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Benefits Summary

JSU strives to ensure competitive benefits are provided to employees. The value of benefits should be considered as part of a total compensation package earned by an employee.  The Benefits Administration Team is responsible for serving the university community by facilitating benefits options offered to employees:

State Benefits

Alabama Teachers' Retirement

All full-time employees of Jacksonville State University are required to participate in the State Retirement Program. Tier 1 employees (hired prior to January 2013 or are former TRS members) contribute 7.5% of your gross salary per pay period. Tier 2 employees (hired after January 2013) will contribute 6% of your salary each pay period. Deductions are on a pre-tax basis and sent to the Retirement System. You become vested after being a contributing member for 10 years.  Tier 1 employees are eligible to retire at any age after 25 years of service, or at age 60 with 10 years of service. Tier 2 can retire at age 62 with 10 or more years of service. For more detailed information about this benefit, please visit the Teachers' Retirement website.

Flexible Benefit Plan

Employees are afforded an opportunity to participate in a health flexible spending and/or dependent care account. Employees may use pre-tax dollars to set aside cash for many health care and dental expenses not covered by the medical plan, as well as daycare expenses incurred. This plan is administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. For more information concerning the flexible benefit plan, please visit: Flexible Benefit Plan.

Health Insurance

JSU participates in the Public Education Employees' Health Insurance Plan (PEEHIP), which is administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. The plan includes the Preferred Medical Doctor (PMD), and offers single and family medical coverage:
  • Single coverage: $30 per month for single
  • Family coverage: $207 per month for family
  • Family coverage that includes a spouse: $307 per month.
In addition to the base rates there is an additional charge $16, $36 or $56 per month for medical coverage based on the employee's annual salary. If employee or spouse are tobacco users, there is a $50 per participant monthly surcharge. These deductions are pre-taxed (mandatory). To assist in making informed decisions about your benefits choices, please access the quick reference Benefits Guide.

Open Enrollment


PEEHIP Optional Insurance Plans

PEEHIP offers employees Dental, Cancer, Hospital Indemnity, and Vision Optional Insurance Plans, which are offered through Southland Benefits Solutions. Use this link for a full description: PEEHIP Optional Insurance Plans.

JSU Benefits

Annual Leave

Annual leave is earned by all regular, full-time staff  based on continuous years of service and maximums as established below:
  • 0-9 years 8 hrs per month - 192 hrs
  • 9-19 years 10 hrs per month - 240 hrs
  • 19 and over 12 hrs per month - 288 hrs

On August 31st of each year, every employee's leave accumulation will be compared to the max and any excess leave will be added to sick leave. Coaches and Faculty do not accrue Annual Leave.

NOTE: Athletic Coaches and Faculty do not accrue annual leave.

Deferred Compensation (RSA-1)

Additional tax-deferred contributions may be made to the Alabama Teachers Retirement System and credited to a deferred compensation plan. Participation in this plan is voluntary and not matched by the University. Use this link to access additional information: Deferred Compensation (RSA-1)

Direct Deposit

All employees are required to participate in direct deposit. Deposits can be made at one or more financial institutions or into one or more accounts (savings and/or checking) at one institution. To access the direct deposits form use this link: Direct Deposit Form.

Disability Insurance

JSU offers employees disability insurance coverage after one year of employment at no cost if approved. This plan is administrated by Boston Mutual and pays 60% of Monthly Earnings to a Maximum Gross Monthly Benefit of $5,000.00 per month subject to reduction by deductible sources of income or Disability Earnings. Benefits will begin at the beginning of the month following six months from the date of disability and will continue until age 65, no longer considered disabled, or separation from the University. Use this link to access additional information: Disability Insurance.

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential, voluntary, professional counseling and referral service administered by Health Management Systems of America. The EAP and is designed to help JSU employees and their families resolve problems that affect their personal lives, family, and job performance. As a benefit to JSU employees, the mission of this program is to enhance the quality of life for JSU faculty and staff, improve personal effectiveness, and create a healthier campus community by providing assessments, interventions, and/or referrals as needed. For more information about the EAP offered as a benefit to employees, please call (800) 847-7240 or visit:

When logged into the website please use the following information:

Username: worklife
Password: myresource

Please view the EAP Flyer for more information.

Life Insurance

JSU provides Basic Group Term Life Insurance for all full-time employees in an amount equal to two times the annual salary, not to exceed $300,000.  Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage is also offered at two times an employee's annual salary, not to exceed $300,000. For more information concerning the Basic Group Life Insurance, please visit: JSU Group Life Insurance

Salary and Benefit Continuation

Salary and Benefit Continuation, if approved, continues until the long-term disability claim is approved or denied; however in no case will salary and benefit continuation extend longer than six months from disability date. In order to apply for salary and benefit continuation, the employee must be (1) covered by the long-term disability plan, (2) have a disability that is expected to last longer than six months, (3) provide proof of disability from a physician, (4) apply for social security and TRS disability (if applicable), and (5) have exhausted all accrued leave time.

Sick Leave

Sick leave is accrued to an unlimited amount by all full-time faculty and staff at the rate of eight (8) hours per month.  With the exception of Tier 2 Employees, upon retirement, employees are allowed to convert unused sick time into service time for the purpose of retirement. 

Vision Plan

The University offers Superior Vision as an optional plan to employees. For more information see the link: Superior Vision.

Supplemental Life Insurance

The University affords employees the option to purchase additional life insurance coverage up to three (3) times their annual salary. Additionally, dependent life insurance is available at one flat rate for a spouse and/or any number of dependents. This plan is administrated by Boston Mutual. For additional information and to access appropriate forms, please use this link: JSU Supplemental Life Insurance

403-B Plan Administered by TIAA

The University offers a retirement annuity plan with TIAA. The plan is pre-taxed and consists of Regular Annuity (RA) and Supplemental Retirement Annuity (SRA). RA: The University will match an employee's contributions with TIAA at 3%, 4%, or 5%, only after two years of full-time employment. However, if an employee is coming from another Higher Education Institution without a break in employment, the employee may be eligible for immediate matching. Documentation verifying continuous employment and prior participation in a TIAA plan is required. If an employee chooses not to contribute to this plan, the University will contribute 1% of the employee's salary to this plan on behalf of the employee. SRA: Employees may participate in the Supplemental Retirement Annuity upon employment or anytime thereafter. Contributions to the SRA will not be matched by the University.

Tuition Assistance

After one year of full-time employment, JSU employees are allowed to participate in the Tuition Assistance Program. The benefit will be in the form of remission and will not be paid in cash or refunded in the case of withdrawal. For more detailed information, contact our office at 256-782-5007.

Employee Perks and Discounts


All employees are eligible to participate in the purchase of season tickets to all regular season athletic events at a considerable discount. For more information about Athletic Events, visits: JSU Athletic Events.

University Recreation

University Recreation offers opportunities for employees and their dependents to experience active and healthier lifestyles. For more information visits: University Recreation .

Dining Hall Discount

Meals are available at the Jack Hopper Dining Hall at a reduced rate for JSU employees with JSU ID card. In order to receive the discounted rate you will need to have a credit balance on your ID card.


Employees and eligible dependents have unlimited access. For library hours visit: JSU Library.

Little River Canyon Center

The Canyon Center features a regular schedule of programs that include concerts, workshops, hikes, lectures, and other activities. For more information visit: Little River Canyon Center.

Longleaf Studios

Longleaf Studies offers opportunities for employees and their dependents to experience a variety of films & filmmakers. For more information visit: Longleaf Studio Events.

The Arts

Drama Department

All employees are eligible to participate in the purchase of season tickets to all drama events at a considerable discount. For more information about Drama Events, visit: JSU Drama Events.

Music Department

The David L. Waters Department of Music offers opportunities for employees to experience a variety of musical events all year long. For more information visit: JSU Music Events.

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