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About 200 fewer first time PROMISE scholarship recipients are enrolled at West Virginia's college and universities this fall.

Higher Education Policy Commission data show there are 3,104 new PROMISE students attending classes. That's the lowest level in four years.

Commission Chancellor Paul Hill tells the Charleston Daily Mail that several factors contributed to the decline. They include the total number of high school seniors, high school graduation rates, college-going rates and academic preparedness.

A total 9,769 PROMISE scholars are enrolled this fall, down by about 50 from last year.

The scholarship pays $4,750 of tuition for in-state students who maintained a B average in high school and scored at least a 22 composite on the ACT. Students must maintain a 3.0 average in college to keep the scholarship.

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