UCSF COVID-19 Relief Program

Updated September 17, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: The UCSF COVID-19 Relief Fund Program closed for applications on September 16, 2020. Applications will now be reviewed and applicants will be notified by email on the status of funds.

Due to overwhelming demand, available funds for the program have been exhausted at this time. We hope to re-open this fund for additional applications in the future.

Members of the UCSF community are encouraged to give to the UCSF COVID-19 Qualified Disaster Relief Fund, which funds the program. Your donations will ensure that the COVID-19 Relief Program can continue to operate and help members of the UCSF community in need.


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The UCSF COVID-19 Relief Program provides up to $1,000 in aid to assist those who have experienced unexpected financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.


For Employees

Applicant Eligibility Guidelines

To qualify for the UCSF COVID-19 Relief Program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UCSF employee whose total base salary or stipend is less than $75,000 annually.
    • Employees are staff, postdocs, residents, fellows, faculty and non-faculty academics.
    • For residents and fellows, your housing allowance is not part of the base salary. 
  • Have completed at least 6 months of continuous service at 50% time or greater.
  • Be able to demonstrate that COVID-19 created unforeseen financial hardship.

UCSF employees with temporary layoff status or on approved leave are eligible if they meet the above criteria.

Students seeking COVID-19 relief aid are not eligible for this program. Student Academic Affairs has established a separate Student COVID-19 Relief Program.

Eligible Expenses

Funding provided by the UCSF COVID-19 Relief Program may only be used to cover eligible expenses incurred on or after March 13, 2020. Eligible expenses include:

  • Child or Dependent Care – For example, the incremental cost of a camp or babysitter used during the pandemic because schools are closed versus the cost of before-care and after-care school programs used previously. 

  • Transportation and Parking – For example, the incremental cost of paying for a UCSF parking permit used during the pandemic versus a monthly MUNI pass and BART fare used previously.

  • Temporary Housing for Quarantine or Isolation – For example, the cost of a hotel room needed by staff to be close to a UCSF work site or for staff who are required to be in frequent direct contact with other people at work, which causes increased risk to their family members if together in one residence.  

Funds may not be used towards expenses covered by insurance or other forms of reimbursement.

Applying for COVID-19 Relief

Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. Applications can be submitted online. Please be ready to provide the following information when applying:

  • Personal information, including your UCSF employee ID number, UCPath ID number, and contact information
  • A description of your financial hardship and the expenses you’ve incurred as a result of the pandemic
  • Confirmation of your eligibility for the program
  • Attestation that you will use the funding only to cover eligible expenses, and will return any funding if expenses are paid for or reimbursed by another party.

Each household may only receive up to $1,000 per year in COVID-19 Relief Program aid.

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NOTE: Once you have entered all required fields, signed and clicked FINISH you will not receive a confirmation notification. You will receive a Completed email notification upon the final review process, which may take up to a few business days. At that point, you can open the document and review to see if it has been Approved or Not Approved. If Not Approved, a reason will be provided.

Application Review and Funding Process

The Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration has assembled a committee to review all UCSF COVID-19 Relief Program applications.

  • Committee’s goal is to provide each recipient with a meaningful amount of money while also funding as many eligible applicants as resources will allow.
  • All applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.
  • Applicants will be notified by email about the status of their application.
  • Recipients may receive a maximum of $1,000 in financial assistance from the UCSF COVID-19 Relief Program annually.
  • Funding is awarded on a case-by-case basis and is contingent upon availability of funds in the UCSF COVID-19 Relief Program account. Funding is not guaranteed to all applicants.
  • Approved funds will be paid by direct deposit if direct deposit has been set up for your regular pay, otherwise a paper check will be mailed to the home address we have on file in UCPath.

For questions about the program, please email [email protected].

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