Emergency Assistance

AFAS provides emergency assistance to Air Force and Space Force families when unexpected financial emergencies arise with no-interest loans and grants. These financial assistance programs help meet immediate financial emergency needs and help make a positive step toward a lasting financial solution.


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AFAS will begin using Zelle by early May to directly deposit approved emergency assistance funds to support Airmen and Guardians.

We will begin the initial “test” rollout Monday, April 12, 2021 at Lackland and Lakenheath Air Force bases.

Air Force Aid Society was able to help Senior Airman Clarke and his family during a time of unexpected financial need.

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Types of Assistance

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Standard Assistance

AFAS Standard Assistance is intended to help Airmen and Guardians stabilize emergency situations with a substantial financial impact. The collaborative process includes establishing a budget for long term financial stability. Standard Assistance can be in the form of a no-interest loan, a grant or a combination of the two.

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Falcon Loans

The AFAS Falcon Loan is an expedited, no-interest loan of up to $1,000. The streamlined application process allows for quick support when time and resources are limited.

Which Loan Is Right For Me?

AFAS offers two distinct military loans – Standard Assistance and Falcon Loans – to help cover a wide variety of potential emergency situations. Consider which loan is right for your situation before you start the application process.

Resources For Referring Leaders

The USAF takes care of its own. Many Airmen and Guardians learn how AFAS can help through referrals from Commanders, First Sergeants and Supervisors. This resource guide was developed to help this key group of leaders counsel their Airmen and Guardians on support options.