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Employee Benefits

The University of Tulsa offers a variety of benefit programs and resources to its employees. From health plan options and wellness programs to continuing education opportunities and competitive retirement plans, TU is committed to providing benefits that matter to you at each stage of your employment.

The Office of Human Resources is committed to providing excellent customer service, communications and education to help you best utilize these valuable benefit programs. If you have any questions about our benefit plans or need assistance with your benefits, we invite you to email hrbenefits@utulsa.edu.

Medical insurance and prescription drug coverage

Health insurance serves to protect you from large medical bills due to illness or injury. And it offers additional coverage that other insurance doesn’t, such as annual physicals and regular screenings to help maintain your overall health before major illness strikes.

Dependent eligible: Yes

Dental insurance

Dental hygiene and health are directly linked to health in other areas of the body, so it’s important to visit the dentist regularly to ensure that you are at peak oral fitness. There are some costs to going to the dentist, however, which is why good dental health coverage is key. Our dental plan provides preventive, diagnostic and restorative care, as well as orthodontia services for eligible members.

Dependent eligible: Yes

Vision insurance

Your eyes are constantly changing. It’s just a fact. Vision insurance makes sure those changes don’t lead to problems in the long term. Eye doctors are often among the first to catch chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Employees have the opportunity to enroll in low-cost vision coverage.

Dependent eligible: Yes

Health expense savings accounts

TU maintains health plans eligible for the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or the Health Savings Account (HSA) so that employees have options when it comes to saving for future health expenses by setting aside tax-free dollars. Employees also have the option of opting in the FSA Healthcare and/or FSA Childcare.

Life insurance

Life insurance can be there to help lessen the financial blow and help to provide coverage for expenses related to the passing of a loved one, making the grieving process easier. Benefit-eligible employees are provided with a company sponsored life insurance benefit that is 1.5x their annual base salary. In addition, employees can elect additional life insurance for themselves, their spouse and eligible dependents.

Dependent eligible: Yes

Accident insurance

Accident insurance is supplemental insurance that helps you pay for out-of-pocket medical and non-medical costs from an accident or injury. With accident insurance, you receive payment in the form of a lump-sum cash benefit that is paid directly to you and not to doctors and hospitals.

Critical illness insurance

Critical illness insurance provides additional coverage for medical emergencies, such as heart attacks, strokes or cancer. Because these emergencies or illnesses often incur greater-than-average medical costs, these policies pay out cash to help cover those overruns when traditional health insurance may fall short.

Short-term disability

In the event of an accident, surgery, birth of a child or personal crisis that prevents you from working and receiving your wages, short-term disability can provide an income source while you rest and recover.

Long-term disability insurance

Long-term disability insurance is an insurance policy that replaces all or a percentage of your income if you become disabled due to illness or injury and cannot work. Benefit-eligible employees are provided with a company-sponsored long-term disability policy.

Retirement savings opportunities

The plan’s investments are managed by Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA), College Retirement Equities Fund (CREF). The university’s retirement plan gives employees options to make voluntary pre-tax and/or after-tax contributions to the plan.

Additional benefits

Tuition assistance

The tuition reduction discount offered by the university is 50% tuition discount during the first year of full-time employment and 100% tuition discount after you have completed one year of continuous full-time service. This benefit applies to you and your eligible dependents.

Tuition exchange program

Tuition exchange is a reciprocal scholarship opportunity for the dependents of eligible faculty and staff at all 677+ individual member schools. Learn more about this program.

Child Development Center

The Child Development Center, which has received NAEYC accreditation, offers quality all-day care, private kindergarten, and before and after school programs. Located at 3rd Street and Evanston, the center is open to serve TU students, faculty and staff, and the general public, on a space-available basis. The center offers discounts to TU students, faculty and staff.

Employee Assistance Program

TU partners with The Standard to provide the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which connects employees with resources that can assist with managing life’s situations. The EAP provides for up to three free sessions per issue, so employees aren’t limited to choosing the life situation for which they wish to seek help.


The university provides holiday pay for 12 standard holidays, including New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (two days), Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. The university also provides non-standard holidays (dates to be designated each year by the president).

Discounted athletic tickets

Each full-time employee is eligible to purchase four half-price tickets to TU athletic events, subject to availability and the athletic ticket office policy.

Use of campus facilities

  • Dining Services: Employees have access to meal plan options at the Pat Case Dining Hall or the Faculty Club.
  • Gilcrease Museum: Employees receive complimentary membership to the Gilcrease Museum.
  • Health Center: Employees have access to a full-time physician for acute non-emergency medical conditions. Employees covered by TU’s BlueCross BlueShield medical plan may utilize the physician at no charge.
  • Collins Fitness Center: Employees receive a free membership to this state-of-the-art facility.
  • Library: Employees have access to McFarlin Library.
  • Student Union: Employees have access to the bookstore, mail services and various dining options.
  • Speech & Hearing Clinic: Employees and their eligible dependents are entitled to a 20% discount on services offered at the speech and hearing clinic. The discounted services include speech, language and hearing evaluations; therapy in speech articulation, stuttering and voice disorders; lip-reading and signing instruction; and training for the deaf.