Titan Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund


The Cal State University, Fullerton Titan Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund provides limited financial assistance when you are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of a temporary hardship related to a qualified disaster.

The Titan Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund was created to provide support for CSUF staff and faculty who are affected by a qualified disaster that could adversely affect them and their families as they serve the campus and our students. This fund is used to support staff and faculty where the disaster creates a temporary financial hardship. Temporary financial hardship means a hardship event rather than pre-existing financial concerns. Given the limited amount of funds, not all requests can be approved even though there may be a clear need for assistance. This fund may be insufficient in the case of widespread disasters, com­munity crises, pandemic, act of war or terrorism.

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student employed by CSUF and your primary reason for being at CSUF is to be a student, you should apply through the student emergency fund Opens in new window


Qualified disaster as described in Internal Revenue Code 139Opens in new window :

  1. a disaster which results from a terroristic or military action,
  2. federally declared disaster,
  3. a disaster which results from an accident involving a common carrier, or from any other event, which is determined by the Secretary to be of a catastrophic nature, or
  4. a disaster which is determined by an applicable Federal, State, or local authority (as determined by the Secretary) to warrant assistance from the Federal, State, or local government or agency or instrumentality thereof.



To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a current staff or faculty member.
  • 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 a qualified disaster, including COVID-19.
  • Have an adjusted gross income of less than $75,000 for an individual or $150,000 or less for couples filing jointly.
  • You must be in good standing with the university.


Award Amount

The value of the grant will range according to the needs of the individual (in some cases does not exceed $500). Awards are dependent upon available funds. Payments from the Titan Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund are processed through the Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation (CSFPF). Funds are limited and not intended to provide ongoing relief for recurring expenses. HRDI will make applications available on the HRDI website with beginning and end dates for the application period.

Applications will be reviewed by the Titan Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund committee and the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion (HRDI) or their designee.


What expenses can be covered through the emergency fund?

A temporary financial hardship is one caused by a specific event such as:

  • Personal, family, living, or funeral expenses incurred as a result of a qualified disaster.
  • Emergency temporary housing assistance which could include additional rent, security deposit, short-term hotel costs incurred to relocate, quarantine or isolate, for personal safety, etc.
  • Unexpected medical, mental health or dental costs related to the emergency and not covered by insurance.
  • Unplanned travel expenses related to the emergency to receive medical care, to self-quarantine or isolate. Examples could include airfare, car rental, bus or train fare, etc.
  • Temporary assistance with food insecurity resulting from the emergency.
  • Unplanned or additional childcare costs for staff and faculty required to work on campus during an emergency.


 What expenses are not covered by the emergency fund?

  • Items covered by insurance or other sources.
  • Nonessential items, luxury items, decorative items, and services (e.g., Netflix subscription).
  • Payments for lost income or compensation (e.g., wages, sick pay, family medical leave pay, etc.) or credit card debts.
  • Penalties, fines, parking or other tickets.
  • Non-essential expenses.
  • Expenses due to a lack of planning or overspending.


How to Apply

  1. Complete the applicationPDF File Opens in new window electronically, save or scan the application and email it to hr@fullerton.edu or mail the application and supporting materials to HRDI (College Park- CP 770).
  2. Include with the application:
    • Attach a copy of your most recent household earnings statement.
    • Copies of all bills related to the hardship. Other documentation may be requested during the application process.


Decision Process

  1. You will be notified by HRDI staff of approval or denial within seven (7) business days after your completed application and supporting documents are received. You may be contacted by HRDI staff to review the application and to discuss other resources or services.
  2. If your application is approved, the check will be sent to the address you specify. If you would prefer direct deposit, please tell the HRDI staff member who informs you of approval so that they may provide you with direct deposit forms and instructions.

Note: If your application is found to contain misleading or inaccurate information, it will be considered invalid and will not be forwarded to the selection committee.


How to Contribute

Contributing to the fund is your opportunity to help other university staff members. Click below if you would like to make a charitable contribution to The Titan Emergency Fund.


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