STEP 2: Learn about IU benefits
Follow the steps below to learn important details about IU benefits including eligibility guidelines and enrollment deadlines.
- Complete New Employee Orientation.
If you haven’t already, view the self-guided New Employee Orientation course by clicking the link below. New staff employees are automatically enrolled on or before their first day of employment, but any IU employee may register and view the course by visiting the link below and choosing the option to “Enroll in Course”.
- Review the benefits overview for new employees.
As an Indiana University employee, you are part of a diverse community that values and supports your personal and professional quality of life. We are proud to offer a full range of benefits to help you and your family get and stay healthy, meet educational goals, build long-term financial security, and more.
Check out the IU Benefit Programs Brochure for an overview of IU benefits, then select your classification from the list below for additional details on the benefits you are eligible for and links to more information.
- Appointed Academic and Exempt Staff
- Appointed Non-Exempt Staff
- Appointed Part-time Academic and Staff
- Part-time Hourly (HR, HP, HS)
- Determine dependent eligibility and collect any required documentation.
Review IU’s Eligibility and Enrollment Guidelines to learn which of your dependents (spouse and children) are eligible for enrollment on your benefit plans.
If you are enrolling a new spouse or child, you must submit supporting documentation (marriage or birth certificate). Once your enrollment is complete, you will receive an email with instructions on how and where to submit this documentation.
- Understand enrollment deadlines.
For some benefits, you must enroll within 30 days of becoming eligible. If you do not, you may be subject to providing evidence of insurability and you may not have the opportunity to enroll again until the annual Open Enrollment period, unless you experience a mid-year Life Event. The enrollment deadlines listed below are from your date of hire into the eligible position, and your coverage will be retroactive back to your date of hire.
You will be automatically enrolled in the plans listed below; however, additional steps may be required on your part, such as naming beneficiaries or creating an online account with the vendor. The online benefits enrollment system will guide you through this process.
- Basic Life Insurance
- Base Retirement Plan
- Tax Deferred Account (TDA) Plan (5% pre-tax contribution level)
Enroll Within 30 Days
You must enroll in these plans within 30 days. If you do not, your next opportunity will be during the annual Open Enrollment period in the fall, or if you experience a mid-year Life Event.
To take advantage of enrollment without providing evidence of insurability (proof of good health), you must enroll in these plans within 30 days:
Enroll Any Time
Enrollment in the following plans can be made at any time:
- IU 457(b) Retirement Plan
- IU Tuition Benefit (academic year deadlines apply)
- Supplemental Dependent Life Insurance
Enrollment in the following plans can be made at any time after your initial 30-day enrollment period by providing evidence of insurability (proof of good health):