Life and Disability Insurance

Employer Paid or Subsidized

Life Insurance

Employees who are eligible for limited or full benefits are automatically enrolled in

  • Basic Life Insurance: $15,000 term insurance policy, $15,000 seat belt incentive
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance: $15,000 AD&D clause

Coverage is underwritten by Securian.

Certificate of Insurance

Long-Term Disability Insurance

Long-term disability insurance is a form of income protection that provides a portion of your salary in the event of a disabling illness or injury. A 6-month qualification period is required before benefits begin.

Enrollment in long-term disability insurance is automatic and mandatory as part of your retirement plan. Coverage under this plan is dependent upon the retirement plan you are participating in at the onset of disability.

For Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) Members

For Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) or Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) Members

Helpful Information

The long-term disability plan provides you with a monthly benefit to partially replace income lost during periods of total disability resulting from a covered injury or illness.

Generally, the monthly benefit is 66.67% of your basic monthly earnings.

Benefit payments will be offset by the following, if applicable:

  • Workers Compensation
  • Social Security Disability Benefits
  • Social Security Retirement Benefits
  • State Retirement Disability Benefits
  • State Retirement Benefits
  • "Other Income Benefits" outlined in the plan booklet

There is a waiting period of 6 consecutive months during which you must be continuously and totally disabled before long-term disability benefits begin.

Whenever possible, it is wise to file a long-term disability claim as early as the third month after the onset of disability. Allowing a three-month processing window can increase the likelihood that your claim will be completed by the time your six-month waiting period has been satisfied.

See your plan summary booklet for duration of benefits information.

You may apply for Social Security Disability benefits at the Social Security office closest to you.

Optional Employee-Paid Benefits

Supplemental Life Insurance

Employees have the option to purchase supplemental term life insurance and dependent life insurance. The employee pays the full cost of premiums through payroll deduction. Coverage is available through The Hartford or Aetna Life Insurance.

General Information on Supplemental Life Insurance

Short-Term Disability Insurance

Short-term disability insurance provides income during the 6-month waiting period before long-term disability benefits begin.

  • Enrollment in short-term disability insurance is voluntary, and premiums are fully employee-paid.
  • In some cases, there is a waiting period during which you must be continuously and totally disabled before benefits begin.
  • The program provides you with a weekly benefit designed to partially replace income lost during periods of total disability resulting from a covered non-industrial injury, pregnancy, or illness.

The University of Arizona offers its benefits-eligible employees a choice of two short-term disability plans: The Hartford and Unum.

Comparison of Short-Term Disability Plans

Short-Term Disability Premium Calculator

Frequently Asked Questions about Short-Term Disability

Carrier Unum MetLife
Benefit pays 70% of your base weekly earnings pays 662/3% of your base weekly earnings
Maximum Benefit

three options (A, B & C), with maximum weekly benefits up to:
Option A: $750
Option B: $1,500
Option C: $2,000

Up to $897.43 maximum per week
Offset May receive benefits even if using paid sick/vacation time Benefits are reduced by amount of paid sick/vacation time.
Contact Information Unum, (800) 858-6843

MetLife, 866-264-5144

Plan Information

Unum Brochure
Unum Plan Document

MetLife Plan Summary
MetLife Policy

Important Information for Employees Paid over 9 Months

As a 9-month-pay employee, you do not receive paychecks during the summer months. Please be aware that benefit premiums for these summer months are pre-collected during the spring semester. If your benefits are effective as of January 1, the pre-collected amounts are evenly distributed throughout most of the pay periods in the spring semester.

If for any reason we are unable to pre-collect a portion of your summer premiums during any pay period in the spring semester, those missed amounts will be collected in a lump sum on your first available paycheck after your benefit elections/changes are effective. Lump-sum collections may be triggered by changes in your coverage level for a qualified life event or a hire date after January 1.

2020 pre-collected rates for employees paid over the 9-month academic year