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Upstate Employee and Student Emergency Fund

The Upstate Employee and Student Emergency Fund is a program available to provide emergency financial assistance to members of Upstate Medical University who suffer sudden, non-recurring, unplanned economic hardship due to accident, illness, loss or disaster, such as: family crisis, fire, acute illness or natural disaster.

Economic hardship: the individual cannot reasonably be expected to meet his or her current obligations and normal living expenses from current income, cash, marketable securities and conventional loans or other savings.

Emergency financial assistance provided to an individual applicant shall not exceed $599 unless the Emergency Fund determines extenuating circumstances are present. In any case, no single financial assistance provided shall exceed $1,000.  Payment will be made directly to a creditor or vendor, such as utility company or medical provider. Payment will not be made directly to the individual.  Only under rare and extenuating circumstances will gift cards/certificates be supplied directly to an individual with follow-up documentation of appropriate purchase(s) required.

See the Policy and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information on eligibility and process.

For additional questions, please contact: 

  • Employee Assistance Program Coordinator, Sarah-Lee Ritchie (464-5760),
  • Student Affairs Designee, Jennifer Welch (464-4816), or
  • Office of the President, Renae Rokicki (464-1683). 

Or  email: emergencyfund@upstate.edu