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Benefits at a Glance

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The University of Louisville is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes health, dental, and vision insurance; as well as a generous retirement plan, flexible spending accounts, life insurance and disability coverage, and tuition remission.  With so many exceptional benefit options adding value to your paycheck, it’s easy to see why the University of Louisville is a great place to work.

For the purpose of this benefits summary, eligibility is defined as regular status 40% or greater FTE faculty and staff, unless otherwise noted.  Employees can choose to cover themselves, as well as spouse/partner or qualifying adult and dependent children up to age 26.

This is only an overview of the benefits offered at the University of Louisville and are subject to change.  For detailed benefits plan coverage and eligibility please visit the Benefits webpage.

Health Insurance

UofL offers several health insurance options to fit you and your family’s needs, including Choice (EPO), Choice Plus (PPO), PCA High and PCA Low.  Coverage begins on the first day of employment.  Coverage is provided through Anthem BlueCross BlueShield.

 Dental Insurance

Dental coverage is available through Humana Dental at employee cost.  This program offers $1,000 maximum benefit for each covered member on the plan.  There is an in-network and out-of-network benefit, but you save money by visiting in-network dental providers for your dental care.

 Vision Insurance

Vision insurance is offered through National Vision Administrators (NVA) at employee cost.  This broad national network consists of numerous providers and provider locations, including independent optometrists and ophthalmologists, as well as the convenience of retail locations.  Coverage includes savings on eye exams, lenses and frames, contact lenses and more.

 Health Insurance Waiver

For employees who choose to waive coverage in the medical plan, the university will contribute $175 per month to a flexible spending health or dependent care account.

 Retirement Plan

A generous university contribution to a 403(b) plan, whether you choose to contribute or not!  Regular status 80% or greater FTE employees are eligible to participate after one year of service.  The university automatically contributes 7.5% of your annual base salary after one year – you contribute nothing.  If you make additional contributions, the university will match up to 2.5%, for a possible university contribution of 10% of your annual salary.  Employer contributions are fully vested after three continuous years of service.  In addition, the university offers two 457(b) plans as additional opportunities to invest pre tax dollars for retirement.

 Flexible Spending Accounts

Use pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible healthcare and/or dependent care expenses! Employees can enroll in a voluntary flexible spending account for either health or dependent care. Plans are administered by Chard-Snyder.

 Life, AD&D and Supplemental Life Insurance

Life insurance is provided at no cost to eligible employees. The university provides basic life coverage at twice your base salary up to a maximum of $200,000.  Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance is provided equal to the amount of life insurance at no cost.  You can purchase additional life insurance for yourself, spouse/partner or qualifying adult and your dependents. Premiums are based on coverage and age of employee.  

 Long Term Disability

The university provides long term disability insurance at no cost to you when you participate in the University of Louisville Retirement Plan.  If you become totally disabled while insured and remain so for six months, the university's LTD plan will pay the greater of 60% of your monthly base salary or 60 % of your average monthly earnings from the past two years, up to a maximum of $5,000 per month.

 Additional Benefits

Additional benefits are available and include:  short term disability, employee assistance program (EAP), emergency travel assistance, legal services and a PC loan program. 


Get Healthy Now is available to all UofL employees, retirees, and their spouse/partner or qualifying adult. GHN offers an online health risk assessment, health coaching, campus fitness and wellness classes, and an employee dedicated fitness facility.  Participants receive a monthly health insurance premium incentive.  Join GHN and earn the rewards of good health!

 Child Care

Located on the University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus, the Early Learning Campus (ELC) is part of the Gladys and Lewis "Sonny" Bass Louisville Scholar House Campus and is an exemplary pre-school for children of UofL faculty, staff, and residents of the Louisville Scholar House.  For tuition and enrollment information, visit

 Tuition Remission

All regular/provisional 80% or greater full-time employees are eligible to take up to two courses each semester tuition free.  If you work part-time, 40% to 80% FTE, you are eligible to take one course. In addition, after one year of eligible service, your dependent children can attend classes full time and tuition free for their first undergraduate degree through the end of the semester in which they turn 26.  For more information visit

 Paid Leave

Faculty do not have structured leave policies, but do enjoy a safety net protection of up to six months off with full salary in the event of a serious health condition, and may take up to six weeks off with full salary on birth or adoption.  Professional (Exempt) staff earn 15-22 days of vacation leave and 12 days of sick leave per year.  Classified (Non-Exempt Staff) earn 10-22 days of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per year. 

 Additional Paid Leave

In addition to vacation & sick leave, the University observes 12-13 holidays per year and provides bereavement, military, and community service leave for staff employees.  We also provide up to 12 weeks of catastrophic leave for staff with a family medical leave.     

 Employee Discounts

Many businesses and organizations offer discounts to university faculty and staff, including transportation, bookstores, entertainment, retail, restaurants and more! 




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