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HARDSHIP FUND



HARDSHIP FUND FAQs


  • What is the Emory University Hardship Fund?

The Emory University Hardship Fund is designed to assist staff and faculty members who are experiencing a temporary financial hardship. The Fund is divided into two Tiers: Tier 1 & Tier 2. Tier 1 was established to provide financial support to Emory University staff and faculty members who are experiencing a financial hardship due to a Catastrophic Event. All regular employees who work at least 20 hours per week are eligible to apply for an award from the Fund. Tier 2 was established to provide financial support to Emory University staff and faculty members who are experiencing a financial hardship due to a temporary emergency or do not meet all criteria to receive funding from Tier 1. All regular employees who work at least 20 hours per week are eligible to apply for an award from the Fund.

  • Where do the Fund resources come from?

The Hardship Fund is funded entirely by voluntary donations from Emory University's faculty and staff as well as any entity wanting to assist Emory community members facing unexpected financial challenges. The program does not receive annual funding from the University.

  • How can I contribute money to the Fund?

Faculty and staff can contribute to the Hardship Fund in two ways: (1) Give online: Gifts to the Hardship Fund can be made online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). (2) Give through payroll deduction. To set this up, log on to Self-Service/PeopleSoft and click the "Employee Giving" tile. From there, complete the online form and click "Save."

  • What percentage of my donation goes to provide funds for those in need?

One hundred percent. All donated funds go directly to help colleagues in need as part of the Emory University Hardship Fund. No donated money is used to administer the program.

  • Who is eligible to receive assistance?

To be eligible, an applicant must meet the following requirements: (1) Be a regular faculty or staff member of Emory University; (2) Work at least 20 hours per workweek; (3) Have a minimum of one year of service; and, (4) Must not have any active disciplinary actions against him/her that resulted from violating Emory's Standards of Conduct policy within the past twelve (12) months. Post Docs and Residents are not eligible to apply for assistance from the Fund. Note: In the event an employee is unable to apply, an immediate family member of an eligible employee may apply on the employee's behalf.

  • What emergencies qualify for financial assistance?

Please review the following policies for emergencies that qualify for financial assistance: Tier 1 Policy and Tier 2 Policy. Financial assistance is based on demonstrated need, short-term nature of the financial hardship and available funding.

  • How do I apply for assistance?

Instructions on how to apply as well as an application form can be found on the How to Apply page.

  • How does the application process work?

Applications must be completed and submitted to the Human Resources Department. Requested documentation must be submitted as supporting documentation with the application. Applications are reviewed by one of the two Fund administrators to determine eligibility. Once your application has been determined eligible, then a Fund administrator will move the application forward through either the Tier 1 or Tier 2 review process. See the Tier 1 Policy and Tier 2 Policy for details about the application review process. If your application is incomplete or needs additional information, you will be contacted by a Fund administrator. There is no appeals process. NOTE: The maximum award amount is $2,000 (or 10% of the available account balance) for Tier 1 and $750.00 for Tier 2 per employee per twelve month period. Final approval is subject to extent of need and the availability of funds.

  • Is the program confidential?

All applications are confidential. Information provided by applicants will be treated as confidential and shared only with individuals directly involved in award processing and tax reporting. Award applications will be reviewed anonymously and Fund Review Committee members will not be given the individual name associated with any award application. In order to preserve anonymity, any identifying information on your application will be omitted prior to review by the Fund Review committee. If your application is incomplete or needs additional information, you will be contacted by a Human Resources staff member.

  • Will the Emory University Hardship Fund also offer a leave donation program?

At this time, the Fund does not offer a leave donation component, however, the university recognizes that this would be a valuable program for faculty and staff who have a medical hardship and may revisit the concept again in the future.

  • Will my credit score impact my ability to apply for funds?

Credit scores are not a determining factor in awarding funds.

  • Are donations tax-deductible?

Yes, donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

  • If someone receives an award from the Fund, is he/she expected to pay it back?

No, an award from the Hardship Fund is a grant, not a loan. Recipients are not required to pay back monetary awards.

  • Are Emory graduate students eligible to receive an award from the Fund?

No. Emory graduate students are not eligible to receive awards from the Emory Hardship Fund. Emory graduate students are eligible to receive awards from the Graduate Student Emergency Loan. For more information on the Graduate Student Emergency Loan please review the financial section of the Graduate Student Handbook.

  • Does Emory Healthcare have a Hardship Fund?

Yes, Emory Healthcare has an Employee Hardship Fund. To learn more about the Emory Healthcare Employee Hardship Fund, please contact the Emory Healthcare Human Resources Department.