The Dr. Robert E. Stitzel Emergency Fund and Crisis University Tuition Waiver program was established in honor of Dr. Stitzel’s many contributions to WVU and the graduate education community.
The Stitzel Emergency Fund and Crisis University Tuition Waiver program is managed by the Office of Graduate Education and Life (OGEL) and is reserved to assist graduate students who experience an unexpected financial emergency or unanticipated extenuating circumstance causing financial hardship. This program is designed to assist graduate and professional students who cannot reasonably resolve their financial difficulty through loans or other resources.
Applicants must complete the online application. Additional documentation may be required by OGEL.
Examples of eligible emergencies include:
- Medical expenses
- Travel to/from funeral for death of a close family member or to visit a close family member who is ill
- Emergency shelter
- Safety needs
- Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, theft, or natural disaster
Examples of non-eligible expenses include:
- Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable television), household, or furniture costs not related to damage or theft
- Automobile payments or insurance
- Parking tickets
- Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel
Note that these lists are not exhaustive, and OGEL reviews emergency requests on a case-by-case basis. These lists are to remind applicants that emergency funds and University tuition crisis waivers are reserved for unexpected financial emergencies that are beyond students’ control.
Award Conditions and Amounts
- Emergency awards may considered taxable income and/or part of students’ financial aid package. Students are strongly encouraged to learn more about the federal tax guidelines for students and/or contact a tax professional for assistance and to review the most current information about WVU tax policies each year. Note that WVU offices are unable to provide individual tax advice.
- Students who are awarded a Stitzel Emergency Award are expected to send a thank-you letter to Dr. Robert E. Stitzel’s widow, Dr. Judith Stitzel (contact information will be provided in award letter from OGEL).
- Financial awards will generally not exceed $800 or 9 credits of University tuition waivers per academic year.
- An applicant’s advisor may be asked to submit a recommendation to OGEL in support of the student’s application.
- Emergency funds or cost of tuition do not have to be repaid to WVU or OGEL.
- Approved emergency requests may be issued in the form of a refund to students’ WVU student account or in the form of inter-departmental fund transfer to students’ academic department. Note that refunds may take up to one month to be released to students’ accounts.
- Applicants may be required to meet with an OGEL staff member to discuss their application.