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Benefits

The university provides a competitive benefits package, including insurance, retirement benefits, as well as many other programs and services for employees. These benefits are available to regular employees who are appointed for at least 50% time. Some are also available to regular employees appointed for less than 50% time, as well as temporary employees and student employees.

Insurance

Eligibility

If you're appointed to work in an eligible position for 20 hours or more a week for at least 4.5 months, you can participate in the university's insurance plans.

Other eligible individuals may also participate as your insurance dependents.  Review the Insurance Benefit Overview for more information about their eligibility.

Overview

The below table outlines the insurance coverage available to employees. These plans, along with your pay and other benefits, are part of your total compensation package.

The basic coverage is 100% employer paid for full-time and eligible-graduate-student employees, and 50% employer paid for part-time employees. Optional medical insurance for employees' dependents is up to 50% employer paid for full-time employees and eligible-graduate-student employees, and up to 25% employer paid for part-time employees.

Basic Coverage:
Optional Coverage:
Benefit Cost Worksheet

Time Off

Annual Leave

You can earn paid annual leave if you're appointed to work at least 20 hours per week for at least 4.5 continuous months. If you're a student who's in a position that requires student status, you don't earn annual leave.

You'll begin earning annual leave on your first day of employment, and on the first day of every month after that. The amount you earn is based on how many months you've been in state service. See this leave accrual chart to get an idea of the amount of leave you would accrue each month.

Paid Holiday Leave

You earn paid annual leave if you're appointed to work at least 20 hours per week for at least 4.5 continuous months. If you're faculty, you must be appointed for at least 50% time for at least 4.5 continuous months. If you're appointed less than full time, you'll be granted holiday leave based on the percentage of hours you're appointed. If you're a student who's in a position that requires student status, you don't earn holiday leave.

View the holiday schedule.

Sick Leave

You can receive paid sick leave if you're appointed to work at least 20 hours per week for at least 4.5 months. Students who are in positions where student status is a requirement don't earn sick leave.

You get sick leave credit on your first day of employment and on the first day of every month after. If you work full time, you earn eight hours of sick leave for each month or fraction of a month. If you work part time, you earn sick leave in proportion to your appointment. The amount of sick leave is determined by your employment status on the first day of each month.

Retirement Programs

At the university there are two mandatory retirement programs: the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) program and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP). You must participate in one of these programs if you’re appointed to work at least 20 hours per week for at least 4.5 months. If you're a student who's in a position that requires student status, you won’t participate.

The university also offers two voluntary retirement programs that are optional: UTSaver TSA 403(b); and UTSaver DCP 457(b). Any employee appointed to work is eligible to participate in these programs.

Other Campus Services and Resources

The university offers a wide variety of services to faculty and staff and also additional perks that range from wellness programs to professional development opportunities.