Understand Your Eligibility


Employees who are employed at 20 hours per week (.50 FTE) or more for a period of twenty (20) weeks or longer within a fiscal year are required to participate in and contribute to an eligible retirement program


Fully Benefits Eligible: Employees who are employed at 20 hours per week (.50 FTE) or greater and in a position that is expected to continue for six months or more are eligible for full benefits:

2020 Benefits Summary

2020 Comprehensive Benefits Guide

Limited Benefits Eligible: To comply with the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the Arizona Department of Administration has made any employee regularly scheduled to work 20 hours or more per week (.50 FTE) for at least 90 days but less than 6 months eligible for the following limited benefits:

Employees with limited benefits do not accrue vacation leave or sick leave, and are not eligible for Paid Parental Leave, Compassionate Transfer of Leave, or QTR.

Frequently Asked Questions about Limited Benefits

Eligible Dependents

You may cover the following dependents on your insurance plan(s). Documentation may be required to verify a dependent's eligibility and to determine his/her tax status: 

  1. Your spouse or domestic partner
  2. Your or your domestic partner's natural, adopted, or step child(ren) who meet one of the following criteria: (a) is under the age of 26; or (b) was disabled before age 19
  3. Child(ren) placed in your or your domestic partner's guardianship pending adoption
  4. Your or your domestic partner's foster child(ren) under the age of 26
  5. Child(ren) under the age of 26 for whom you or your domestic partner have court-ordered guardianship

Information for employees with domestic partners: 

Special Note on Agency Transfers: If you are employed at the UA within 30 days of separating from benefits-eligible employment at another Arizona public university or an Arizona state agency, you may request reinstatement of your sick leave balance. To request an agency transfer, please contact the Division of Human Resources promptly after your hire date, at 520-621-3660 or

Learn Your Benefits Options

Review the benefits information on this website.

Here are key points:

Voluntary Benefits

  • You have 31 days from the date of hire or date of new benefits eligibility to enroll in voluntary insurance benefits. If you do not enroll in this period, you must wait until the next Open Enrollment window.
  • The Arizona Department of Administration provides benefits to all state employees. It offers choices for health (medical, dental, vision), life and short-term disability insurance.
  • The University of Arizona also provides some benefits programs. It offers health (medical, dental, vision) insurance to employees enrolling domestic partners, as well as supplemental life and short-term disability insurance plans to all employees.

Retirement Programs

  • Newly hired employees have an irrevocable choice of the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) or Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS), If you do not make an election within 30 days of hire, you will automatically default into the ASRS
  • All Employees may contribute to voluntary Supplemental Retirement Plans, whether or not they are eligible for the mandatory retirement plans.

2. Work with your department business manager to register for a New Employee Benefits Orientation within the first week of employment. Click here for a list of New Employee Orientation Programs.

Make Your Benefits Elections and Complete Your Enrollment

Click here for Benefits Enrollment Instructions in UAccess Employee


  • You have 31 days from the date of hire or date of new benefits eligibility to enroll in all insurance plans. If you do not enroll in this time, you must wait until the next Open Enrollment window.
  • You must make a retirement election within 30 days of hire. If you do not, you are automatically enrolled in the ASRS. Your retirement election is irrevocable.