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The Emergency Loan Program was established to provide University employees with an alternative to borrow money for short-term emergency situations.

Examples of situations warranting the use of an emergency loan, may include, but are not limited to: a family medical emergency, threatened foreclosure or eviction from a primary residence, emergency automobile repairs, or termination of utilities.

Permanent EHRA or SHRA employees employed with UNC Chapel Hill with at least 12-months of continuous university service are eligible to apply for an interest free loan of no more than $500. Temporary employees, UNC Healthcare employees and UNC System Office employees are NOT eligible for an emergency loan through UNC Chapel Hill.

Only one loan will be issued to an employee during a 12-month period. The 12 month period begins on the date the employee receives payment from Disbursement Services. There must have been no previous emergency loans or outstanding loan balances in the previous 12 month period prior to applying for a loan.

Employees who need to apply for an emergency loan must submit an Emergency Loan Request & Authorization for Payroll Deduction form along with supporting documentation. These could include past due medical bills, past due mortgage/rental statement, emergency car repair bill, or past due utility statements that are less than 30 days old. The documentation should indicate a past due status. In signing the loan request form, the employee is affirming there are no other resources available for financial assistance, including his/her lending institution.

Loan requests are reviewed by the Benefits & Leave Support Center in the Office of Human Resources. If the emergency loan is approved by OHR Benefits, it goes to Accounts Payable who processes a direct deposit that may take 7-10 business days to be available in the primary account that the payroll deposits to.

All loans must be repaid through payroll deduction, not to exceed 10 biweekly pay periods for SHRA employees or 5 monthly pay periods for EHRA employees. If an employee terminates employment with the University for any reason before the entire loan is repaid, the outstanding balance will be deducted from the employee’s final paycheck.

A copy of the Emergency Loan Request & Authorization for Payroll Deduction form is transmitted to Payroll Services to establish the payroll deduction.

All requests for loans from the Emergency Loan Program will be kept confidential. No record of this loan is placed in the employee’s file unless problems are experienced regarding repayment of any loans.