Life & Work Events

Change to Benefits - Part-Time to Full-Time

This section details how your benefits will be impacted should your employment status change from part time to full time.


Your contribution rates for medical coverage will decrease. Visit Contribution Rates to review health rates for full-time employees.

The new rates will automatically be deducted from your paycheck as soon as your status change is processed.

Group Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability
  • Your optional life insurance coverage is a multiple of your annual salary. Visit Monthly Group Life Rates for more information.
  • Your University-provided Long-Term Disability coverage increases from $7,000 up to $14,000.
  • Your Long-Term Disability coverage is based on your annual salary. Visit Monthly Long-Term Disability Insurance Rates for more information.
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

You may elect to participate in, or change your annual election for, the Health Care and Dependent Care FSA for the remainder of the calendar year within 31 days of your change from part time to full time.

Qualified Transportation Program

Monthly deadlines determine when your request to enroll, change or cancel your commuter elections will take effect. The monthly deadline is normally the 10th of every month.

  • To enroll in the commuter program OR change or cancel your order,  visit WageWorks.
Retirement Benefits

Your contributions under the Contributory Retirement Plan (CRP) and the defined contribution part of the Retirement Income Plan for Employees (ERIP) are based on your compensation. Accordingly, if your compensation increases with your change from part-time to full-time status, your retirement contributions will be based on your increased compensation.

Your benefit under the defined benefit part of ERIP is based in part on your Final Average Pay (FAP). Your FAP is the average of your compensation over the five consecutive years (out of your final ten years of employment) that produce the highest five-year average. Accordingly, if your compensation increases with your change from part-time to full-time status, your FAP (and thus your defined benefit) may be increased.

Time Off (Vacation Time, Personal Days, and Sick Accruals)

Staff Employees Only: Your time-off benefits will change based on the number of hours you are scheduled to work in a week. Visit the personnel policies for Vacation and Sick Days for more information.

Educational Assistance Program

When you change to full-time status, you become eligible for the Educational Assistance Program.