The Emory University Hardship Fund is a 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).
The Emory University Hardship Fund (Tier 1) is 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.
The Emory University Hardship Fund (Tier 2) is 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.
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.
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.
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.
To be eligible an applicant must meet 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.
Please review the following tier policies for emergencies that qualify for financial assistance:
NOTE: Financial assistance is based on demonstrated need, short-term nature of the financial hardship and available funding.
1) Print or request an application
2) Complete all required fields and attach requested support documentation
3) Submit application and documentation to the Emory WorkLife Resource Center:
a. Via fax at 404-506-9034
b. By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
c. Or by bringing it to 1599 Clifton Road in a sealed envelope addressed to the WorkLife Resource Center.
1) Applications must be completed and submitted to the Work-Life Resource Center (WLRC). Requested documentation must be submitted as supporting documentation with the application.
2) Applications are reviewed by one of the two Fund administrators to determine eligibility.
3) 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 Tier 1 and Tier 2 policies for individual tier application review process.
4) If your application is incomplete or needs additional information, you will be contacted by a Fund administrator.
5) 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.
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 WorkLife Resource Center representative.
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.
Credit scores are not a determining factor in awarding funds.
Yes, donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.
No, an award from the Hardship Fund is a grant, not a loan. Recipients are not required to pay back monetary awards.
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.
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.