Benefits Overview

At the University of Arkansas, we value our employees and recognize them as our organization’s greatest asset. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

New benefits-eligible employees of the University of Arkansas have 31 days from their benefits-eligible appointment dates to enroll in their retirement and insurance benefits.  Your insurance benefits and voluntary retirement contributions will be effective the first day of the following month following the date HR receives all of your completed enrollment forms.

All appointed (non-student) employees working 50% time or greater are eligible for most benefits. To learn about enrolling in benefits, attend a New Employee Orientation and review the New Employee Benefits Enrollment page.

For a video overview of benefits offered to University of Arkansas benefits eligible employees, click here.


The university assists employees in planning for life beyond their working years with generous and flexible retirement benefits.  Benefits-eligible University employees will participate in the University of Arkansas  403(b)/457(b) investment options with TIAA and/or Fidelity Investments.

Healthcare Coverage

The university provides flexible and affordable medical coverage plans with no cost wellness benefits, as well as optional vision and dental programs for eligible employees. The University of Arkansas pays at least 72% of the total premium for those working full-time. A flexible spending account plan allows employees to set aside tax-exempt payroll dollars for eligible out-of-pocket healthcare, child care or adult/elder care expenses. Retirees and others who leave the university may be eligible to continue healthcare coverage.

Catastrophic Care

Many university benefits protect employees and their families during difficult times, including basic life and disability insurance which automatically covers all benefits-eligible employees at no cost to the employee. A number of other life, disability, AD&D, long-term care and critical illness insurance benefits are optional and can also cover spouses and eligible dependent children.

Employee Leave

The university support employees through generous paid leave programs that address the realities of personal and family life. In addition to immediate sick and vacation leave accrual, leave to attend, participate or assist with children's educational activities for full-time, benefits-eligible employees is provided. The Catastrophic Leave Bank Program assists eligible university employees in managing medical emergencies, injuries and illnesses incurred by them or eligible family members.

Other Benefits

The university invests in employees by paying 90% of an employee's tuition and 50% of tuition for spouses and dependents. The university also supports employees and their families through difficult times with personal, professional and family counseling at no cost through the Employee Assistance Program, and champions child and elder care by providing resources to help employees maintain work/life balance while undertaking care responsibilities. Dependent care reimbursement accounts are also available. Group rates and payroll deduction are available for auto and home insurance through Liberty Mutual.