Employee Benefits - The University of Tulsa

Employee Benefits

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, the University 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

The University’s medical insurance plan is carried with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma. We provide three deductible options for our PPO to opt into.

Dependent Eligible: Yes

Dental Insurance

The University’s dental insurance plan is carried with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma. Our dental plan provides preventive, diagnostic, and restorative care, as well as orthodontia services for eligible member and their dependents.

Dependent Eligible: Yes

Vision Insurance

The University’s medical insurance plan is carried with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma. Vision insurance is offered as an optional benefit.

Dependent Eligible: Yes

Flexible Spending Accounts

The University’s flexible spending plans are carried with Benefit Resource Inc. The University offers both a health savings account and a dependent care savings account., both of which allow employees to set aside tax-free dollars for eligible expenses.

Life Insurance

The University’s life insurance plan is carried with The Standard. All employees are provided with a company sponsored life insurance benefit. Employees can also voluntarily elect additional life insurance at a small premium paid 100% by the employee. Additional options are available for the employee and their dependents (spouse and/or dependent children). This benefit is company sponsored at 100%.

Dependent Eligible: Yes

Long-Term Disability Insurance

The university’s long-term disability plan is carried with The Standard. The total disability insurance benefits begin on the first of the month following six months (or three months for hourly employees) of total disability and continue during such disability until age 65. This benefit is company sponsored at 100%.

Dependent Eligible: No

Retirement Savings Plans

The plan’s investments are managed by Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA), College Retirement Equities Fund (CREF). The university’s retirement plan provides an employee with 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 benefit 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 at https://www.tuitionexchange.org/.

On-Site Child Development Center

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

Employee Assistance Program

The University of Tulsa partners with The Standard to provide the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This program 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 which life situation to seek help for.


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 (2 days), Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, plus one Floating Holiday. 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

  • Gilcrease Museum: Employees will receive a 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: 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 may include speech, language and hearing evaluations; therapy in speech articulation, stuttering and voice disorders; lip reading and signing instruction; and training for the deaf.