UI Employee Assistance Program

Campus Address
121-50 USB
Mailing Address

121 University Services Building, Suite 50
Iowa City, IA 52242-1911
United States

Email or call to schedule an appointment
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The UI Emergency Hardship Fund has been established to supports costs, of up to $1000, related to an unforeseen emergency event or crisis, resulting in a financial hardship. This fund is not intended to support on-going expenses, debts, taxes, or garnishments. 

Examples of eligible events resulting in temporary financial hardship are, but not limited to:

  • Death of a family or household member
  • Fire, natural disaster or other factor resulting in the loss of housing
  • Serious illness or injury

Temporary financial hardship means a hardship event rather than a pre-existing financial concern or obligation. Funds are limited and all requests may not be approved even though there may be a clear need for assistance. Employees separating from UI employment are ineligible.

Program Eligibility

  • 50% or greater permanent UI faculty and staff
  • 6 months or more continuous employment in a benefits-eligible position
  • Hardship event has occurred within 3 months of application date
  • Have an individual annual gross income of $55,000 (100% FTE) per year or under
  • Have not received funds through the UI Hardship Fund in the past 5 years
  • One award per household, per event

How to Request Assistance

To request assistance, please complete the workflow formThe Emergency Hardship Fund awards committee will review applications and respond within 2 weeks.

Additional questions can be emailed to or call the UI EAP at 319-335-2085.

FY23 Emergency Hardship Fund Annual Report

Emergency Hardship Fund FAQs

Yes. All applications are received by the UI Employee Assistance Program, a confidential office. All identifying information of the applicant will be removed to ensure confidentiality before it is reviewed by the award selection committee.

Part-time employees are eligible if their position meets the following criteria:

  • is a permanent position (seasonal/temporary appointments are not eligible)
  • is 50% or greater *FTE (full-time equivalent)
  • salary calculates to $55,000 or less (at 100% FTE)

Part-time employees are encouraged to speak with their HR Representative with questions about meeting this criteria.

*The calculation of full-time equivalent (FTE) is an employee's scheduled hours divided by the employer's hours for a full-time workweek. When an employer has a 40-hour workweek, employees who are scheduled to work 40 hours per week are 1.0 FTEs.

  • Significant loss of family income
  • New or additional expenses related to COVID-19
  • Death of a family member
  • Serious illness or injury
  • Fire, natural disaster or other factor resulting in the loss of housing
  • Long-standing financial issues, such as ongoing credit card debt, do not meet the temporary hardship requirement. The financial assistance can be used to cover rent, mortgage, utilities, food, childcare, medical, funeral, or other essential expenses.

The award selection committee consists of five UI employees representing UI departments, including UI Health Care.

The award selection committee reviews applications, matching eligibility criteria, with need and funds available.

Once received, applications will be responded to within two weeks. Once approved, payments will be received within 1-3 weeks.

A check will be mailed to your home address. If direct deposit is preferred, applicant can contact to set-up.

Employees can receive funds through the Emergency Hardship Fund once every 5 years.

No. Awarded funds do not need to be repaid.

Yes, awarded funds are considered taxable income.

Additional questions can be emailed to or call the UI EAP at 319-335-2085.