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Financial Assistance

 

CAmpus Resources

The HUB

  • University Resource, On-campus, Evansdale
  •    Erica LaRue

The WVU HUB is a one stop shop for all of your financial needs and questions as a student. They maintain records and provide guidance for Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Federal Work-Study. Students can engage with the HUB staff via phone, chatbot on their website, or scheduling an appointment for an in-person visit.

Student Employment

WVU utilizes Handshake to provide students with job opportunities on- and off-campus, federal work study, internships, and graduate assistantships.    

Tuition Insurance

GRADGUARD Tuition Insurance

Must be incoming or current WVU student. Helps protect student tuition in cases where the student has to withdraw from WVU. For any questions or more specific coverage details visit the website to instant message a representative or email the listed email address. 


Emergency Assistance

Campus & Community Life Emergency Funds

For All Students

  •   University Resource, On-campus, Downtown 
  •     304-293-5611

The Advocacy Center has access to emergency funds for students who fall under unexpected financial hardship. The Betty Boyd Fun and Carolyn T. Gray Student Emergency Fund shall provide financial assistance to students at West Virginia University who have encountered emergencies during the academic year. Criteria to qualify for these funds include, but are not limited to, natural disaster, health concern, change in parent or personal employment, financial hardship, money needed for unplanned trips home due to a death or illness of a family member, replacement clothing or books due to a fire or other disaster, medical emergencies or other unforeseen but urgent situations. Use of the funds shall be determined by appropriate officials in the Division of Student Life and approved by the Dean of Students. 

General Information

  • The average award amount is $500.
  • Students may receive only one Emergency Fund disbursement within an academic year, managed by Campus Life.
  • Emergency Funds are not intended for tuition and fees or standard living expenses.
  • Each Emergency Fund application will be considered on its own merits.

Processing and Disbursement

Dr. Robert E. Stitzel Emergency Fund Program

For Graduate Students 

  •   University Resource, On-campus, Downtown 
  • 304-293-7173

Emergency financial assistance for students. Requirements as follows: Must be a Graduate Student . One must exhaust all other financial and community resources before consideration. No reasonably anticipated expense will be considered a financial hardship. Students must meet with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of their enrolled academic college for assistance before consideration. Domestic students must meet with Student Financial Aid for assistance before consideration. International students must meet with Global Affairs for assistance before consideration. First year international students are not eligible for consideration as they must demonstrate sufficient financial resources for their first year of study prior to admission to the university.

Students must not have an outstanding balance on their university student account before consideration. Student must be in good standing (academic, financial, conduct) before consideration.

TRIO Student Support Services Emergency Fund

For TRIO/SSS Students

Emergency financial assistance for TRIO students. Must be in the TRIO Student Support Services Program and meet financial need for expenses as housing, household bills, groceries, textbooks, transportation and/or school supplies.


Housing-related Assistance

Christian Help

Emergency financial Assistance

  •   Public Resource, Off-campus, Downtown 
  •     304-296-0221

Vouchers are issued as pledges to vendors to avert loss of the following: shelter, electricity, heat, water/sewage, prescriptions and/or transportation to maintain health care; or to obtain personal ID or other needs to facilitate employment. Confirmation of need (e.g. account, vehicle, home owner), as well as voucher acceptance from involved vendor is required.  More resources listed in the Housing section.

Salvation Army

Rent and Utility Payment Assistance Program

  •   Public Resource, Off-campus, Downtown
  •    304-296-3525

The Rent and Utility Assistance Program is available to assist individuals in catching up on rent or utility bills once a disconnection/termination notice has been issued. Exact program eligibility requirements vary by the grant they are working with at the time, so it is best to call to inquire about requirements at the time of your need. This program is first come first served and you are only eligible to receive assistance once a year. 

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

low-income utility assistance

LIHEAP is a program offered through the WVDHHR, but acts as its own entity offers assistance to eligible low-income households with their heating and cooling energy costs, bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance, weatherization and energy-related home repairs. To qualify for this program, you must need financial assistance for home energy costs and must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is less than or equal to the amounts outlined on their website, which vary by household size. 


Financial Wellness and Literacy

Blue to Gold Financial Wellness

  •   University Resource, Online Resource

WVU Financial Wellness offers a variety of resources including videos, podcasts, budgeting tips, debt management tips, and more to help educate students on financial responsibility. Visit the website to view these videos and/or register for an account with Financial Avenue, the financial assistance website that is partnered with WVU.

Financial Support Resources

WVU Financial Support and Services lists a wide variety of resources including tips, planning, counseling, and management for financial wellness and literacy regarding student loans, debt, budgeting, and more. Visit their website if you would like to deepen your skills and learn more about financial literacy.

Money Management International

Comprehensive Financial Assistance

Money Management International is an online resource that offers financial counselors to help guide you and your financial needs. The services they offer includes but is not limited to managing student loans, repaying credit card debt, balancing income and expenses, avoiding home foreclosure, buying a home, filing for bankruptcy, understanding your credit report, understanding reverse mortgages, and recovering from a natural disaster.

Software Discounts for Students 

Information Technology Services

West Virginia University's  Software Licensing Information Center (SLIC)  offers discounted technology services to their students such as Microsoft, Adobe, EndNote, and much more. All of these programs can be downloaded to the student’s personal device. To review the comprehensive list of programs and/or download a program, visit the WVU SLIC website

Additional resources are available in our Financial Literacy Guide