High School Seniors

Hedgesville Lions/Lyle S. Catlett Scholarship

Sherman C. Beard III Scholarship

Speak to your HHS Counselor for more information.

Martinsburg High School Seniors

James Reynolds*

Fred Jackson Scholarship

Speak to your MaHS Counselor for more information.

*Submit JRTI Common Application. Some Scholarships have early deadlines—Don’t Wait!

Musselman High School Seniors

Hardee Scholarship*

Clynt Kees Scholarship

Musselman Foundation Scholarship

Speak to your MuHS Counselor for more information.

*Submit JRTI Common Application. Some Scholarships have early deadlines—Don’t Wait!

Nursing Applicants

WV Nursing Scholarship Program for the 2022-2023

For Returning JRTI students

Quad Graphics Scholarship*

Verizon Scholarship*

*Submit JRTI Common Application. Some Scholarships have early deadlines—Don’t Wait!

For JRTI High School Program Grads

Quad Graphics Scholarship*

Verizon Scholarship*

PTA Scholarship

*Submit JRTI Common Application. Some Scholarships have early deadlines—Don’t Wait!

Automotive Technology Applicants

Automotive Technology Scholarship*

Norwalk Car Club

Contact Carla Cacicia for more information.

*Submit JRTI Common Application. Some Scholarships have early deadlines—Don’t Wait!

Culinary Arts Applicants

Various Awards

Visit WV Hospitality & Travel Association for more information.

American Culinary Federation Scholarships – $2,500 – 10 Awards (Deadline: April 30th, 2021)
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:
A) Be an exemplary student and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
B) Be currently accepted to the institution with a culinary, pastry or food service-related major.
Applications can be found by going to:
Hotsinpiller Scholarship for Law Enforcement Students
The Hotsinpiller Scholarship is for students who are planning to pursue a degree in law enforcement. Jim was a Lieutenant with Bridgeport Police Department and Derek was a Deputy United States Marshal.  So, “boots on the ground” individuals who plan on making a commitment of “Protect and Serve” will receive our first consideration.
The deadline is February 1, 2023

Download application

GED/TASC Graduates

Contact Jill S. Weekley Learning Center for more information.

PHCC Educational Foundation Scholarships – $2,500 – 56 Awards (Deadline: May 1, 2021)
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:
A) Be currently enrolled in or plan to enroll in a PHCC – approved plumbing or HVACR apprentice program
Applications can be found by going to:
For Women Women in Trucking Scholarship

Mt. Clifton Homemakers*

Soroptomist Women’s Opportunity Awards

Contact Carla Cacicia for more information.

*Submit JRTI Common Application. Some Scholarships have early deadlines—Don’t Wait!

For Any Graduate

Albert Yanni Scholarship
For high school career & technical students

Imagine Scholarship
H.S. seniors visit Imagine America Foundation

JRTI Administrative Council Scholarship
One per high school

Eastern Panhandle Bd. of Realtors
Call 876-2295 for info

Elks Scholarship
Contact Carla Cacicia for more information.

Jim Bailey Scholarship
See WV Association of Student Transportation

Mike Rowe Works Foundation

Pureland Supply
$500 scholarship

IVEY Engineering

  • $1000 biannual scholarship
  • Short essay on one of these topics:
    • Six Tips for Hiring a Building Contractor for a Commercial Project.
    • Five Types of Plumbing Repairs You Should Leave for a Professional.
    • How to Winterize an HVAC System.
Porch Skilled Trade and Technology Scholarship- $2,000 – 1 Award
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:
A) You must be 18 years or over and currently be enrolled as a high school senior and a minimum GPA of 3.4
B) Be pursueing a degree that enables you or others in your community to learn a new trade, develop skills and technology, or start a small business related to home services.
Applications can be found by going to:


CODE Wizards HQ Educational Scholarship – $2,500 – 1 Award
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:
A) Be a high school senior with at least a 3.5 GPA
B) Be planning to study in a STEM program
Application can be found by going to:



James Rumsey Technical Institute acknowledges having signed and returned the certification agreement form to the US Department of Education.  In compliance with Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, James Rumsey Technical Institute intends to use at least 50% of the funds in the form of emergency financial aid grants to students.

James Rumsey Technical Institute was notified that it will receive a total amount of $138,292 under the HEERF student portions. As of October 8, 2021, James Rumsey Technical Institute has distributed $138,292 of the student portion to students.

James Rumsey Technical Institute identified 164 students who were eligible to receive relieve funds under the HEERF CARES Act.  Students received funding based on their enrollment status.

All students at James Rumsey Technical Institute are enrolled as full-time students attending classes for 30 hours a week.  James Rumsey Technical Institute first awarded emergency grants to students who experienced the greatest disruption to their on-campus courses level.  Funding Awards began at a minimum of $843.

Institutional portion of the HEERF CARES Act funds have been used for purchasing equipment and technology to facilitate distance learning.

Notification of eligibility and checks are mailed via the U.S. Postal Service to the address on file.

Statement updated on October 10, 2022.