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Summary of Benefits for Benefits Eligible Employees

Benefit Summary 

Printable Benefits Brochure (pdf)

Health Insurance and Wellness

Health Insurance Employee selects from a variety of medical insurance plans (including prescription, dental, vision) available through the State of Kansas. Employee must apply for coverage and provide required documentation within 30 days of employment. Coverage begins on the first day of employment.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Employee may select pre-tax payroll deductions for reimbursement for medical, dental expenses and/or dependent care expenses. Employee must enroll within 30 days of hire.

Health and Wellness State of Kansas provides health and wellness services, through the HealthQuest and Employee Assistance Programs, which can be accessed via the HealthQuest and Employee Assistance websites.

Employee Assistance Program Services are available upon employment and are designed to help employees and their family members with life events.


Retirement Plans - Mandatory

Kansas Board of Regents Mandatory Retirement Plan (KBOR) is for faculty and unclassified professional employees. Plan providers are VOYA Financial (formerly known as ING) and TIAA. Following a one-year waiting period, mandatory participation includes 5.5% of gross salary withheld from the employee's pre-tax salary matched by 8.5% of the salary paid by the University. The waiting period may be waived if specific criteria are met within 90 days of hire.

Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) covers university support staff. Depending on hire date, employees will be a member of KPERS Tier 1, 2, or 3.  KPERS employees contribute 6% of gross pay on pre-tax basis.  Contributions begin on date of hire.


Savings Plans - Voluntary

Voluntary 403(b) plan is offered with pre-tax and/or after-tax payroll deduction contributions up to the maximum limit allowed by IRS regulations.  Multiple investment providers are approved by Kansas Board of Regents.

Deferred compensation (457) contributions may be made on a pre-tax basis through payroll deduction to Great West Financial to the maximum allowed by IRS regulations.

Learning Quest Education Savings Program (529) An excellent way to save for education expenses. The plan allows earnings to accumulate on a tax-deferred basis and distributions are tax & penalty free when used for qualified education expenses.


Life Insurance

Basic Life Insurance for each benefits-eligible employee in an amount equal to 150% of the employee's annual compensation is paid to your named beneficiary(ies).

KPERS Optional life insurance provides guaranteed issue of $250,000 if purchased within 30 days of the employee's initial hire. Coverage from $5,000 to $250,000 is available and subject to approval if amount exceeds the guaranteed issue or if purchase is outside the guaranteed issue window. Spousal coverage available.

Teachers and Employees Association (TEA) Optional life insurance provides guaranteed issue of $100,000 if purchased within 30 days of the employee's initial hire. Coverage from $10,000 to $250,000 is available and subject to underwriting approval. Spousal and/or dependent coverage is available.


Vacation Leave leave is earned on a per-pay-period basis, and employees earn up to a maximum of 304 hours. Leave is credited and available for use following the pay period in which it is earned. 

Faculty on 12-month contract, unclassified, and university support staff employees accrue a maximum of 8 hours per pay period, with adjustments for part-time employment to a limit of 176 hours per year.

Sick Leave Full-time employees earn 3.7 hours per pay period. Leave is adjusted and prorated based upon the number of hours worked within a pay period. Sick leave may be used for employee's personal illness or for qualified medical care. Under defined circumstances, sick leave may be used for illness or qualified medical care of family members.

Holidays You receive paid holidays, as designated by the State of Kansas.  

Special Leaves Funeral/Bereavement Leave provides up to 6 working days for bereavement or the funeral of a close relative. Military Leave programs vary according to orders. Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) covers a qualified event. Shared Leave may be available in limited circumstances.


Employees are covered at any location at which they are working for K-State, beginning on the first day of employment.  Accidents must be reported to a supervisor within 3 days of the accident.


Employees are covered by long-term disability insurance, beginning on the first day of employment.  Claims are subject to underwriting approval.


Other Insurance Programs

AFLAC Programs (Optional)

  • Cancer/Specified Disease

  • Accident

  • Critical Care and Recovery (Specified Health Event)

The Kansas State Federal Credit Union has partnered with AFLAC to offer insurance programs at a discounted rate to all Kansas State University employees who are or become members of the K-State Federal Credit Union. Monthly premiums will be deducted from credit union accounts by AFLAC on the date selected.


Tuition Assistance

Employee Tuition Assistance: Employees carrying at least a .9FTE may be eligible for tuition assistance.  Payment of tuition for one undergraduate or graduate course, up to three hours, is permitted for each Fall, Spring and Summer semester. Three hours of tuition is covered at the in-state, on campus rate. Additional information on employee tuition assistance can be found here.  https://www.k-state.edu/hr/benefits/financial/tuition/index.html

Dependent/Spouse Grant: In order for an employee's dependent or spouse to be eligible for the K-State Spouse/Dependent Grant program, the employee must carry a full-time (0.9 FTE or above), benefits eligible, regular (non-term) appointment throughout the full academic year. Full-time (0.9 FTE or above), benefits eligible, term employees are eligible for the spouse/dependent grant upon attaining five years of service in a faculty or staff appointment to Kansas State University. More information concerning the K-State Dependent/Spouse Grant can be found by visiting the Office of Student Financial Assistance website.


Other Benefits

Employee Discounts Various university departments provide employee discounts for their products and services including, but not limited to, K-State Athletics, Recreational Services, and Colbert Hills Golf Course.

STARS "State Thanks & Recognition," sponsored by the State of Kansas, includes a variety of discounts available to employees.


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Contact the Benefits Team!

The Benefits Team is here to help. Send your questions to benefits@ksu.edu. We will repond to your email within 24 hours.

Benefit Partners:

Kati Wolfgang, Director

Tiffani Dye, Benefits Specialist

Carolyn Jenlink, Benefits Specialist

Ellen Liebenberg, Benefits Specialist

Maiah Diel, FMLA & Leave Specialist

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