Benefits are an important component of our total compensation package. Accordingly, our extensive offering includes comprehensive health insurance, a 403(b) retirement plan, and tuition remission covering both credit and non-credit courses, in addition to many other programs and services. 

Benefit Guide

Our benefit offerings are comprehensive and offer something for every stage of your life. For ease, we offer a detailed Benefits Guide PDF.

Benefit Self-Service

A secure way to review your benefit elections, update beneficiaries, and complete annual open enrollment.

Dental Plan Resources

Eligible employees may choose to participate in the University's dental plan, administered by Delta Dental of Tennessee. Coverage, if elected, is effective the first day of the month following hire. 

Vision Plan Resources

Eligible employees may choose to participate in the University's vision plan, administered by VSP. Coverage, if elected, is effective the first day of the month following hire.

Flexible Spending Plan Resources

Eligible employees may choose to participate in the University's Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plan, which is a program that helps you pay for health care and dependent care costs using tax-free dollars. Coverage, if elected, is effective the first day of the sixth month following hire.

Retirement Plan Resources

The University's 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan offers an easy way to save for your future through both employer contributions and voluntary employee contributions taken through payroll deduction. Eligible employees are automatically enrolled in the plan upon meeting eligibility requirements and automatically begin receiving the University's defined contribution at such time. 

Emeriti Retirement Health Savings Resources

Emeriti is a Consortium that was established by leaders in higher education to provide access to high-quality health insurance in retirement years. As a member of the Consortium, the University will contribute to an Emeriti Health Savings Account for eligible employees. 

Life & Disability Plan Resources

Eligible employees receive complementary term life insurance, short-term disability leave, and long-term disability coverage. Additional term life insurance is also available to enrolled employees and their eligible dependents. 

Education Benefit Resources

As an institution of higher education, the University understand the need for benefits that assist employees and their eligible dependents in obtaining access to a high-quality educational programs. 

Employee Assistance Program

All employees are provided complimentary access to an employee assistance program (EAP). The EAP is designed to provide prompt, confidential help with a range of personal and family issues that may affect all of us from time to time. Our EAP program, offered through partnership with New Directions, provides someone to talk to and resources whenever and wherever you need them.

You have access to:

  • Confidential Emotional Support
  • Work Life Solutions

  • Legal Guidance

  • Financial Resources

  • Online Support

  • Help for New Parents

  • Free Online Will Preparation

*Note: When entering your Company Code, please use "Sewanee"

Plan Document Request

Governing benefit Plan Documents are made available for review to University employees upon request. When requesting a Plan Document, please indicate the relevant plans for which you are requesting, e.g. medical, retirement, etc. 

Emergency Financial Assistant

The Employee Emergency Assistance Fund is designed to provide short-term emergency support to eligible employees who have experienced financial hardship due to unexpected and unavoidable circumstances. Under these circumstances, an employee may be eligible for funding to assist with the expense related directly to the cause of the financial hardship or to assist with basic living expenses that cannot be met because of the circumstances.