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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Emory University Hardship Fund?

Where do the fund resources come from?

How can I contribute money to the fund?

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

Who is eligible to receive assistance?

What emergencies qualify as a hardship?

When will the Hardship Fund begin accepting applications?

How do I apply for assistance?

How does the application process work?

Is the program confidential?

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

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

Are donations tax-deductible?

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

Are Emory Graduate Students eligible to recieve an award from the Fund?

Does Emory Healthcare have a Hardship Fund for it's employees?


What is the Emory University Hardship Fund?

The Emory University Hardship Fund is a designed to assist staff and faculty members who are experiencing a temporary financial hardship due to a catastrophic event.  The Fund shall be funded by voluntary charitable donations provided by Emory University's faculty and staff as well as any entity wanting to assist Emory community members facing unexpected financial challenges.

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Where do the fund resources come from?

The program 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.

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How can I contribute money to the Fund?

1) Faculty, staff and other entities can pay by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or American Express) or request to be billed by making an online gift at the Campaign Emory site.

2) Faculty and staff can make a payroll deduction by contributing through the My Emory module in PeopleSoft Employee self-service.

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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.

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Who is eligible to receive assistance?

To be eligible to receive assistance from the Fund, an individual must be experiencing a hardship that, for reasons beyond their control, is causing him/her to experience significant difficulty in meeting basic living necessities and meets the following requirement:

1) 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 the Emory Standard of Conduct policy within the past twelve (12) months.

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.

Post Docs and Residents are not eligible to apply for assistance from the Fund.

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What emergencies qualify for financial assistance?

A hardship is extreme misfortune of the employee or immediate family member that, for reasons beyond their control, experience significant difficulty in meeting basic living necessities as a result of an emergency hardship. Examples of such events include the following:

1) Death in the family resulting in a significant loss of income

2) Unusual uninsured medical expenses caused by severe illness or accident

3) Uninsured losses caused by fire, crime, flood or other disasters

4) Unusual uninsured expenses for the care of a sick family member

5) Job loss of family household member due to no fault of their own

NOTE: Financial assistance is based on demonstrated need, short-term nature of the financial hardship and available funding.

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When will the Hardship Fund begin accepting applications?

We have reached our initial goal of 15,000 in donations and our now accepting applications. The Emory University Hardship Fund is entirely self-funded through donations made by the faculty and staff of Emory University. For the most recent account balance, please see the Emory University Hardship Fund balance on the program's home page.

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How do I apply for assistance?

  1. 1) Print or request an application
  2. 2) Complete all required fields and attach requested support documentation
  3. 3) Submit application and documentation to the Emory WorkLife Resource Center:
    1. a. Via fax at 404-506-9034
    2. b. By email to worklife@emory.edu
    3. c. Or by bringing it to 1599 Clifton Road in a sealed envelope addressed to the WorkLife Resource Center.

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How does the application process work?

  1. 1) Once your application is submitted to the Emory WorkLife Resource Center, the application will be prepared for the Fund Review committee, omitting any identifying information in order to preserve anonymity, and reviewed to ensure that all required information is included.
  2. 2) If your application is incomplete or needs additional information, you will be contacted by a WorkLife Resource Center representative. Financial records, billing statements, and/or estimates must be submitted as supporting documentation with the application.
  3. 3) The application is then reviewed anonymously by the Fund Review Committee, at least monthly, for a decision. This committee will consist of six (6) representatives:
    1. a. Two (2) Employee Council members (President-Elect and Past President)
    2. b. One (1) faculty member (appointed by University Senate)
    3. c. One (1) staff member from the Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)
    4. d. One (1) representative from the Employee Relations division of Human Resources
    5. e. Associate Vice President of Human Resources (non-voting)
  4. 4) The WorkLife Resource Center coordinator will then notify you of the Review Committee's decision.
  5. 5) If approved, payment is processed through the University accounts payable department with 2-3 business days.
  6. 6) There is no appeals process.

Note: The maximum award amount is $2,000 (or 10% of the available account balance) per employee per twelve month period. Final approval is subject to extent of need and the availability of funds.

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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 administration, 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 WorkLife Resource Center representative.

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

At this time the Fund does not offer a leave donation component. Currently the costs associated with leave are funded by departmental budgets and to offer a leave donation program the university would have to create a centralized leave donation pool. This would require the university to budget extra funding, which at this point in time is not feasible because of the economic stresses Emory is experiencing. However, we recognize that this would be a valuable program for faculty and staff who have a medical hardship and will revisit the idea again.

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

Credit scores are not a determining factor in awarding funds.

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Are donations tax-deductible?

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

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If someone receives an award from the Fund, are 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.

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

Emory graduate students are not eligible to recieve awards from the Emory Hardship Fund.  Emory graduate students are eligible to recieve 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.

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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 at 404-686-7100.