Employee Emergency Fund

At UTA, we want our employees to have an opportunity to do their best each day. Sometimes, that becomes difficult due to temporary financial hardship. It is with this in mind that we have created the Employee Emergency Fund (EEF). The EEF provides short-term assistance to help bridge the financial gap by assisting employees experiencing significant financial hardship. This fund will provide eligible employees help to cover basic needs.

Temporary financial hardship means a hardship event rather than pre-existing financial concerns. A temporary financial hardship is one caused by a specific event such as but not limited to:

  • Death of a family or household member
  • Serious illness or injury
  • Loss of livable housing due to structural damages caused by fire or natural disaster.
  • Significant loss of household income affecting your ability to pay for basic needs.
  • Medical expenses resulting from an accident may qualify as an emergency.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be an active employee in a non-student role.
  • Have full or part-time continuous employment (benefits-eligible) for at least 6 months prior to the date you apply.
  • Have a temporary financial hardship because of an emergency.
  • The maximum award amount per calendar year is $1,000.
  • Have an adjusted gross income of less than $50,000 for an individual or $100,000 or less for couple filing jointly.
  • Complete the form electronically or print the form TCE-EEF-01 and complete manually. Be sure to sign and date the form to verify that the information is valid and accurate. Information provided by applicants will be treated as confidential and shared only with individuals directly involved in award administration.
  • Attached copies of all bills related to the hardship. Provide as much detail as possible when completing the application and provide supporting documentation for the financial hardship. (Suggested documentation may include, death certificate, copy of invoice/bill/receipt, letter from a doctor on letterhead, police or fire report, or any other information the applicant believes may be necessary to thoroughly evaluate the request. Any information provided is voluntary, and the applicant releases the information for review by the EEF Committee).
  • Submit completed application and supporting documentation for the financial hardship by clicking the Application button below. Applications can also be submitted in the following ways:
    • Emailed to compensation@uta.edu
    • By mail or delivered in person to:
      The Office of Talent, Culture, and Engagement
      ATTN: EEF Committee
      1225 W. Mitchell St, Suite 213
      Arlington, Texas 76019
  • Applicants may be contacted by the EEF Committee for additional information and/or missing documentation, which may delay approval of funding.
  • Applicants will be notified in writing of the EEF Committee's decision. Typically, EEF Committee's decisions are within seven working days of receiving all necessary and required information.
  • Approved requests will be paid on the next regular paycheck.
  • If an application is funded, the employee will be sent a W-9 for completion to direct deposit the award. If the employee does not have a checking account, they still need to complete the W-9 and will be contacted when a check is available for pickup. A valid picture ID will be required at the time of pickup.


Donate to the Employee Emergency Fund

Contributing to the fund is your opportunity to help other University employees! Make a charitable contribution to the Employee Emergency Fund through:

To view financial assistance information for students, please visit Student Affairs.

The EEF is made possible because of the support from the President’s Office and donations from university faculty and staff.


Office of Talent, Culture, and Engagement
J.D. Wetsel Service Center
1225 W. Mitchell St.,
Suite 212, Box 19176
Arlington, TX 76019
Phone: 817-272-5554
E-mail: AskHR@uta.edu