"Need" exists when a CU Denver Campus employee (staff or faculty) lacks resources to purchase the basic necessities of life or meet the contingencies created by an emergency situation which has caused a temporary hardship. 

A temporary financial hardship is one caused by a specific event such as, but not limited to:

  • Death of a family member or a member of the household
  • Serious illness or injury
  • Fire, natural disaster, pandemics such as COVID-19, or other extenuating circumstances that result in loss of household income, loss of housing, or changes in financial circumstances
  • Temporary financial hardship means a hardship event rather than pre-existing financial concerns. Given the limited amount of funds, all requests cannot be approved even though there may be a clear need for assistance. This fund may be insufficient in the case of widespread disasters, community crisis, pandemic, act of war or terrorism.

The following examples are types of emergencies or temporary financial hardships the EAC will consider. Each application will be reviewed on an individual basis. Upon report of such an emergency, the EAC may direct the individual to HR or local community agencies for additional services. Per university policy, situations involving harassment, discrimination, or other circumstances that are reportable under university policy will be referred to the appropriate university office. 

Acceptable situations include: 

  • Natural disaster such as a flood, fire, tornado, earthquake, hurricane, etc.
  • House fires or unusual expenses not covered by insurance
  • Serious illnesses or injuries or death that directly affect the employee
  • Reasonable and necessary personal, family, living or funeral expenses incurred as a result of a qualified disaster
  • Reasonable and necessary expenses incurred for the repair or rehabilitation of a personal residence due to a qualified disaster (a personal residence can be rented or owned)
  • Reasonable and necessary expenses incurred for the repair or replacement of the contents 
  • Medical/Dental Care - Upon recommendation by the EAC, financial assistance up to $500 may be allocated to an eligible employee as a result of extended illness, medical bills and care. Parenting or childcare emergency expenses such as day care fees or home visits by medical professionals.


The EAC will consider each case individually; however, the following are examples of circumstances or events that may not be considered emergencies:

  • Finance a leave of absence or vacation
  • Moving expenses
  • Finance a marriage, divorce, child support, or adoptions (although emergency assistance for needs arising out of a change in marital or parental status may be considered)
  • Pay income taxes or related penalties and interest
  • Debt consolidation/Attorney fees
  • Loans, bankruptcy (foreclosures)
  • Telephone (to include cellphone or internet service)
  • Cable television
  • Payment of creditors (credit cards, or non-sufficient funds) 

Questions?  Please contact: EERF@ucdenver.edu.