Resources for Faculty & Staff

Personal, Family, and Financial Assistance Programs

Employee Emergency Grants

Upon request, Brown may provide financial assistance to employees who are eligible for full-time benefits through an emergency grant fund. The fund is designed to help individual employees recover financially from loss due to natural emergencies, accidents, catastrophes, deaths or illnesses which are no fault of the employee. The maximum grant is $5,000.

Please contact the Loan Office at 401-863-3296 or access the following link for more information:

Employee Loans

The Loan Office administers the Brown University Employee Loan Program. Upon request, Brown may provide a loan to employees of the University who are eligible for full-time benefits. However, no employee can be guaranteed that he or she will receive a loan, and documentation of creditworthiness is required.

Please contact the Loan Office at 401-863-3296 or access the following link for more information:

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) provides help to employees and their immediate families with a variety of personal problems. Services include family, legal, and financial counseling in addition to information on childcare, eldercare, adoption, and education resources.

Please contact Wendy McRae-Owoeye at 401-863-1787 or access the following link for more information:

Individual Retirement Planning Consultations

Financial Tuesdays provide employees with the opportunity for individual consultations with representatives from Fidelity Investments and TIAA-CREF on campus. These sessions are designed to help employees gain a better understanding of their investment options and retirement savings plan strategies.

For details on how to schedule an appointment, please call the Benefits Office at 401-863-2141 or access the following PDF link for more information:

In addition, Fidelity Investments and TIAA-CREF offer telephone counseling on an ongoing basis.  Employees may utilize these services by calling Fidelity at 1-800-343-0860 or TIAA-CREF at 1-800-842-2776.

Office of the CHAPLains and religious life

Brown's chaplains are available year round to staff and faculty of all backgrounds for pastoral care and confidential counseling and support. Members of the Brown community may reserve Manning Chapel for personal ceremonies and receive preferential reservations and fees. Please contact the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life, Suite 410 in the J. Walter Wilson Building, or at 401-863-2344 for an appointment or further information.

Retirement Hardship Withdrawals and Loans

Hardship withdrawals from 403(b) accounts are available in limited circumstances such as to prevent eviction or foreclosure. Documentation is required and taxes may apply. For more information, please contact the Benefits Office at 401-863-2141. Also, if you have a TIAA-CREF account, you may be eligible for a loan from your retirement account.

Please contact TIAA-CREF at 1-800-842-2776 for more information about this loan program.


Professional Development Programs & Other Services

The role of the Center for Staff Learning & Professional Development is to serve as a conduit of knowledge, information and services. The Center facilitates learning and assists staff in maximizing job performance through various programs. In addition to the numerous trainings available at, specific program trainings can be created upon request for departments to address learning and development needs.

Money-Savings and Discount Programs

Athletics and Recreation

Relieve stress and save money by taking advantage of the free academic year membership to campus recreation and athletic facilities at Brown University just by being an employee. The Department of Physical Education works to promote and advance healthy lifestyle choices with programs designed to maximize participation and accommodate a wide range of interests and abilities.

Access the following link for more information:

BEAR Bargains

Bear Bargains is a comprehensive discount program for all members of the Brown community. A number of local businesses participate in the program. In addition, discounts are available for a national network of businesses and vendors through Brown’s partnership with Working Advantage.

Please contact Angel Hilliard at 401-863-3629 or access the following link for more information:

Backup Care

This benefit provides backup care services for eligible employees and their family members in both planned and unplanned situations. Employees have 24/7 access to experienced backup care specialists who will find and schedule licensed, qualified care on the employees’ behalf. The University covers most of the cost for this benefit; the participating employee pays only a low copayment of $2 to $4 per hour after care is received.

To use the backup care benefit, please call the vendor, Work Options Group, directly at 1-800-557-0847 or access the following link for more information:

Mortgage Assistance, Insurance, and Other Discount Benefits Programs

The University has established programs with a range of vendors experienced in dealing with the unique needs of University employees. Some of these benefits are offered at no cost to employees, e.g. health promotion programs and wellness coaching. Other benefits require employees to pay the full cost less any group discounts, e.g., mortgage assistance, automobile and homeowners insurance. 

For more information, please call the Benefits Office at 401-863-2141 or visit:


With a Brown ID, current faculty, staff, and students are able to ride any RIPTA bus or trolley anytime, anywhere in Rhode Island at no charge. Brown’s investment in the UPASS program is the latest effort in one of many transportation initiatives benefiting its employees, students, and the broader community.

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Environmental Energy Tips from Facilities Management

Facilities Management continues to launch a series of monthly tips designed to help employees improve home energy use and save money while working to protect the environment. Please watch for the Environmental Energy Tips of the Month from Facilities Management in Morning Mail.