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Eligibility for benefits depends on an employee’s full- or part-time status and the number of hours per week. See below for more details about benefits eligibility, including eligibility for the annual Open Enrollment..



Employee Eligibility

Permanent full-time SHRA and EHRA-Non Faculty and Faculty employees

working 30 or more hours per week

  • Eligible for all benefits
  • Eligible to participate in annual Open Enrollment

working 20 to 29 hours per week

  • Not eligible for mandatory retirement with TSERS or ORP
  • Not eligible for the State 401(k) plan
  • Eligible for health insurance but must pay the full cost of health coverage if enrolled — employer and employee cost
  • Eligible for all other benefits not listed above, such as dental, vision, etc.
  • Eligible to participate in annual Open Enrollment

Temporary employees

working 30 hours or more per week

working less than 30 hours per week

  • Not eligible for benefits
  • Not eligible to participate in annual Open Enrollment



Dependent Eligibility

In benefit programs that provide coverage for your dependents, the rules are as follows:

  • Dependent children are eligible for coverage up to age 26. Coverage automatically ends on the last day of the month in which they turn 26.
  • Domestic partner coverage is available for two programs provided by the University: Group Term Life (Securian Financial) and Dental Insurance (MetLife Dental).
  • Spouse (including same-sex legally married spouse) is eligible for coverage under all benefit programs that provide spouse coverage.



When Coverage Begins

For new employees

Coverage for most benefit programs begins the first of the month following your hire date/ appointment date or change in family status.

For Retirement

Permanent full-time employees who are required to participate in a retirement program begin participation consistent with your hire/appointment date.

For Open Enrollment

Enrollment in and changes made to benefits plans during the annual Open Enrollment period in October go into effect January 1 of the following calendar and remain in effect through December 31 of that same year.