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Human Resources Benefits serves as the university’s chief representative in all benefits related matters, including insurance, retirement, parking, tuition credits, flexible spending accounts, and many more employee benefits. Our benefits staff provides guidance on a wide variety of employee benefits as well as offers workshops and monthly vendor sessions for your convenience.

For faster responses please email:

  • Linda McDonough: Leaves and Orientation, Tuition
  • Barbara Jean Conneely: Retirement Issues

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Retirement Planning Sessions

Barbara Jean Conneely, benefits manager for the Office of Human Resources, will be conducting information sessions to discuss retirement planning from UMass Boston. Group discussions will cover State Retirement applications, GIC/Medicare options, and other retirement information for UMass Boston retirees. These sessions are most beneficial for those who are considering retirement within the next two years.

We would strongly encourage that you call the State Retirement Board at 617.367.7770, ask for a retirement counselor, and request a retirement estimate to be mailed to your home address before attending one of the group discussions.

Group discussions will take place in the Quinn Administration Building, 3rd Floor, Room 308 on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 15 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Monday, September 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Monday, November 6, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Please send an email to Barbara Jean Conneely to sign up for one of the sessions or if you have any questions.

Financial Sessions, Credit Union(s), MetLife, and MassRIDES

The Department of Human Resources is pleased to announce that representatives from various benefit providers will be available on campus to meet with you for your convenience. If you would like to meet with one of the representatives from MetLife, Fidelity, VALIC, Empower, Metro Credit, or MassRIDES, please contact them to ensure that they will be on campus on the dates listed below:

June 12, 2017
July 6, 2017
August 7, 2017
September 18, 2017
October 11, 2017
November 6, 2017
December 13, 2017

Drop-In Location: Campus Center, 2nd Floor, Catwalk
Drop-In Times: Noon–2 p.m.

One-on-One Appointments

Vendors are also available for private one-on-one sessions. All scheduled one-on-one sessions will take place in the Campus Center, 2nd Floor, Room 2540 unless otherwise noted.

To schedule a one-on-one appointment, please contact the representative directly.

Fidelity - ORP & 403B

For a one on one appointment, call Michael Fraser, our Fidelity representative (number listed below) to schedule on the following days.  All appointments will be held in the Human Resources Office, Quinn Bldg. 3rd floor, room 80 between 8AM and 4PM.

June 8, 2017
June 20, 2017
July 10, 2017
August 1, 2017
August 17, 2017
August 28, 2017

Michael Fraser can be reached via email or by phone at 603.305.5590.


April 12, 2017  
One on One appointments with Chris Sullivan, TIAA-CREF rep

Human Resources Office, Quinn Bldg. 3rd floor, room 80 between 9AM and 4PM.  Call Susan Geist below to schedule.

Susan Geist can be reached at 617-788-5906.


Clinton Hyland can be reached via email or at 800.892.5558 ext. 87094.

Empower Retirement/Massachusetts Smart Plan - 457B

For a one on one appointment, call Marianne Cole, our Smart Plan representative (number listed below) to schedule on the following days.  All appointments will be held in the Human Resources Office, Quinn Bldg. 3rd floor, room 80 between 8:30 AM and 12:30 PM.

June 21, 2017
July 11, 2017
August 22, 2017

Marianne Cole can be reached via email or at 339.788.4621.

MetLife Auto and Home

Tammy Weaver can be reached via email or by phone at 508.372.9534.

Metro Credit Union

Mary Holland can be reached by email or by calling the MCU's main number (877.696.3876). You can also visit the Metro Credit Union website.


MassRIDES is the one-stop resource on sustainable travel throughout the commonwealth. MassRIDES is here to help you improve your commute and reduce the number of solo drivers on our roads.

  • Carpool
  • Bicycle
  • Ride transit
  • NuRide (helps you find carpool matches)
  • Vanpool
  • Walk
  • Emergency ride home

Details regarding MassRIDES can be found online at:

Taylor Rock

Benefits at a Glance

Employee Assistance Program

ComPsych GuidanceResources is your provider of Employee Assistance services.

Get details on the Employee Assistance Program



New Employee Orientation

As a newly benefited employee it is important that you attend an orientation session to familiarize yourself with the benefits offered through your employment at UMass Boston.

Please be advised, enrollment forms for benefits such as health, life and long term disability insurance must be completed and returned to the Human Resources Benefits Office within 10 days of your date of hire. (Please Note: For Family plans a Marriage Certificate and/or Birth Certificate for dependents are required)

2017 New Employee Orientation  9:00 am 

June 6
June 20
July 6 *
July 18
August 1
August 9 *
August 17 *
August 25
August 28
August 31 from 10 - 12 & 1 - 3 (Faculty only)
September 6 *
September 12
September 21
October 3
October 17
October 31
November 15 *
November 28
December 12

All orientations will be held in Conference Room 308, unless otherwise noted.  Please note that all orientations are subject to change.

* Orientation held in Chancellor's Conference Room
   Quinn 3rd floor

Please contact Linda McDonough at 617.287. 5168 to verify Orientation times.

Other Benefits

Pretax Programs


The federal government requires that every employee contribute to some form of retirement savings plan. Required, and optional plans, are here.

Tuition Benefits

Full-time benefited employees, their spouses, same sex domestic partners and unmarried dependent children (through age 25) meeting eligibility and admission requirements, will receive a 100% tuition credit per semester for regularly scheduled courses. Learn how to get tuition and remission forms here.

Leaving UMass Boston

When employment ends with the university, you still have options for maintaining your benefits. You also have options on how you wish to handle your contributions to state retirement, and you may be eligible for unemployment insurance. Read about your options here.

Voluntary Separation Incentive Program