Discover CSU Benefits

CSU is dedicated to taking care of faculty and staff by providing a wide range of benefits that promote health, financial security, and overall well-being. The University also offers many perks to eligible employees – from educational benefits and work-life programs to discounts and deals.

Contact Us

  • Email: MyHR@colostate.edu
  • Phone: (970) 491-6947
  • Address: 555 S Howes Street
    Fort Collins, CO 80523-6004

Benefits Eligibility

Your benefits package depends on employee classification, full time-time equivalency (FTE), and appointment type (Regular, Temporary, Special). Review the charts below to see what benefits you may be eligible for.

Benefits Eligibility Chart

Every effort was made to provide accurate information on the following chart in regards to benefits eligibility at Colorado State University. In the event of a conflict between this information and the official plan or program documents, the plan and program documents will govern.
Benefits Eligible Employee Types
Faculty/Admin Pro (AFAP)
(Regular/Special)
AFAP,Non-Classified Staff
(Temporary)
State Classified
(Salaried/Hourly)
BENEFIT PLANS
Medical
Dental
Vision
Group Life/AD&D
Voluntary Life
LEAVE
Disability
Annual Leave1
Sick Leave
Leave Without Pay
Family Medical Leave2
Parental Leave
RETIREMENT
Mandatory Plans (DCP, PERA, SERP)
Employer Contribution (DCP3, PERA)
Voluntary Plans (403(b), 401(k), 457)
OTHER PRIVILEGES
Employee Study Privilege
Dependent Tuition Scholarship
Employee Assistance Program
Commitment to Campus
CARE Program
POST-EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
Annual Leave Payout (Termination/Retirement)
Sick Leave Payout (Retirement)4
DCP Retiree Medical Premium Refund4
PERA Retiree Medical Subsidy4
Unemployment
Worker’s Compensation
1 Faculty must have a 12-month appointment to be eligible.
2 FML eligibility is based upon the employee having at least 12 months of CSU service and working 1,040 in the 12 months preceding the need for leave.
3 DCP employer contribution is not provided to Temporary Academic Faculty & Administrative Professionals, Post Doctoral Fellows, Veterinary Interns or Clinical Psychology interns with less than 1 year, or less than 1/2 time appointments.
4 To be eligible for post-retirement benefits, an individual must meet the University’s definition of retirement.
Non-Benefit Eligible Employee Types
AFAP
(1%-49% FTE)

Graduate
Assistants

Student HourlyNon-Student Hourly
BENEFIT PLANS
Medical1
Dental
Vision
Group Life/AD&D
Voluntary Life
LEAVE
Disability
Annual Leave
Sick Leave
Leave Without Pay
Family Medical Leave2
Parental Leave
RETIREMENT
Mandatory Plans (DCP,
PERA, SERP)
Employer Contribution (DCP, PERA3)
Voluntary Plans (403(b), 401(k), 457)4
OTHER PRIVILEGES
Employee Study Privilege
Dependent Tuition
Scholarship
Employee Assistance
Program
Commitment to Campus
CARE Program
POST-EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
Annual Leave Payout (Termination/Retirement)
Sick Leave Payout (Retirement)
DCP Retiree Medical Premium Refund
PERA Retiree
Medical Subsidy
Unemployment
Worker’s Compensation
1 Healthcare Reform Affordable Care Act federal regulations determine eligibility. HR provides an offer of coverage when criteria is met.
2 FML eligibility is based upon the employee having at least 12 months of CSU service and working 1,040 in the 12 months preceding the need for leave.
3 PERA employer contribution does not include F1/J1 Visa holders during first five years in the USA.
4 Graduate Assistants and Student employees may not contribute to the voluntary 403(b) accounts.

Benefits Eligible Employees

Academic Faculty- Regular or Special Appointments: Faculty on Regular, Special or Senior Teaching appointments of half-time or greater are eligible for benefits as of the date of appointment unless otherwise noted.

Administrative Professionals-Regular or Special Appointments: Administrative Professionals on Regular or Special appointments of half-time or greater are eligible for benefits as of the date of appointment unless otherwise noted.

Temporary Appointments: (New Effective 1/1/2014) Academic Faculty and Administrative Professionals on Temporary* appointments of half-time or greater are eligible for benefits except for the Defined Contribution Plan for Retirement (DCP) match, as of the date of appointment.

*Visiting Faculty, Visiting Scientist/Scholar, Visiting Research Associates, Visiting Senior Scientist/Scholar are not eligible for benefits, except as required as a condition of employment under Colorado law, to contribute to a retirement plan in lieu of Social Security.

Post-Doctoral Fellows, Veterinary Interns and Clinical Psychology Interns: Post Doctoral Fellows, Veterinary Interns and Clinical Psychology Interns on appointments of half-time or greater are eligible for benefits, except for the Defined Contribution Plan for Retirement (DCP) match, as of the date of appointment.

State Classified Staff: Regular full-time, part-time, or hourly positions are eligible for benefits.

Federal Employees: Federal employees on appointment of half-time or greater are eligible for benefits (excluding CSU medical and retirement plans) as of the date of appointment unless otherwise noted.

Contact Cooperative Extension, (970) 491-6367, for information on Federal medical and retirement option(s).

Non-Benefits Eligible Employees

Student Hourly Employees*: Not eligible for benefits,unless enrolled in less than five credits/semester, then eligible for SERP (Student Employee Retirement Plan). 

Non-Student Hourly Employees*: Eligible for PERA retirement, EAP, and CARE program.

Graduate Assistants*: Not eligible for benefits, unless enrolled in less than five credits/semester, then eligible for SERP (Student Employee Retirement Plan). 

*Employees may be eligible for medical coverage under ACA regulations.

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