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The University of Arizona proudly offers the following comprehensive benefits package for University employees.

Health Plans

The University pays an average of 88% of medical premiums. You can choose from multiple health plan options (medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending accounts), including coverage for domestic partners and their families.

Medical Plans

The Arizona Department of Administration provides medical insurance to state employees, including University of Arizona employees and their legal dependents. Review the information below carefully for details on your options.

Dental & Vision Plans

The Arizona Department of Administration provides medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance to state employees, including University of Arizona employees and their legal dependents. 

Domestic Partner Plans

The State of Arizona does not offer benefits to the domestic partners of employees. However, the University of Arizona offers medical, dental, and vision insurance, dependent life insurance, and Domestic Partner Tuition Remission (at the University of Arizona only) to these families.

Note: Employees wishing to enroll a domestic partner should choose the domestic partner plans.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): This comprehensive health-care reform law aims to expand Americans' access to affordable health-care insurance. Learn more about how ACA impacts UA employees.

Life & Disability Insurance Plans

Life Insurance

The University provides $15,000 of term life insurance at no cost.  Enrollment in long-term disability insurance is automatic and mandatory as part of your retirement plan

Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance

Enrollment in long-term disability insurance is automatic and mandatory as part of your retirement plan.  Enrollment in short-term disability insurance is voluntary, and premiums are fully employee-paid.

Educational Benefits

Qualified Tuition Reduction (QTR) is a benefit that allows full-benefits eligible employees, retirees, their spouses, dependents, and certain affiliates to take courses at substantially reduced tuition rates at any of the three Arizona public Universities: the University of Arizona (including Global Campus), Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University.  Employees receive additional assistance for graduate courses. There is also a separate program for qualified domestic partners and dependents.

Learn more about your educational benefits.

Work/Life Benefits

A fulfilling career is only one part of a fulfilling life. Discover resources, tools, and education that support your well-being in several areas.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • To view your benefits, click the University Benefits tile.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Limited Benefits
  Full benefits Limited benefits
Eligibility You  are scheduled to work 20 hours per week (.50 FTE) or greater in a position that is expected to continue for six months or more.

You are scheduled to work 20 hours or more per week (.50 FTE) for at least 90 days but less than 6 months or

Your schedule is reduced below 20 hours per week, but you averaged 30 hours per week over the previous 12 months.

Benefits Offered
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Basic and supplemental life insurance
  • Short-term disability insurance
  • Mandatory and voluntary retirement plans
  • Qualified Tuition Reduction/Domestic Partner Tuition Program 
  • All paid and unpaid time off
  • Wellness services
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Basic and supplemental life insurance
  • Short-term disability insurance
  • Voluntary supplemental retirement plans (You may become eligible for an employer-matched retirement plan if you work 20 weeks in a fiscal year)
Benefits Not Offered None
  • Mandatory retirement plans (with employer matching)
  • Qualified Tuition Reduction/Domestic Partner Tuition Program
  • Vacation time, sick time, and paid leaves
  • Wellness services

The University cannot supply insurance cards and does not have member information. You need to contact your insurance company directly. Often, you can download a temporary card from the vendor's website. Visit our Contacts page to find vendors' websites, phone numbers, and policy numbers.

If you are employed at the University of Arizona within 30 days of separating from benefits-eligible employment at another Arizona public university or an Arizona state agency, your current benefits continue and you cannot make new elections. You may request reinstatement of your sick leave balance.

To request an agency transfer, please get in touch with the Division of Human Resources promptly after your hire date, at 520-621-3660 or

Learn moreEmployment Change within the Arizona State System Affects Benefits (PDF)

The University is pleased to offer a comprehensive package to postdoctoral scholars that includes all benefits except a mandatory retirement plan. Learn more about benefits options for postdoctoral scholars.

Please review the How Job Change or Separation Affects Your Benefits webpage for detailed information.

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