Community Financial Resources

The University of Arizona recognizes that many employees may currently be facing financial hardships.

In addition to the resources below, websites such as Arizona Together, the Arizona Department of Economic Security, and 211 Arizona offer information related to utility, financial, health care, legal, and housing assistance.

Strengthen your financial game plan by meeting one-on-one with a financial adviser, or watching on-demand financial planning webinars. Visit the Life & Work Connections Financial Literacy section for contact information, videos, and more.

Learn more about supporting yourself and your family at the Support and Resiliency Hub.

Employee Emergency Fund

"The University of Arizona community has a long history of demonstrating compassion for its members and for providing generous donations to colleagues in need. Employees Helping Employees is a financial assistance program to aid our benefit-eligible workforce who face temporary hardship as a result of unexpected emergency expenses."

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

"As part of the University’s efforts to assist employees during this time and to comply with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the University is supplementing its current Sick Time and Family Medical Leave Act policies. Eligible employees may take the leaves described on this page beginning April 1, 2020."

We Are One | Somos Uno Resiliency Funds

"The mayor and Tucson City Council approved using federal CARES Act funding to provide additional resources to the already-established We Are One | Somos Uno grant programs. ... Businesses and individuals who are still experiencing financial hardships due to the pandemic will have the opportunity to apply for these grants through the partner community organizations that are administering these funds."

Department of Economic Security Food Assistance

“Food assistance programs available through the Department of Economic Security (DES) and its community partners increase food security and reduce hunger by providing children, low-income individuals, and seniors with access to nutritious food.”

Arizona Food Bank Network

“Welcome to Arizona’s largest database of food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other organizations that distribute emergency food.”

Campus Pantry

“The goal of the University of Arizona Campus Pantry is to reduce food insecurity in our Wildcat community. At our distribution events, students and staff can grab important food staples at no cost. All you need is your CatCard!”

Arizona Job Connection Resume Builder

"Log in to the Arizona Job Connection website to:

  • Create and build your resume.
  • Search job openings.
  • Get matched with hiring employers near you." 

Department of Economic Security Resources for Job Seekers

Includes job bank, career and skill assessment, free online training, and special assistance for veterans, disabled workers, mature workers, youth, and nutritional assistance recipients.

Federal Housing Finance Agency

“We have gathered resources and information below, including the latest actions by FHFA, that provide guidance for lenders, servicers and others who directly assist homeowners and renters adversely impacted by COVID-19.”

Arizona Department of Housing

“The first step renters should take if they are concerned about paying their rent or facing eviction is to contact their on-site manager or lease agent by phone or email right away to let them know if you may need rental assistance or a payment plan for your next monthly rental payment. Early communication with residents and managers allows for more time to respond and explore all options.”

Arizona Department of Economic Security Short-Term Crisis Services

“Short-Term Crisis Services (STCS) Program provides temporary assistance to low-income families experiencing an emergency need that cannot be met immediately by their own income, and resources to help stabilize an immediate financial crisis. A dependent child must live in the home.”

Arizona Caregiver Coalition

"The Arizona Caregiver Coalition (ACC) administers the Adult Day Health Center (ADHC) Respite program. Our program offers respite at no cost to those caregivers who have never received aid from any federal program. Adult Day Health Centers provide a safe and learning environment for your loved one."

Federal Student Aid

"If you’re in a short-term financial bind, you may qualify for a deferment or a forbearance. With either of these options, you can temporarily suspend your payments."

Unemployment Insurance Under CARES Act

“On March 27, 2020, Congress passed a federal stimulus package known as the CARES Act. This legislation makes a number of changes to Unemployment Insurance eligibility and benefits …”

Eligibility for Unemployment Insurance Benefits

“You must meet specific requirements for wages earned or time worked during an established period of time, be determined to be unemployed through no fault of your own (determined under state law) and meet other eligibility requirements to qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits.”   

How to Apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits (PDF)

"Applicants can apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits online at ​ anytime between 12:00am on Sunday through 6:00pm on Friday. Individuals without an internet connection can call 1 (877) 600-2722 to submit an application telephonically."

The University can also help answer some questions about the unemployment process. Please contact Human Resources for more information.

The information provided above is for informational purposes only. The content found on these external websites is believed to be accurate, but cannot be guaranteed.