What is it?

In 2014, the College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) began a pilot project to provide students with college-counseling via text message. Now, college-bound students from all over the state can sign up to receive text messages. The text messages sent to students serve as general college reminders and advice, such as key deadlines and regular check-ins to make sure students are transitioning well into college life. Students attending one of our partner institutions will receive additional messages specific to their college. Additionally, students who opt-in to the service can text at any time to have any of their college questions answered by a college professional.

Who sends the text messages?

Text messages come from CFWV, which is an initiative coordinated by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Students who attend a partner institution may receive text messages from their college. All student questions are answered by staff members from CFWV or by staff members at a partner institution.

Which colleges are partner institutions?

Partner institutions in our text messaging efforts include the following:

  • Bluefield State College
  • Concord University
  • Fairmont State University
  • Marshall University
  • Pierpont Community and Technical College
  • Potomac State College
  • Shepherd University
  • Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College
  • West Virginia Northern Community College
  • West Virginia State University

Students who opt-in to receive text messages and let us know they are attending a partner institution will receive messages directly from their college as well as reminders from CFWV.

How do I opt in?

Students who plan to attend college in the near future can opt-in to receive text messages here. Note that you can opt-out at any time.

How many messages will I receive?

CFWV usually sends out two to three text messages per month to students. If students are enrolled at a partner institution, they may receive two to three additional texts per month.