Economic Hardship is an immigration term that refers to a specific definition for the need to work. For the F-1 and J-1 student the meaning of this term includes such criteria as: "a severe and unforeseen circumstance" which results in a demonstrated need for employment.
For example, such circumstance could be a devaluation of your home county currency (usually more than 25%) against the U.S. dollar. As a result you would have to show that your family or government was sponsoring you and that an insufficient amount of funding was being sent to you. In addition, there are certain time related issues for eligibility.
Appointment Only: Since the process for F-1 and J-1 obtaining employment under Economic Hardship is treated differently, you will need to make an appointment with a Slutzker Center advisor. This personal advising session will enable the advisor to fully discuss your needs and eligibility for this type of employment.