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Benefits at a Glance

Below is a list of many of the benefits available to new employees at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Some benefits do differ per union. Please refer to the posting or your offer letter to determine your union status. For a complete list of benefits, please refer to the Benefits section of this site.

Classified Staff Union (CSU/MTA)

Health Insurance

As a regular, benefited employee you have the opportunity to join one of 10 health plans with comprehensive coverage for necessary medical treatment, preventative care and prescription drugs offered by UMass Boston through GIC (Group Insurance Commission). GIC provides and administers health insurance and other benefits to the commonwealth’s employees and retirees, and their dependents and survivors.

Review the GIC Benefit Decision Guide and plan materials for details. Select the plan that meets your health care needs. The plans currently offered include:

  • Fallon Direct Care (HMO)
  • Fallon Select Care (HMO)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Primary Choice (HMO)
  • Health New England (HMO)
  • NHP Care (Neighborhood Health Plan) (HMO)
  • Tufts Health Plan Navigator (POS)
  • Tufts Health Plan Spirit (HMO)
  • Unicare State Indemnity Community Choice Plan (PPO-Type)
  • Unicare State Indemnity Plan w/CIC (Indemnity)
  • Unicare State Indemnity Plan Plus (PPO-Type)

Cost: UMass Boston pays 75% of your premium and you are responsible for 25% of the premium which is deducted biweekly from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis. 

Enrollment Due Date: If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment. You must enroll within 10 days of your initial start date.  If you are enrolling in a family plan, please bring a copy of your marriage certificate for a spouse and a copy of a birth certificate for any dependents, and Social Security Numbers for all enrollees to your New Faculty Benefits Orientation.

Your next opportunity to change your plan will be during the next Annual Enrollment period. You may enroll sooner if you have a qualifying event with documented proof within 45 days of change (e.g., change in family status, involuntary loss of other coverage or move out of the service area). The Annual Enrollment period occurs early April to early May each year with coverage effective July 1.

Additional health plan information and rates can be found online at:  www.mass.gov/gic

Benefit Decision Guide: 2017 Decision Guide coming soon!

Life Insurance

Basic Life Insurance

If you have enrolled in a health plan with GIC, you will also gain $5,000 of basic life insurance coverage. Life insurance is administered by GIC and the carrier is The Hartford.

Optional Life Insurance

You may purchase additional optional group term life insurance (for employee only) at low cost group rates.

You may enroll in up to 8 times your annual salary without medical evidence of insurability as a new hire.

If you enroll at a later date, you will need to prove medical evidence of insurability, unless you have a qualifying event due to a marriage, birth, divorce or death and documented proof within 20 days of change.

Review the life insurance booklet online at: 2017 brochure coming soon!

Employee Cost: 
Basic Life $1.63 per month
Optional Life (see Page 21 of the Benefit Decision Guide)

Enrollment Due Date: If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment. You must enroll within 10 days of your initial start date. 

Disability

Long-Term Disability (LTD)

You may purchase LTD coverage. Your long term disability is administered by GIC and the carrier is Unum.  Coverage begins when you are continually disabled for more than 90 days. The plan will pay 55% of your pre-tax income, up to a maximum of $10,000 per month. 

Employee Cost:  Plan based on age/salary (see Page 19 of the GIC Benefit Decision Guide)

Enrollment Due Date: If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment. You must enroll within 10 days of your initial start date.

You may enroll in this plan as a new hire without evidence of medical insurability or at any time during the year with evidence of medical insurability.

View the long-term disability overview online at: http://www.mass.gov/anf/employee-insurance-and-retirement-benefits/employee-health-and-other-insurance-benefits/long-term-disability/ltd-overview.html

Review the long term disability brochure

Short-Term Disability

UMass Boston does not provide a short-term disability plan. 

 

Classified Staff Union (FS) Sick Leave Bank Program

You may enroll in the Sick Leave Bank program by donating some of your own sick time to the bank.  Upon approval from the Sick Leave Bank Committee, the program may continue to pay you bi-weekly after you have used up all your unused sick accruals. View the CSU sick leave policy online.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Through GIC, you may enroll in a flexible spending account that allows you to pay eligible health care or dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. Flexible spending accounts are administered by ASIFlex. Your taxable income is reduced by the amount you decide to contribute.

Health Care Spending Account (HCSA)

Defer $250 - $2,550 per year on a pre-tax basis 
Use for eligible co-pays, deductibles and non-covered health/dental expenses.

Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP)

Defer up to $5,000 per year on a pre-tax basis
Use for child and elder care costs; after school; daycare

Employee Cost: Monthly fee of $2.50 for one or both plans. 

Enrollment Due Date: If elected, coverage for HCSA begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment.  DCAP is effective the first day of work. You must enroll within 60 days of your initial start date.

Your next opportunity to change your election(s) will be during the next Open Enrollment period. However, if you have a qualifying event (e.g., change in family status, gain/loss of Medicare/Medicaid or a change in employment status) with proof, you may change your election sooner.

Details regarding HCSA and DCAP spending accounts can be found online at: http://asiflex.com/GIC/

Dental

Your dental coverage (individual or family), is administered by Massachusetts Public Employees Fund (MPEF).

Cost:          
Individual coverage     No Cost      Family coverage           No Cost

Enrollment Due Date:  If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 6 months of employment.  A packet will be sent to your home address from MPEF approximately 5 months into your employment.  You must enroll yourself and your family by filling out the appropriate form and attaching a copy of your marriage certificate for a spouse, a copy of a birth certificate for any dependents, and social security numbers for all enrollees within 30 days.

Your next opportunity to change your plan will be during the next Annual Enrollment period.  You may enroll sooner if you have a qualifying event with documented proof (e.g.: change in family status, involuntary loss of other coverage). The

Annual Enrollment period occurs in May/June each year with coverage effective July 1st.

The MPEF offers members coverage for routine comprehensive eye exams and eyewear from either:

  1. Davis Vision Provider Network Plan, consisting of private vision care providers and retail locations, or
  2. Alternative Vision Plan, a direct reimbursement option for services received by an out-of-network provider of your choice

The fund offers its members a choice between three dental plans:

  • MPE Exclusive Provider Network (EPN) - Your plan has co-payments and a $1,300 annual plan maximum for each family member each Plan Year. Payments for preventive, diagnostic and orthodontic services are not deducted from this annual maximum. If you are enrolled in the EPN Plan and receive services from a dentist that does not participate in the MPE EPN Plan, no benefits will be paid by the Fund.
  • MPE Dental Wellness Plan - Co-payments are the same as those listed under the MPE EPN. This plan has a $1,300 annual plan maximum for each family member each Plan Year. Payments for preventive, diagnostic and orthodontic treatment are not deducted from this annual maximum. Additionally, this plan offers a Carryover Maximum benefit.
  • Indemnity Plan - Members who enroll in the Indemnity Plan have a $1,300 annual plan maximum for each family member each Plan Year. Payments for preventive, diagnostic and orthodontic treatment are not deducted from this annual maximum.

Eligible employees and most dependents may receive the vision benefit once every 24 months. Dependents age 14 and under may receive a vision benefit once every 12 months

For additional plan info visit Massachusetts Public Employee Fund. online at: http://www.mpefund.org/

Retirement

Mandatory

Employees must enroll in state retirement. Your retirement is administered by the State Board of Retirement. Participation in the MA State Employee Retirement System (MSERS) is mandatory, paid by employee on a pre-tax basis, in lieu of Social Security (Windfall Provision). This may impact your future Social Security benefits.

The plan is a Defined Benefit Plan. You contribute 9% of your annual salary and an additional 2% of your salary above $30,000. The plan is designed to provide you a monthly income based on your age, salary, and years of service at the time you retire.

Details regarding your retirement can be found online at:  http://www.mass.gov/treasury/retirement/state-board-of-retire/

View the retirement benefit guide online at: http://www.mass.gov/treasury/docs/retirement/retguide2015.pdf

Enrollment Due Date: The State Retirement Enrollment Form must be completed and returned with all other forms contained in your pre-employment packet. 

Optional

You may voluntarily defer additional income into a 457(b) or a 403(b) plan up to an IRS limit of $18,000 or $24,000 if you are 50 years old or over for calendar year 2016.

403(b) Plans

Your optional 403(b) retirement plan is administered by UMB Office of the President and the carriers are: Fidelity- Plan ID: 50266, TIAA-CREF - Access Code: UMASS403b and VALIC-Access Code: 6933201 are the carriers.

Details regarding an optional 403(b) plan can be found online at: https://www.umassp.edu/employee-center/elective-deferral-retirement-plans

Enrollment Due Date: Anytime

457(b) Plan - (Smart Plan)

Your optional 457 retirement plan is administered and carried by Empower Retirement. Details regarding an optional 457 plan can be found online at: https://www.umassp.edu/employee-center/elective-deferral-retirement-plans

Enrollment Due Date: Anytime

Time Off

Vacation Days

(time is accrued bi-weekly based on hours worked according to the schedule below.)                   

    Hours Leave per hours worked
Less than 54 months .038462 75 hours (10 days per year)
54 months to 113 months .057693 112.5 hours (15 days per year)
114 months to 233 months .076924 150 hours (20 days per year)
234 + months .0961534 187.5 hours (25 days per year
Personal Days

(You will receive 6 personal days each January which must be used by December 31st of that year.) Pro-rated first year depending on hire date:

January 1 - March 31 45 hours (6 days)
April 1 - June 30 30 hours (4 days)
July 1 - September 30 15 hours (2 days)
October 1 - December 31 0 hours


View pay advice for your bi-weekly accrual balances online at: https://hr.umb.edu/hr-direct

Holidays

11 holidays listed below (pro-rated for part-time) & 2 Campus Closure Days

  • New Year’s Day   
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Patriots’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

View the UMass Boston 2016 Annual Pay Calendar at: https://hr.umb.edu/uploads/documents/Pay_Calendar_2016.pdf

Campus Parking Info

Through the Parking and Transportation Department employees you eligible for the pre-tax benefit program for on-site parking. Various parking passes are available. Details regarding parking on campus can be found online at: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/parking

To enroll in the pre-tax payroll deduction program visit: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/parking/fees/parking_pretax_deduction

View pre-tax parking fees online at: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/parking/fees

Free Shuttle

Route 1 - From JFK/UMass T Station to Campus (Campus Center and Clark Athletics Center every 5 minutes)

Route 2 - From JFK/UMass T Station to JFK Library and Campus (Campus Center and Clark Athletics Center every 20 minutes)

Route 3 – From Bayside Parking Lot to Campus (Campus Center and Clark Athletic Center every 10 minutes)

The UMass Boston app allows smartphone users to view real-time shuttle bus information. The UMass Boston app also provides other helpful information such as news, events, dining options and campus changes.

View the shuttle bus schedule online at: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/commuting/public_transit

MBTA

Through the Qualified Transportation Benefits Program (QTBP) you are eligible for a pre-tax benefit program that includes both parking (off-site parking) and transit expenses. QTBP is administered by Benefit Strategies.

Cost: Monthly fee for this program is $1.50.

To enroll in the QTBP visit: https://www.benstrat.com/ctbform/index.php

MassRIDES

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: http://www.commute.com/

Tuition Benefits

Tuition credit for the 5 UMass campuses (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, Worcester) *some exclusions may apply

Tuition remission for Massachusetts State Universities, Massachusetts State, and Community Colleges.

For qualified dependents, you may receive up to 50% Curriculum/Operating fee credit (for qualified employees only). 

View tuition credit/remission benefit information online at: https://hr.umb.edu/benefits/tuition-benefits

Enrollment Due Date: Tuition Credit/Remission Form due before classes begin. Please allow a 72 hour turnaround time.

Additional Benefits

Faculty Staff Union (FSU/MTA) Non-Tenure Track

Health Insurance

As a regular, benefited employee you have the opportunity to join one of 10 health plans with comprehensive coverage for necessary medical treatment, preventative care and prescription drugs offered by UMass Boston through GIC (Group Insurance Commission). GIC provides and administers health insurance and other benefits to the commonwealth’s employees and retirees, and their dependents and survivors.

Review the GIC Benefit Decision Guide and plan materials for details. Select the plan that meets your health care needs. The plans currently offered include:

  • Fallon Select Care (HMO)
  • Fallon Direct Care (HMO)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Primary Choice (HMO)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Independence Plan (POS) (Closed to new enrollees effective July 1, 2016)
  • Health New England (HMO)
  • NHP Care (Neighborhood Health Plan) (HMO)
  • Tufts Health Plan Navigator (POS)
  • Tufts Health Plan Spirit (HMO)
  • Unicare State Indemnity Plan w/CIC (Indemnity)
  • Unicare State  Indemnity Plan Plus (PPO-Type)
  • Unicare State Indemnity Community Choice (PPO-Type)

Cost: UMass Boston pays 75% of your premium and you are responsible for 25% of the premium which is deducted biweekly from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis.

Enrollment Due Date: If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment. You must enroll within 10 days of your initial start date.  If you are enrolling in a family plan, please bring a copy of your marriage certificate for a spouse and a copy of a birth certificate for any dependents, and Social Security Numbers for all enrollees to your New Faculty Benefits Orientation.

Your next opportunity to change your plan will be during the next Annual Enrollment period. You may enroll sooner if you have a qualifying event with documented proof within 45 days of change (e.g., change in family status, involuntary loss of other coverage or move out of the service area). The Annual Enrollment period occurs early April to early May each year with coverage effective July 1.

Additional health plan information and rates can be found online at:  www.mass.gov/gic

Benefit Decision Guide:  2017 Decision Guide coming soon!

Life Insurance

Basic Life Insurance

If you have enrolled in a health plan with GIC, you will also gain $5,000 of basic life insurance coverage. Life insurance is administered by GIC and the carrier is The Hartford.

Optional Life Insurance

You may purchase additional optional group term life insurance (for employee only) at low cost group rates.

You may enroll in up to 8 times your annual salary without medical evidence of insurability as a new hire.

If you enroll at a later date, you will need to prove medical evidence of insurability, unless you have a qualifying event due to a marriage, birth, divorce or death and documented proof within 20 days of change.

Review the life insurance booklet online at:2017 brochure coming soon!

Employee Cost:  Basic Life $1.63 per month
Optional Life (see Page 21 of the Benefit Decision Guide)

Enrollment Due Date: If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment. You must enroll within 10 days of your initial start date. 

Disability

Long-Term Disability (LTD)

You may purchase LTD coverage. Your long term disability is administered by GIC and the carrier is Unum.  Coverage begins when you are continually disabled for more than 90 days. The plan will pay 55% of your pre-tax income, up to a maximum of $10,000 per month. 

Employee Cost:  Plan based on age/salary (see Page 19 of the GIC Benefit Decision Guide)

Enrollment Due Date: You must enroll within 10 days of your initial start date. If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment.

You may enroll in this plan as a new hire without evidence of medical insurability or at any time during the year with evidence of medical insurability.

Short-Term Disability: None

Faculty Staff Union (FSU) Sick Leave Bank Program

As a FSU member, you are automatically enrolled in the Sick Leave Bank program.  Upon approval from the sick leave bank committee, the program may continue to pay you bi-weekly after you have used up all your sick accruals.

View the FSU sick leave bank policy online at:
https://hr.umb.edu/uploads/documents/2006-7FacultySickLeaveBank.doc

View the long term disability overview online at: http://www.mass.gov/anf/employee-insurance-and-retirement-benefits/employee-health-and-other-insurance-benefits/long-term-disability/ltd-overview.html

Flexible Spending Accounts

Through GIC, you may enroll in a flexible spending account that allows you to pay eligible health care or dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. Flexible spending accounts are administered by ASIFlex. Your taxable income is reduced by the amount you decide to contribute.

Health Care Spending Account (HCSA)
  • Defer $250 - $2,550 per year on a pre-tax basis 
  • Use for eligible co-pays, deductibles and non-covered health/dental expenses.
Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP)
  • Defer up to $5,000 per year on a pre-tax basis
  • Use for child and elder care costs; after school; daycare

Employee Cost:  Monthly fee of $2.50 for one or both plans.

Enrollment Due Date:  You must enroll within 60 days of your initial start date.  If elected, coverage for HCSA begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment and DCAP is effective the first day of work.

Your next opportunity to change your election(s) will be during the next Open Enrollment period.  You may enroll sooner if you have a qualifying event with documented proof within 45 days of event (e.g.: change in family status, gain/loss of Medicare/Medicaid or a change in employment status).

Details regarding HCSA and DCAP spending accounts can be found online at: http://asiflex.com/GIC/

Dental

Your dental coverage (individual or family), is administered by Health Plans Inc. and the carrier is MetLife Group # 93994.

Cost: No Cost

Enrollment Due Date: If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 6 months of employment. If your benefited hire date is September 1, your dental insurance will be effective March 1.

You must enroll yourself and your family by filling out the appropriate form and attaching a copy of your marriage certificate for your spouse and a copy of a birth certificate for any dependents, and Social Security Numbers for all enrollees within 30 days.

For additional plan information visit Health Plans Inc. online at: https://bhe.healthplansinc.com/

To find a dentist visit MetLife online at: http://www.metlife.com/mybenefits

Coverage Type

In-Network   % fee*

Out-of-Network % fee*
Type A - cleaning, oral exam
Type B - fillings 
Type C - bridges, dentures
100%

80%
50%
80% of R&C fee*

60% of R&C fee*
30% of R&C fee*
Deductible In-Network Out-of-Network
Individual $50 $50
Family $150 $150
Annual Max Benefit In-Network Out-of -Network
Per person $1,200 $1,200

 

*Negotiated fee refers to the fees that participating dentists have agreed to accept as payment in full, subject to any co-payments, deductibles, cost sharing and benefits maximums. Negotiated fees are subject to change.

Retirement

Mandatory

There are two distinct types of retirement plans and it is mandatory you enroll in one. You are defaulted into the Massachusetts State Employee Retirement System (MSERS) and have 180 days to opt into the Optional Retirement Program (ORP), as it is an irrevocable decision. 

Mandatory retirement is paid by employee on a pre-tax basis, in lieu of Social Security (Windfall Provision). This may impact your future Social Security benefits. You contribute 9% of your annual salary and an additional 2% of your salary above $30,000. 

The MSERS is administered by the State Board of Retirement and is a Defined Benefit Plan. The plan is designed to provide you a monthly income based on your age, salary and years of service at the time you retire. 

Enrollment Due Date: This form must be returned when you complete and return all pre-employment paperwork that was included in your hiring packet.

Details regarding your retirement can be found online at:  http://www.mass.gov/treasury/retirement/state-board-of-retire/

View the retirement benefit guide online at: http://www.mass.gov/treasury/docs/retirement/retguide2015.pdf

Enrollment Due Date: The State Retirement Enrollment Form must be completed and returned with all other forms contained in your pre-employment packet. 

The Optional Retirement Program (ORP) is a defined contribution plan, which is a flexible and portable retirement plan for employees at the Commonwealth’s public institutions of higher education. The Department of Higher Education is the ORP plan administrator and Fidelity, TIAA-CREF and VALIC are the carriers.

Enrollment Due Date: All completed forms are due within 180 days from your hire date. This is an irrevocable decision.

Optional Supplemental Retirement Savings

You may voluntarily defer additional income into a 403(b) plan and/or a 457(b) plan up to an IRS limit of $18,000 (or $24,000 if you are 50 years old or over for calendar year 2016).

403(b) Plan  

Your optional 403(b) retirement plan is administered by University of Massachusetts President’s Office and the carrier is Fidelity.  The Plan ID number is 50266.

Enrollment Due Date:  Anytime

Details regarding an optional 403(b) plan can be found online at: https://www.umassp.edu/employee-center/elective-deferral-retirement-plans

457(b) Plan - (Smart Plan)

Your optional 457(b) retirement plan is administered and carried by Empower Retirement. 

Details regarding an optional 457 plan can be found online at: https://www.umassp.edu/employee-center/elective-deferral-retirement-plans

Enrollment Due Date: Anytime

Bargaining Unit

As a position covered by a union contract, Union Dues or an Agency Service Fee (if the employee decides not to join the bargaining unit) apply.  This deduction can be automatically deducted from your paycheck.

Please Note:  Some benefits are subject to change according to bargaining impact. 

Faculty Staff Union

For more information regarding your faculty staff union contract: https://hr.umb.edu/unions

Please Note: Latest Contract In Print

2016-2017 Cost: http://fsu.umb.edu

Time Off

(based on a 40 hour week and pro-rated for part-time)

Sick Days

Time is accrued bi-weekly up to 10 days per year for academic appointment and up to 15 days per year for calendar appointment.

View pay advice for your bi-weekly accrual balances online at: https://hr.umb.edu/hr-direct

Holidays
11 holidays listed below (pro-rated for part-time) & 2 Campus Closure Days
  • New Year’s Day   
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Patriots’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

View the UMass Boston 2016 Annual Pay Calendar at: https://hr.umb.edu/uploads/documents/Pay_Calendar_2016.pdf

Campus Parking Info

Through the Parking and Transportation Department you are eligible for the pre-tax benefit program for on-site parking. Various parking passes are available.

Details regarding parking on campus can be found online at: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/parking

To enroll in the pre-tax payroll deduction program visit: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/parking/fees/parking_pretax_deduction

View pre-tax parking fees online at: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/parking/fees

Free Shuttle

Route 1 - From JFK/UMass T Station to Campus (Campus Center and Clark Athletics Center every 5 minutes)

Route 2 - From JFK/UMass T Station to JFK Library and Campus (Campus Center and Clark Athletics Center every 20 minutes)

Route 3 – From Bayside Parking Lot to Campus (Campus Center and Clark Athletic Center every 10 minutes)

The UMass Boston app allows smartphone users to view real-time shuttle bus information. The UMass Boston app also provides other helpful information such as news, events, dining options and campus changes.

View the shuttle bus schedule online at: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/commuting/public_transit

MBTA

Through the Qualified Transportation Benefits Program (QTBP) you are eligible for a pre-tax benefit program that includes both parking (off-site parking) and transit expenses. QTBP is administered by Benefit Strategies.

Cost: Monthly fee for this program is $1.50.

To enroll in the QTBP visit: https://www.benstrat.com/ctbform/index.php

MassRIDES

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: http://www.commute.com/

Tuition Benefits

For you to be eligible for the tuition credit benefit, your effective date of employment must be on or prior to the first day of classes. Also, you may take only 1 course, not to exceed 4 credits, during your work week.

Tuition Credit is for UMass 5 Campuses (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, and Worcester) (excludes UMass Law School and physician training at UMass Worcester Medical School).

Tuition Remission is for courses offered at any Massachusetts Public Higher Education college and universities (excludes UMass Law School and physician training at UMass Worcester Medical School).

Curriculum/Operating Fee – 50% waiver for qualified dependents only.

Enrollment Due Date: Tuition Credit/Remission form is due before classes begin. Please allow 72 hours for processing.

View tuition credit/remission benefit info online at:
https://hr.umb.edu/benefits/tuition-benefits

 

Additional Benefits

Faculty Staff Union (FSU/MTA) - Tenure and Tenure Track

Health Insurance

As a regular, benefited employee you have the opportunity to join one of 10 health plans with comprehensive coverage for necessary medical treatment, preventative care and prescription drugs offered by UMass Boston through GIC (Group Insurance Commission). GIC provides and administers health insurance and other benefits to the Commonwealth’s employees and retirees, and their dependents and survivors.

Review the GIC Benefit Decision Guide and plan materials for details.  Select the plan that meets your health care needs.  The plans currently offered include:

  • Fallon Select Care (HMO)
  • Fallon Direct Care (HMO)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Primary Choice (HMO)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Independence Plan (POS) (Closed to new enrollees effective July 1, 2016)
  • Health New England (HMO)
  • NHP Care (Neighborhood Health Plan) (HMO)
  • Tufts Health Plan Navigator (POS)
  • Tufts Health Plan Spirit (HMO)
  • Unicare State Indemnity Plan w/CIC (Indemnity)
  • Unicare State Indemnity Plan Plus (PPO-Type)
  • Unicare State Indemnity Community Choice (PPO-Type)

Cost: UMass Boston pays 75% of your premium and you are responsible for 25% of the premium which are deducted biweekly from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis.

Tenure or Tenure Track Faculty may receive up to $500.00 per month reimbursement for COBRA or another health plan, with proof, for the first two months of employment during waiting period.

Enrollment Due Date: You must enroll within 10 days of your initial start date.  If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment.  If you are enrolling in a family plan, please bring a copy of your marriage certificate for a spouse, a copy of a birth certificate for any dependents, and social security numbers for all enrollees to your benefits orientation.

Your next opportunity to change your plan will be during the next Annual Enrollment period.  You may enroll sooner if you have a qualifying event with documented proof within 45 days of change (e.g.: change in family status, involuntary loss of other coverage or move out of the service area). The Annual Enrollment period occurs early April to early May each year with coverage effective July 1st.

Additional health  plan  information and rates can be found online at:  www.mass.gov/gic

Benefit Decision Guide: 2017 Decision Guide coming soon!

Life Insurance

Basic Life Insurance

If you have enrolled in a health plan with GIC, you will also gain $5,000 of basic life insurance coverage. Life insurance is administered by GIC and the carrier is The Hartford.

Optional Life Insurance

You may purchase additional optional group term life insurance (for employee only) at low cost group rates.

You may enroll in up to 8 times your annual salary without medical evidence of insurability as a new hire.

If you enroll at a later date, you will need to prove medical evidence of insurability, unless you have a qualifying event due to a marriage, birth, divorce or death and documented proof within 20 days of changed event.

Review the life insurance booklet online at: 2017 brochure coming soon!

Employee Cost: 

Basic Life $1.63 per month
Optional Life (see Page 21 Benefit Decision Guide)

Enrollment Due Date:  If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment.  You must enroll within 10 days of your initial start date.

Disability

Long-Term Disability (LTD)

You may purchase LTD coverage. Your long term disability is administered by GIC and the carrier is Unum.  Coverage begins when you are continually disabled for more than 90 days.  The plan will pay 55% of your pre-tax income, up to a maximum of $10,000 per month. 

Employee Cost:  Plan based on age/salary (see Page 19 GIC Benefit Decision Guide)

Enrollment Due Date:  You must enroll within 10 days of your initial start date.  If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment. 

You may enroll in this plan as a new hire without evidence of medical insurability or at any time during the year with evidence of medical insurability.

Short-Term Disability (STD) None

Faculty Staff Union (FSU) Sick Leave Bank Program

As a FSU member, you are automatically enrolled in the Sick Leave Bank program.  Upon approval from the sick leave bank committee, the program may continue to pay you bi-weekly after you have used up all your sick accruals. 

View the FSU sick leave bank policy online at:
https://hr.umb.edu/uploads/documents/2006-7FacultySickLeaveBank.doc

View the long term disability overview online at: http://www.mass.gov/anf/employee-insurance-and-retirement-benefits/employee-health-and-other-insurance-benefits/long-term-disability/ltd-overview.html

Flexible Spending Account

Through GIC, you may enroll in a flexible spending account that allows you to pay eligible health care or dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. Flexible spending accounts are administered by ASIFlex. Your taxable income is reduced by the amount you decide to contribute.

Health Care Spending Account (HCSA)
  • Defer $250 - $2,550 per year on a pre-tax basis 
  • Use for eligible co-pays, deductibles and non-covered health/dental expenses
Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP)
  • Defer up to $5,000 per year on a pre-tax basis
  • Use for child and elder care costs; after school; daycare

Employee Cost: Monthly fee of $2.50 for one or both plans.

Enrollment Due Date: You must enroll within 60 days of your initial start date.  If elected, coverage for HCSA begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment and DCAP is effective the first day of work.

Your next opportunity to change your election(s) will be during the next Open Enrollment period.  You may enroll sooner if you have a qualifying event with documented proof within 45 days of event (e.g.: change in family status, gain/loss of Medicare/Medicaid or a change in employment status).

Details regarding HCSA and DCAP spending accounts can be found online at: http://asiflex.com/GIC/

Dental

Your dental coverage (individual or family), is administered by Health Plans Inc. and the carrier is MetLife Group # 93994.

Cost:           No Cost

Enrollment Due Date:  If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 6 months of employment.  If your benefited hire date is September 1, your dental insurance will be effective March 1.

You must enroll yourself and your family by filling out the appropriate form and attaching a copy of your marriage certificate for spouse and a copy of a birth certificate for any dependents, and social security numbers for all enrollees within 30 days.

For additional plan info visit Health Plans Inc. online at: https://bhe.healthplansinc.com/

To find a dentist visit MetLife online at: www.metlife.com/mybenefits

Coverage Type In-Network % fee* Out-of-Network % fee*
Type A - cleaning, 
    oral exam
Type B - fillings 
Type C - bridges, dentures
100%

80%
50%


       
80% of R&C fee*

60% of R&C fee*
30% of R&C fee*
Deductible In-Network Out-of-Network
Individual
Family
$50
$150
$50
$150
Annual Max  Benefit In-Network Out-of-Network
Per Person $1,200 $1,200

*Negotiated fee refers to the fees that participating dentists have agreed to accept as payment in full, subject to any co-payments, deductibles, cost sharing and benefits maximums. Negotiated fees are subject to change.

Retirement

Mandatory

There are two distinct types of retirement plans and it is mandatory you enroll in one.  You are defaulted into the Massachusetts State Employee Retirement System (MSERS) and have 180 days to opt into the Optional Retirement Program (ORP), as it is an irrevocable decision. 

Mandatory retirement is paid by employee on a pre-tax basis, in lieu of Social Security (Windfall Provision). This may impact your future Social Security benefits. You contribute 9% of your annual salary and an additional 2% of your salary above $30,000. 

The MSERS is administered by the State Board of Retirement and is a Defined Benefit Plan. The plan is designed to provide you a monthly income based on your age, salary and years of service at the time you retire. 

Enrollment Due Date: This form must be returned when you complete and return all pre-employment paperwork that was included in your hiring packet.

Details regarding your retirement can be found online at:  http://www.mass.gov/treasury/retirement/state-board-of-retire/

View the retirement benefit guide online at: http://www.mass.gov/treasury/docs/retirement/retguide2015.pdf

The Optional Retirement Program (ORP) is a defined contribution plan, which is a flexible and portable retirement plan for employees at the Commonwealth’s public institutions of higher education. The Department of Higher Education is the ORP plan administrator and Fidelity, TIAA-CREF and VALIC are the carriers.

Enrollment Due Date: All completed forms are due within 180 days from your hire date.

Details regarding the ORP retirement program can be found online at: http://www.mass.edu/forfacstaff/orp/home.asp

GAP Plan

For employees whose earnings exceed $169,600 in 2016 (which is 64% of the federal compensation limit in the effective plan year), must enroll in the mandatory University of Massachusetts 401(a) Retirement Gap Plan (the “Plan”).

https://www.umass.edu/humres/sites/default/files/GAP%20Plan%20Overview%20Document%20-%20031016.pdf

Optional Supplemental Retirement Savings

You may voluntarily defer additional income into a 403(b) plan and/or a 457(b) plan up to an IRS limit of $18,000 (or $24,000 if you are 50 years old or over for calendar year 2016).

403(b) Plan

Your optional 403(b) retirement plan is administered by University of Massachusetts President’s Office and the carrier is Fidelity.  The Plan ID number is 50266.

Enrollment Due Date: Anytime

Details regarding an optional 403(b) plan can be found online at: https://www.umassp.edu/employee-center/elective-deferral-retirement-plans

457(b) Plan - (Smart Plan)

Your optional 457(b) retirement plan is administered and carried by Empower Retirement. 

Details regarding an optional 457 plan can be found online at: https://www.umassp.edu/employee-center/elective-deferral-retirement-plans

Enrollment Due Date: Anytime

Bargaining Unit

As a position covered by a union contract, Union Dues or an Agency Service Fee (if the employee decides not to join the bargaining unit) apply.  This deduction can be automatically deducted from your paycheck.

Please Note:  Some benefits are subject to change according to bargaining impact. 

Faculty Staff Union

For more information regarding your faculty staff union contract:
https://hr.umb.edu/unions

Please Note: Latest Contract In Print

2016-2017 Cost: http://fsu.umb.edu/

Time Off

(based on a 40 hour week and pro-rated for part-time)

Sick Days

Time is accrued bi-weekly up to 10 days per year for academic appointment and up to 15 days per year for calendar appointment.

View pay advice for your bi-weekly accrual balances online at: https://hr.umb.edu/hr-direct

Holidays

11 holidays listed below (pro-rated for part-time) & 2 Campus Closure Days

  • New Year’s Day   
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Patriots’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

View the UMass Boston 2016 Annual Pay Calendar at: https://hr.umb.edu/uploads/documents/Pay_Calendar_2016.pdf

Campus Parking Info

Through the Parking and Transportation Department you are eligible for the pre-tax benefit program for on-site parking. Various parking passes are available.

Details regarding parking on campus can be found online at: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/parking

To enroll in the pre-tax payroll deduction program visit: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/parking/fees/parking_pretax_deduction

View pre-tax parking fees online at: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/parking/fees

Free Shuttle

Route 1 - From JFK/UMass T Station to Campus (Campus Center and Clark Athletics Center every 5 minutes)

Route 2 - From JFK/UMass T Station to JFK Library and Campus (Campus Center and Clark Athletics Center every 20 minutes)

Route 3 – From Bayside Parking Lot to Campus (Campus Center and Clark Athletic Center every 10 minutes)

The UMass Boston app allows smartphone users to view real-time shuttle bus information. The UMass Boston app also provides other helpful information such as news, events, dining options and campus changes.

View the shuttle bus schedule online at: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/commuting/public_transit

MBTA

Through the Qualified Transportation Benefits Program (QTBP) you are eligible for a pre-tax benefit program that includes both parking (off-site parking) and transit expenses. QTBP is administered by Benefit Strategies.

Cost: Monthly fee for this program is $1.50.

To enroll in the QTBP visit: https://www.benstrat.com/ctbform/index.php

MassRIDES

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: http://www.commute.com/

Tuition Benefits

For you to be eligible for the tuition credit benefit, your effective date of employment must be on or prior to the first day of classes. Also, you may take only 1 course, not to exceed 4 credits, during your work week.

Tuition Credit is for UMass 5 Campuses (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, and Worcester) (excludes UMass Law School and physician training at UMass Worcester Medical School).

Tuition Remission is for courses offered at any Massachusetts Public Higher Education college and universities (excludes UMass Law School and physician training at UMass Worcester Medical School).

Curriculum/Operating Fee – 50% waiver for qualified dependents only.

Enrollment Due Date: Tuition Credit/Remission form is due before classes begin. Please allow 72 hours for processing.

View tuition credit/remission benefit info online at:

https://hr.umb.edu/benefits/tuition-benefits

Additional Benefits

Non-Unit Classified

Health Insurance

As a regular, benefited employee you have the opportunity to join one of 10 health plans with comprehensive coverage for necessary medical treatment, preventative care and prescription drugs offered by UMass Boston through GIC (Group Insurance Commission). GIC provides and administers health insurance and other benefits to the commonwealth’s employees and retirees, and their dependents and survivors.

Review the GIC Benefit Decision Guide and plan materials for details. Select the plan that meets your health care needs. The plans currently offered include:

  • Fallon Direct Care (HMO)
  • Fallon Select Care (HMO)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Primary Choice (HMO)
  • Health New England (HMO)
  • NHP Care (Neighborhood Health Plan) (HMO)
  • Tufts Health Plan Navigator (POS)
  • Tufts Health Plan Spirit (HMO)
  • Unicare State Indemnity Community Choice Plan (PPO-Type)
  • Unicare State Indemnity Plan w/CIC (Indemnity)
  • Unicare State Indemnity Plan Plus (PPO-Type)

Cost: UMass Boston pays 75% of your premium and you are responsible for 25% of the premium which are deducted biweekly from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis. 

Enrollment Due Date: If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment. You must enroll within 10 days of your initial start date.  If you are enrolling in a family plan, please bring a copy of your marriage certificate for a spouse and a copy of a birth certificate for any dependents, and Social Security Numbers for all enrollees to your benefits orientation.

Your next opportunity to change your plan will be during the next Annual Enrollment period. You may enroll sooner if you have a qualifying event with documented proof within 45 days of change (e.g., change in family status, involuntary loss of other coverage or move out of the service area). The Annual Enrollment period occurs early April to early May each year with coverage effective July 1.

Additional health plan information and rates can be found online at:  www.mass.gov/gic

Benefit Decision Guide:  2017 Decision Guide coming soon!

Life Insurance

Basic Life Insurance

If you have enrolled in a health plan with GIC, you will also gain $5,000 of basic life insurance coverage. Life insurance is administered by GIC and the carrier is The Hartford.

Optional Life Insurance

You may purchase additional optional group term life insurance (for employee only) at low cost group rates.

You may enroll in up to 8 times your annual salary without medical evidence of insurability as a new hire.

If you enroll at a later date, you will need to prove medical evidence of insurability, unless you have a qualifying event due to a marriage, birth, divorce or death and documented proof within 20 days of change.

Review the life insurance booklet online at: 2017 brochure coming soon!

Employee Cost: 
Basic Life $1.63 per month
Optional Life (see Page 21 of the Benefit Decision Guide)

Enrollment Due Date: If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment. You must enroll within 10 days of your initial start date. 

Disability

Long-Term Disability (LTD)

You may purchase LTD coverage. Your long term disability is administered by GIC and the carrier is Unum.  Coverage begins when you are continually disabled for more than 90 days. The plan will pay 55% of your pre-tax income, up to a maximum of $10,000 per month. 

Employee Cost:  Plan based on age/salary (see Page 19 of the GIC Benefit Decision Guide)

Enrollment Due Date: If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment. You must enroll within 10 days of your initial start date.

You may enroll in this plan as a new hire without evidence of medical insurability or at any time during the year with evidence of medical insurability.

Short-Term Disability

UMass Boston does not provide a short-term disability plan. 

Employee Sick Leave Bank

You may enroll in the Sick Leave Bank program by donating some of your own sick time to the bank. Upon approval from the Sick Leave Bank Committee, the program may continue to pay you bi-weekly after you have used up all accumulated sick, personal and vacation accruals. 

View the PSU sick leave policy online at: https://hr.umb.edu/uploads/documents/PSU-MTA_SLB_Policies_1-2009_FINAL_clean.doc

View the long-term disability overview online at: http://www.mass.gov/anf/employee-insurance-and-retirement-benefits/employee-health-and-other-insurance-benefits/long-term-disability/ltd-overview.html

Flexible Spending Accounts

Through GIC, you may enroll in a flexible spending account that allows you to pay eligible health care or dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. Flexible spending accounts are administered by ASIFlex. Your taxable income is reduced by the amount you decide to contribute.

Health Care Spending Account (HCSA)
  • Defer $250 - $2,550 per year on a pre-tax basis 
  • Use for eligible co-pays, deductibles and non-covered health/dental expenses.
Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP)
  • Defer up to $5,000 per year on a pre-tax basis
  • Use for child and elder care costs; after school; daycare

Employee Cost: Monthly fee of $2.50 for one or both plans. 

Enrollment Due Date: If elected, coverage for HCSA begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment. DCAP is effective the first day of work. You must enroll within 60 days of your initial start date.

Your next opportunity to change your election(s) will be during the next Open Enrollment period. However, if you have a qualifying event (e.g., change in family status, gain/loss of Medicare/Medicaid or a change in employment status) with proof, you may change your election sooner.

Details regarding HCSA and DCAP spending accounts can be found online at: http://asiflex.com/GIC/

Dental

Your dental coverage (individual or family), is administered by Health Plans Inc. and the carrier is MetLife Group # 105385.

Cost

Individual coverage        $22.80/month  
Family coverage $45.60/month

Enrollment Due Date:  If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment. You must enroll within 30 days of your start date.

Your next opportunity to change your plan will be during the next Annual Enrollment period.  However, if you have a qualifying event (e.g., change in family status, involuntary loss of other coverage or move out of the service area) with proof, you may enroll sooner. The Annual Enrollment period occurs in November/December each year with coverage effective January 1.

Visit Health Plans Inc. online at: https://bhe.healthplansinc.com/

To find a dentist visit MetLife online at: http://www.metlife.com/mybenefits

Coverage Type In-Network % fee* Out-of-Network % fee*
Type A - cleaning, 
    oral exam
Type B - fillings 
Type C - bridges, dentures
Type D - orthodontia         
100%

80%
50%

50%
       
100% of R&C fee*

80% of R&C fee*
50% of R&C fee*

50% of R&C fee*
Deductible In-Network Out-of-Network
Individual
Family
$25
$75
$25
$75
Annual Max  Benefit In-Network Out-of-Network
Per Person $1,500 $1,500
Orthodontia Lifetime Max In-Network Out-of-Network
Per Person $1,500 $1,500

*Negotiated fee refers to the fees that participating dentists have agreed to accept as payment in full, subject to any co-payments, deductibles, cost sharing and benefits maximums. Negotiated fees are subject to change.

Retirement

Mandatory

Employees must enroll in state retirement. Your retirement is administered by the State Board of Retirement. Participation in the MA State Employee Retirement System (MSERS) is mandatory, paid by employee on a pre-tax basis, in lieu of Social Security (Windfall Provision). This may impact your future Social Security benefits.

The plan is a Defined Benefit Plan. You contribute 9% of your annual salary and an additional 2% of your salary above $30,000. The plan is designed to provide you a monthly income based on your age, salary, and years of service at the time you retire.

Details regarding your retirement can be found online at:  http://www.mass.gov/treasury/retirement/state-board-of-retire/

View the retirement benefit guide online at: http://www.mass.gov/treasury/docs/retirement/retguide2015.pdf

Enrollment Due Date: The State Retirement Enrollment Form must be completed and returned with all other forms contained in your pre-employment packet. 

Optional

You may voluntarily defer additional income into a 457(b) or a 403(b) plan up to an IRS limit of $18,000 or $24,000 if you are 50 years old or over for calendar year 2016.

403(b) Plans

Your optional 403(b) retirement plan is administered by UMB Office of the President and the carriers are: Fidelity- Plan ID: 50266, TIAA-CREF - Access Code: UMASS403b and VALIC-Access Code: 6933201 are the carriers.

Details regarding an optional 403(b) plan can be found online at: https://www.umassp.edu/employee-center/elective-deferral-retirement-plans

Enrollment Due Date: Anytime

457(b) Plan - (Smart Plan)

Your optional 457 retirement plan is administered and carried by Empower Retirement.       

Details regarding an optional 457 plan can be found online at: https://www.umassp.edu/employee-center/elective-deferral-retirement-plans

Enrollment Due Date: Anytime

Time Off

(based on a 37.5 hour week and pro-rated for part-time)

Vacation Days

Unlike sick time and personal time, vacation time is accrued throughout the year. Time is accrued bi-weekly based on hours worked according to the schedule below. The number of hours that can be accrued in one year is based on the length of employment at UMass Boston.            

Months Employed at UMass Boston Vacation Time Earned Annually Vacation Time Earned Per Hours Worked
0-54
54-113
114-233
234+        
75 hours (10 days)
112.5 hours (15 days)
150 hours (20 days)
187.5 hours (25 days)
.038462
.057693
.076924
.0961534

Maximum accrual of 375 hours.

Personal Days

You will receive 3 personal days each January which must be used by December 31 of that year.

Sick Days

Time is accrued bi-weekly up to 12 days per year up to a maximum accrual of 900 hours.

View Pay Advice online for your biweekly accrual balances. https://hr.umb.edu/hr-direct

Holidays

11 holidays listed below (pro-rated for part-time) & 2 Campus Closure Days

  • New Year’s Day   
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Patriots’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

View the UMass Boston 2016 Annual Pay Calendar at: https://hr.umb.edu/uploads/documents/Pay_Calendar_2016.pdf

Campus Parking Info

Through the Parking and Transportation Department employees you eligible for the pre-tax benefit program for on-site parking. Various parking passes are available.

Details regarding parking on campus can be found online at: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/parking

To enroll in the pre-tax payroll deduction program visit: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/parking/fees/parking_pretax_deduction

View pre-tax parking fees online at: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/parking/fees

Free Shuttle

Route 1 - From JFK/UMass T Station to Campus (Campus Center and Clark Athletics Center every 5 minutes)

Route 2 - From JFK/UMass T Station to JFK Library and Campus (Campus Center and Clark Athletics Center every 20 minutes)

Route 3 – From Bayside Parking Lot to Campus (Campus Center and Clark Athletic Center every 10 minutes)

The UMass Boston app allows smartphone users to view real-time shuttle bus information. The UMass Boston app also provides other helpful information such as news, events, dining options and campus changes.

View the shuttle bus schedule online at: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/commuting/public_transit

MBTA

Through the Qualified Transportation Benefits Program (QTBP) you are eligible for a pre-tax benefit program that includes both parking (off-site parking) and transit expenses. QTBP is administered by Benefit Strategies.

Cost: Monthly fee for this program is $1.50.

To enroll in the QTBP visit: https://www.benstrat.com/ctbform/index.php

MassRIDES

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: http://www.commute.com/

Tuition Benefits

Tuition credit for the 5 UMass campuses (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, Worcester) *some exclusions may apply

Tuition remission for Massachusetts State Universities, Massachusetts State, and Community Colleges.

For qualified dependents, you may receive up to 50% Curriculum/Operating fee credit (for qualified employees only). 

View tuition credit/remission benefit info online at: https://hr.umb.edu/benefits/tuition-benefits

Enrollment Due Date: Tuition Credit/Remission Form due before classes begin. Please allow a 72 hour turnaround time.

Additional Benefits

Non-Unit Professional

Health Insurance

As a regular, benefited employee you have the opportunity to join one of 10 health plans with comprehensive coverage for necessary medical treatment, preventative care and prescription drugs offered by UMass Boston through GIC (Group Insurance Commission). GIC provides and administers health insurance and other benefits to the commonwealth’s employees and retirees, and their dependents and survivors.

Review the GIC Benefit Decision Guide and plan materials for details. Select the plan that meets your health care needs. The plans currently offered include:

  • Fallon Select Care (HMO)
  • Fallon Direct Care (HMO)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Primary Choice (HMO)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Independence Plan (POS) (Closed to new enrollees effective July 1, 2016)
  • Health New England (HMO)
  • NHP Care (Neighborhood Health Plan)  (HMO)
  • Tufts Health Plan Navigator (POS)
  • Tufts Health Plan Spirit (HMO)
  • Unicare State Indemnity Plan w/CIC (Indemnity)
  • Unicare State  Indemnity Plan Plus (PPO-Type)
  • Unicare State Indemnity Community Choice (PPO-Type)

Cost: UMass Boston pays 75% of your premium and you are responsible for 25% of the premium which are deducted biweekly from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis. 

Enrollment Due Date: If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment. You must enroll within 10 days of your initial start date.  If you are enrolling in a family plan, please bring a copy of your marriage certificate for a spouse and a copy of a birth certificate for any dependents, and Social Security Numbers for all enrollees to your benefits orientation.

Your next opportunity to change your plan will be during the next Annual Enrollment period. You may enroll sooner if you have a qualifying event with documented proof within 45 days of change (e.g., change in family status, involuntary loss of other coverage or move out of the service area). The Annual Enrollment period occurs early April to early May each year with coverage effective July 1.

Additional health plan information and rates can be found online at:  www.mass.gov/gic

Benefit Decision Guide:  2017 Decision Guide coming soon!

Life Insurance

Basic Life Insurance

If you have enrolled in a health plan with GIC, you will also gain $5,000 of basic life insurance coverage. Life insurance is administered by GIC and the carrier is The Hartford.

Optional Life Insurance

You may purchase additional optional group term life insurance (for employee only) at low cost group rates.

You may enroll in up to 8 times your annual salary without medical evidence of insurability as a new hire.

If you enroll at a later date, you will need to prove medical evidence of insurability, unless you have a qualifying event due to a marriage, birth, divorce or death and documented proof within 20 days of change.

Review the life insurance booklet online at: 2017 brochure coming soon!

Employee Cost: 
Basic Life $1.63 per month
Optional Life (see Page 21 of the Benefit Decision Guide)

Enrollment Due Date: If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment. You must enroll within 10 days of your initial start date. 

Disability

Long-Term Disability (LTD)

You may purchase LTD coverage. Your long term disability is administered by GIC and the carrier is Unum.  Coverage begins when you are continually disabled for more than 90 days. The plan will pay 55% of your pre-tax income, up to a maximum of $10,000 per month. 

Employee Cost:  Plan based on age/salary (see Page 19 of the GIC Benefit Decision Guide)

Enrollment Due Date: If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment. You must enroll within 10 days of your initial start date.

You may enroll in this plan as a new hire without evidence of medical insurability or at any time during the year with evidence of medical insurability.

Short-Term Disability: None

Non-Unit PSU Sick Leave Bank

You may enroll in the Sick Leave Bank program by donating some of your own sick time to the bank.  Upon approval from the sick leave bank committee, the program may continue to pay you bi-weekly after you have used up all accumulated sick, personal and vacation accruals. 

View the PSU sick leave policy online at:
https://hr.umb.edu/uploads/documents/PSU-MTA_SLB_Policies_1-2009_FINAL_clean.doc

View the long term disability overview online at:
http://www.mass.gov/anf/employee-insurance-and-retirement-benefits/employee-health-and-other-insurance-benefits/long-term-disability/ltd-overview.html

Flexible Spending Accounts

Through GIC, you may enroll in a flexible spending account that allows you to pay eligible health care or dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. Flexible spending accounts are administered by ASIFlex. Your taxable income is reduced by the amount you decide to contribute.

Health Care Spending Account (HCSA)

  • Defer $250 - $2,550 per year on a pre-tax basis 
  • Use for eligible co-pays, deductibles and non-covered health/dental expenses.

Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP)

  • Defer up to $5,000 per year on a pre-tax basis
  • Use for child and elder care costs; after school; daycare

Employee Cost: Monthly fee of $2.50 for one or both plans. 

Enrollment Due Date: If elected, coverage for HCSA begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment. DCAP is effective the first day of work. You must enroll within 60 days of your initial start date.

Your next opportunity to change your election(s) will be during the next Open Enrollment period.  You may enroll sooner if you have a qualifying event with documented proof within 45 days of event (e.g.: change in family status, gain/loss of Medicare/Medicaid or a change in employment status).

Details regarding HCSA and DCAP spending accounts can be found online at: http://asiflex.com/GIC/

Dental

Your dental coverage (individual or family), is administered by Health Plans Inc. and the carrier is MetLife Group # 105385.

Cost

Individual coverage        $22.80/month  
Family coverage $45.60/month

Enrollment Due Date:  If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment. You must enroll within 30 days of your start date.

Your next opportunity to change your plan will be during the next Annual Enrollment period.  You may enroll sooner if you have a qualifying event with documented proof (e.g.: change in family status, involuntary loss of other coverage). The Annual Enrollment period occurs in November/December each year with coverage effective January 1st.

For additional plan info visit Health Plans Inc. online at: https://bhe.healthplansinc.com/

To find a dentist visit MetLife online at: www.metlife.com/mybenefits

Coverage Type In-Network % fee* Out-of-Network % fee*
Type A - cleaning, 
    oral exam
Type B - fillings 
Type C - bridges, dentures
Type D - orthodontia         
100%

80%
50%

50%
       
100% of R&C fee*

80% of R&C fee*
50% of R&C fee*

50% of R&C fee*
Deductible In-Network Out-of-Network
Individual
Family
$25
$75
$25
$75
Annual Max  Benefit In-Network Out-of-Network
Per Person $1,500 $1,500
Orthodontia Lifetime Max In-Network Out-of-Network
Per Person $1,500 $1,500

*Negotiated fee refers to the fees that participating dentists have agreed to accept as payment in full, subject to any co-payments, deductibles, cost sharing and benefits maximums. Negotiated fees are subject to change.

Retirement

Mandatory

There are two distinct types of retirement plans and it is mandatory you enroll in one.  You are defaulted into the Massachusetts State Employee Retirement System (MSERS) and have 180 days to opt into the Optional Retirement Program (ORP), as it is an irrevocable decision. 

Mandatory retirement is paid by employee on a pre-tax basis, in lieu of Social Security (Windfall Provision). This may impact your future Social Security benefits. You contribute 9% of your annual salary and an additional 2% of your salary above $30,000. 

The MSERS is administered by the State Board of Retirement and is a Defined Benefit Plan. The plan is designed to provide you a monthly income based on your age, salary and years of service at the time you retire. 

Enrollment Due Date: This form must be returned when you complete an return all pre-employment paperwork that was included in your hiring packet.

Details regarding your retirement can be found online at:  http://www.mass.gov/treasury/retirement/state-board-of-retire/

View the retirement benefit guide online at: http://www.mass.gov/treasury/docs/retirement/retguide2015.pdf

Enrollment Due Date: The State Retirement Enrollment Form must be completed and returned with all other forms contained in your pre-employment packet. 

The Optional Retirement Program (ORP) is a defined contribution plan, which is a flexible and portable retirement plan for employees at the Commonwealth’s public institutions of higher education. The Department of Higher Education is the ORP plan administrator and Fidelity, TIAA-CREF and VALIC are the carriers.

Enrollment Due Date: All completed forms are due within 180 days from your hire date.

Details regarding the ORP retirement program can be found online at: http://www.mass.edu/forfacstaff/orp/home.asp

Supplemental

You may voluntarily defer additional income into a 457(b) or a 403(b) plan up to an IRS limit of $18,000 or $24,000 if you are 50 years old or over for calendar year 2016.

403(b) Plan

Your optional 403(b) retirement plan is administered by University of Massachusetts President’s Office and the carrier is Fidelity.  The Plan ID number is 50266.

Enrollment Due Date: Anytime

Details regarding an optional 403(b) plan can be found online at: https://www.umassp.edu/employee-center/elective-deferral-retirement-plans

457(b) Plan - (Smart Plan)

Your optional 457(b) retirement plan is administered and carried by Empower Retirement. 

Details regarding an optional 457 plan can be found online at: https://www.umassp.edu/employee-center/elective-deferral-retirement-plans

Enrollment Due Date: Anytime

Time Off

(based on a 40 hour week and pro-rated for part-time)

Vacation Days

Unlike sick time and personal time, vacation time is accrued throughout the year. Time is accrued bi-weekly based on hours worked according to the schedule below. The number of hours that can be accrued in one year is based on the length of employment at UMass Boston.            

Months Employed at UMass Boston Vacation Time Earned Annually Vacation Time Earned Per Hours Worked
0-59
60-119
120-239
240+        
150 hours (20 days)
157.5 hours (21 days)
165 hours (22 days)
172.5 hours (23 days)
.076924
.080770
.084616
.088462

Maximum accrual of 368 hours

Personal Days

You will receive 5 personal days each January which must be used by December 31 of that year.

Pro-rated First Year Depending on Hire Date

January 1-March 31        45 hours (5 days)  
April 1-June 30 30 hours (3 days)
July 1-September 30 15 hours (1 day)
October 1-December 31 0 hours/days
Sick Days

Time is accrued bi-weekly up to 12 days per year.

View Pay Advice online for your biweekly accrual balances. https://hr.umb.edu/hr-direct

Holidays

11 holidays listed below (pro-rated for part-time) & 2 Campus Closure Days

  • New Year’s Day   
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Patriots’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

View the UMass Boston 2016 Annual Pay Calendar at: https://hr.umb.edu/uploads/documents/Pay_Calendar_2016.pdf

Campus Parking Info

Through the Parking and Transportation Department employees are eligible for the pre-tax benefit program for on-site parking. Various parking passes are available.

Details regarding parking on campus can be found online at: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/parking

To enroll in the pre-tax payroll deduction program visit: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/parking/fees/parking_pretax_deduction

View pre-tax parking fees online at: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/parking/fees

Free Shuttle

Route 1 - From JFK/UMass T Station to Campus (Campus Center and Clark Athletics Center every 5 minutes)

Route 2 - From JFK/UMass T Station to JFK Library and Campus (Campus Center and Clark Athletics Center every 20 minutes)

Route 3 – From Bayside Parking Lot to Campus (Campus Center and Clark Athletic Center every 10 minutes)

The UMass Boston app allows smartphone users to view real-time shuttle bus information. The UMass Boston app also provides other helpful information such as news, events, dining options and campus changes.

View the shuttle bus schedule online at: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/commuting/public_transit

MBTA

Through the Qualified Transportation Benefits Program (QTBP) employees are eligible for a pre-tax benefit program that includes both parking (off-site parking) and transit expenses. QTBP is administered by Benefit Strategies.

Cost: Monthly fee for this program is $1.50.

To enroll in the QTBP visit: https://www.benstrat.com/ctbform/index.php

MassRIDES

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: http://www.commute.com/

Tuition Benefits

For you to be eligible for tuition credit benefits, your effective date of employment must be on or prior to the first day of classes. Also, you may take only 1 course, not to exceed 4 credits, during your work week.

Tuition Credits for the 5 UMass campuses (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, Worcester) (excludes UMass Law School and physician training at UMass Worcester Medical School).

Tuition Remission for courses offered at any Mass Public Higher Ed college and university (excludes UMass Law School and physician training at UMass Worcester Medical School).

Curriculum/Operating Fee – 50% waiver for qualified dependents only.

Enrollment Due Date: Tuition Credit/Remission form is due before classes begin. Please allow 72 hours for processing.

View tuition credits/remission benefit info online at: https://hr.umb.edu/benefits/tuition-benefits

Additional Benefits

Professional Staff Union (PSU/MTA)

Health Insurance

As a regular, benefited employee you have the opportunity to join one of 10 health plans with comprehensive coverage for necessary medical treatment, preventative care and prescription drugs offered by UMass Boston through GIC (Group Insurance Commission). GIC was established in 1955 to provide and administer health insurance and other benefits to the Commonwealth’s employees and retirees, and their dependents and survivors.

Review the GIC Benefit Decision Guide and plan materials for details. Select the plan that meets your health care needs. The plans currently offered include:

  • Fallon Select Care (HMO)
  • Fallon Direct Care (HMO)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Primary Choice (HMO)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Independence Plan (POS)
    (Closed to new enrollees effective July 1, 2016)
  • Health New England (HMO)
  • NHP Care (Neighborhood Health Plan)  (HMO)
  • Tufts Health Plan Navigator (POS)
  • Tufts Health Plan Spirit (HMO)
  • Unicare State Indemnity Plan w/CIC (Indemnity)
  • Unicare State  Indemnity Plan Plus (PPO-Type)
  • Unicare State Indemnity Community Choice (PPO-Type)

Cost:  UMass Boston pays 75% of your premium and you are responsible for 25% of the premium which are deducted biweekly from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis.

Enrollment Due Date:  You must enroll within 10 days of your initial start date.  If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment.  If you are enrolling in a family plan, please bring a copy of your marriage certificate for a spouse, a copy of a birth certificate for any dependents, and social security numbers for all enrollees to your benefits orientation.

Your next opportunity to change your plan will be during the next Annual Enrollment period.  You may enroll sooner if you have a qualifying event with documented proof within 45 days of change (e.g.: change in family status, involuntary loss of other coverage or move out of the service area). The Annual Enrollment period occurs early April to early May each year with coverage effective July 1st.

Additional health plan information and rates can be found online at: www.mass.gov/gic

Benefit Decision Guide: 2017 Decision Guide coming soon!

Life Insurance

Basic Life Insurance

If you have enrolled in a health plan with GIC you automatically have $5,000 of basic life insurance coverage. Life insurance is administered by GIC and the carrier is The Hartford.

Optional Life Insurance

You may purchase additional optional group term life insurance for employee only at low cost group rates. You may enroll in up to 8 times your annual salary without medical evidence of insurability as a new hire.

If you enroll at a later date, you will need to prove medical evidence of insurability, unless you have a qualifying event due to a marriage, birth, divorce or death and documented proof within 20 days of change.

Review the life insurance booklet online at:
2017 brochure coming soon!

Employee Cost: Basic Life $1.63 per month
Optional Life (see Page 21 Benefit Decision Guide)

Enrollment Due Date:  If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment.  You must enroll within 10 days of your initial start date.

Benefit Decision Guide:  2017 Decision Guide coming soon!        

Disability

Long-Term Disability (LTD)

You may purchase LTD coverage. Your long term disability is administered by GIC and Unum is the Carrier.  Coverage begins when you are continually disabled for more than 90 days.  The plan will pay 55% of your pre-tax income, up to a maximum of $10,000 per month.

Employee Cost:  Plan based on age/salary. (see Page 19 Benefit Decision Guide)

Enrollment Due Date:  If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment.  You must enroll within 10 days of your initial start date.

You may enroll in this plan as a new hire without evidence of medical insurability or at any time during the year with evidence of medical insurability.

Short-Term Disability (STD): None


Unit PSU Sick Leave Bank:

You may enroll in the Sick Leave Bank program by donating some of your own sick time to the bank.  Upon approval from the sick leave bank committee, the program may continue to pay you bi-weekly after you have used up all accumulated sick, personal and vacation accruals.

View the PSU sick leave policy online at:
https://hr.umb.edu/uploads/documents/PSU-MTA_SLB_Policies_1-2009_FINAL_clean.doc

View the long term disability overview online at: http://www.mass.gov/anf/employee-insurance-and-retirement-benefits/employee-health-and-other-insurance-benefits/long-term-disability/ltd-overview.html

Flexible Spending Account              

Through GIC, you may enroll in a flexible spending account that allows you to pay eligible health care or dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. Flexible spending accounts are administered by ASIFlex. Your taxable income is reduced by the amount you decide to contribute.

Health Care Spending Account (HCSA)
  • Defer $250- $2,550 per year on a pre-tax basis 
  • Use for eligible co-pays, deductibles and non-covered health/dental expenses.
Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP)
  • Defer up to $5,000 per year on a pre-tax basis
  • Use for child and elder care costs; after school; daycare

Employee Cost:  Monthly fee of $2.50 for one or both plans. 

Enrollment Due Date:  If elected, coverage for HCSA begins on the first of the month following 60 days of employment.  DCAP is effective the first day of work. You must enroll within 60 days of your initial start date.

Your next opportunity to change your election(s) will be during the next Open Enrollment period.  You may enroll sooner if you have a qualifying event with documented proof (e.g.: change in family status, gain/loss of Medicare/Medicaid or a change in employment status).

Details regarding HCSA and DCAP spending accounts can be found online at:  http://asiflex.com/GIC/

Dental/Vision

Your dental coverage (individual or family), is administered by Massachusetts Public Employees Fund (MPEF).

Cost:          Individual coverage         No Cost 
                   Family coverage              
No Cost

Enrollment Due Date:  If elected, coverage begins on the first of the month following 6 months of employment.  A packet will be sent to your home address from MPEF approximately 5 months into your employment.  You must enroll yourself and your family by filling out the appropriate form and attaching a copy of your marriage certificate for a spouse, a copy of a birth certificate for any dependents, and social security numbers for all enrollees within 30 days.

Your next opportunity to change your plan will be during the next Annual Enrollment period.  You may enroll sooner if you have a qualifying event with documented proof (e.g.: change in family status, involuntary loss of other coverage). The Annual Enrollment period occurs in May/June each year with coverage effective July 1st.

The fund offers its members a choice between three dental health plans:

  • MPE Exclusive Provider Network (EPN) - Your plan has co-payments and a $1,300 annual plan maximum for each family member each Plan Year. Payments for preventive, diagnostic and orthodontic services are not deducted from this annual maximum. If you are enrolled in the EPN Plan and receive services from a dentist that does not participate in the MPE EPN Plan, no benefits will be paid by the fund.
  • MPE Dental Wellness Plan - Co-payments are the same as those listed under the MPE EPN. This plan has a $1,300 annual plan maximum for each family member each plan year. Payments for preventive, diagnostic and orthodontic treatment are not deducted from this annual maximum. Additionally, this plan offers a Carryover Maximum benefit.
  • Indemnity Plan - Members who enroll in the Indemnity Plan have a $1,300 annual plan maximum for each family member each plan year. Payments for preventive, diagnostic and orthodontic treatment are not deducted from this annual maximum.

The MPEF offers members coverage for routine comprehensive eye exams and eyewear from either:

  1. Davis Vision Provider Network Plan - consisting of private vision care providers and retail locations, or
  2. Alternative Vision Plan, a direct reimbursement option for services received by an out-of-network provider of your choice

Eligible employees and most dependents may receive the vision benefit once every 24 months. Dependents age 14 and under may receive a vision benefit once every 12 months.

For additional plan info visit Massachusetts Public Employee Fund. online at: http://www.mpefund.org/

Retirement
 

Mandatory

There are two distinct types of retirement plans and it is mandatory you enroll in one.  You are defaulted into the Massachusetts State Employee Retirement System (MSERS) and have 180 days to opt into the Optional Retirement Program (ORP), as it is an irrevocable decision.

Mandatory retirement is paid by employee on a pre-tax basis, in lieu of Social Security (Windfall Provision). This may impact your future Social Security benefits.  Employee contributes 9% of employee annual salary and an additional 2% of employee salary above $30,000.

The MSERS is administered by the State Board of Retirement and is a Defined Benefit Plan. The plan is designed to provide you a monthly income based on your age, salary and years of service at the time you retire. 

Enrollment Due Date:  This form is included in you pre-employment paperwork packet.

Details regarding your retirement can be found online at:  http://www.mass.gov/treasury/retirement/state-board-of-retire/

View the retirement benefit guide online at: http://www.mass.gov/treasury/docs/retirement/retguide2015.pdf

The Optional Retirement Program (ORP) is a defined contribution plan, which is a flexible and portable retirement plan for employees at the Commonwealth’s public institutions of higher education.  The Department of Higher Education is the ORP plan administrator and Fidelity, TIAA-CREF and VALIC are the carriers.

Enrollment Due Date:   All completed forms are due within 180 days from your hire date.

Details regarding the ORP retirement program can be found online at: http://www.mass.edu/forfacstaff/orp/home.asp

Optional Supplemental Retirement Savings

You may voluntarily defer additional income into a 457(b) and/or a 403(b) plan up to an IRS limit of $18,000 or $24,000 if you are 50 years old or over for calendar year 2016.

403(b) Plan

Your optional 403(b) retirement plan is administered by University of Massachusetts President’s Office and the carrier is Fidelity.  The Plan ID number is 50266.

Enrollment Due Date: Anytime

Details regarding an optional 403(b) plan can be found online at: https://www.umassp.edu/employee-center/elective-deferral-retirement-plans

457(b) Plan – (Smart Plan)

Your optional 457(b) retirement plan is administered and carried by Empower Retirement.               

Details regarding an optional 457(b) plan can be found online at: https://www.umassp.edu/employee-center/elective-deferral-retirement-plans

Time Off

(based on a 37.5 hour week and pro-rated for part-time)

Vacation Days

(time is accrued bi-weekly based on hours worked according to the schedule below.)    

    Hours leave per hours worked
Less than 59 months = 150 hours (20 days per year) .076924
60 months to 119 months =157.5 hours (21 days per year) .080770
120 months to 239 months =165 hours (22 days per year) .084616
240 + months = 172.5 hours (23 days per year) .088462

Maximum accrual of 480 hours – excess converted to sick time.

Personal Days

You will receive 6 personal days each January which must be used by December 31 of that year.

Pro-rated first year depending on hire date:

January 1 - February 29 45 hours (5 days)
March 1 - April 30 30 hours (4 days)
May 1 - June 30 22.50 hours (3 days)
July 1 - August 31 15 hours (2 days)
September 1 - October 30 7.50 hours (1 day)
November 1 - December 31 0 hours

 

Sick Days

Time is accrued bi-weekly up to 14 days per year.

View pay advice for your bi-weekly accrual balances online at: https://hr.umb.edu/hr-direct

Holidays

11 holidays listed below (pro-rated for part-time) & 2 Campus Closure Days

  • New Year’s Day   
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Patriots’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

View the UMass Boston 2016 Annual Pay Calendar online at: https://hr.umb.edu/uploads/documents/Pay_Calendar_2016.pdf

Campus Parking Information

Through the Parking and Transportation Department you are eligible for pre-tax benefit program for on-site parking, various parking passes are available.

Details regarding parking on campus can be found online at: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/parking

To enroll in the pre-tax payroll deduction program visit: https://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/parking/fees/parking_pretax_deduction

View pre-tax parking fees online at: www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here/parking/fees

MBTA

Through the Qualified Transportation Benefits Program (QTBP) you are eligible for a pre-tax benefit program that includes both parking (off-site parking) and transit expenses. QTBP is administered by Benefit Strategies.

Cost: Monthly fee for this program is $1.50.

To enroll in the QTBP visit: https://www.benstrat.com/ctbform/index.php

Free Shuttle

Route 1 - From JFK/UMass T Station to Campus Center (every 5 mins)
Route 2 - From JFK/UMass T Station to JFK Library and Campus Center (every 20 mins)
Route 3 - From Campus Center to Bayside EXPO Centre (every 10 mins)

UMass Boston app allows smartphone users to view real-time shuttle bus information. Search the app store on your smartphone and download the free TransLoc Rider app. In addition, you may download UMass Boston app that provides other helpful information such as news, events, dining options and campus changes.

View the shuttle bus schedule online at: https://www.umb.edu/m/bus_schedule/

MassRIDES

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: http://www.commute.com/

Tuition Benefits

For you to be eligible for the tuition credit benefit, your effective date of employment must be on or prior to the first day of classes. Also, you may take only 1 course, not to exceed 4 credits, during your work week.

Tuition Credit is for University of Massachusetts 5 Campuses fall and spring courses.  (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, Worcester) excludes UMass Law School and physician training at UMass Worcester Medical School

Tuition Remission is for courses offered at any Massachusetts Public Higher Education college and university

Up to 50% waived for the Curriculum/Operating for qualified spouses and dependents.

Enrollment Due Date: Tuition Credit/Remission form is due before classes begin. Please allow 72 hours for processing.

View tuition credit/remission benefit info online at: https://www.umassp.edu/employee-center/tuition-waiver-remission

Please note that this policy is subject to change.

Additional Benefits

Bargaining Unit

As a position covered by a union contract, Union Dues or an Agency Service Fee (if the employee decides not to join the bargaining unit) apply.  This deduction can be automatically deducted from your paycheck.

Please Note:  Some benefits are subject to change according to bargaining impact.

Professional Staff Union

For more information regarding your professional staff union contract:
https://hr.umb.edu/unions#4-professional-staff-union-psu-mta-nea

Cost Biweekly: 2016 Due 2016 Agency Fee
Part Time $14.25 $8.79
Full Time $16.94 $28.10