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Benefits

With a robust State benefits package, the University of South Carolina is well-positioned to offer you comprehensive coverage that will satisfy your personal preferences and provide for your family needs.

Your job is probably what initially attracted you to the university. The professional fulfillment of your career, paired with strong benefits, allows the University of South Carolina to retain talented and dedicated employees.

Eligibility

One of the first steps in properly reviewing and selecting your benefits is to determine your eligibility.

Insurance Eligibility
To qualify for full insurance benefits you must be employed in a full-time equivalent (FTE) position and scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week, or a temporary or research grant or time-limited (RG/TL)  position and scheduled to work at least 30 hours per week. If you are employed in a RG/TL position and scheduled to work 20 hours or more, you may be eligible for insurance, if this benefit is funded by the grant.  

Retirement Eligibility
The South Carolina Public Employee Benefits Authority (PEBA) administers two types of primary retirement plans. If you are employed in a FTE, a temporary, or a RG/TL position that offers retirement benefits, you are eligible to participate in one of these plans regardless of the number of hours you are scheduled to work. FTE employees are required to participate, but temporary and RG/TL employees have the option to opt out as long as they meet specific requirements. All FTE, temporary and RG/TL employees are also eligible to participate in other tax-sheltered annuity products such as 401(k), 457(b) and 403(b) plans. 

For additional eligibility requirements, including eligibility for dependents, please refer to the UofSC Insurance Benefits Summary [pdf].

 

Comprehensive Coverage

In addition to a competitive insurance and retirement package, we are also able to make additional resources available. These resources protect you if you are injured, allow you to take personal time off work and encourage you to be proactive through wellness programming. We also offer a wide range of family-friendly privileges and unique discount opportunities that help you maintain an essential work-life balance. 

Workers' Compensation

If you are injured on the job you may be eligible for Workers' Compensation benefits. When work-related accidents or injuries happen, employers are required by state law to make sure an injured employee is provided necessary protection and care. Get your questions answered about what to do if you are injured so that you are properly compensated for your medical treatment.

Time Away From Work

Whether you are sick or need time away from work for a family vacation, every employee needs time off. Learn how sick and personal time off (PTO) are accrued, and details about how other types of leave are handled such as Family and Medical Leave, hazardous weather leave, holidays and educational leave.

Employee Wellness Programs

Sustaining a healthy lifestyle contributes to both your personal and professional success. Campus Wellness provides free or low-cost services that support faculty and staff nutrition goals, help manage stress and more. In addition, our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has a broad range of support services including financial counseling, marriage counseling and free legal assistance.

Privileges and Discounts

For many of our employees, family priorities or other limitations make it challenging to maintain a healthy balance between work and home life. Through the university's campus resources and community relationships, we've developed family-friendly privileges such as flextime and daycare solutions, and also unique discount opportunities like tuition assistance and free notary services.