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Alabama Teachers' Retirement

All regular, 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 their 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.

Annual Leave

Annual leave will be earned by all regular, full-time staff as follows:

Continuous Yrs. Service Accumulation Rate Maximum Accumulation

  • 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.

Athletic Events & Drama Season Ticket Discounts

All employees are eligible to participate in the purchase of season tickets to all regular season athletic and drama events at a considerable discount. Payment may be made by payroll deduction.

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.

Direct Deposit

All employees must participate in direct deposit. Deposits can be made at two or more financial institutions or into two or more accounts (savings and/or checking) at one institution.

Disability Insurance

After one year of regular, full-time employment, disability insurance coverage is provided to you at no cost.  This plan 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. If approved, benefits will begin at the beginning of the month following six months from the date of disability. This benefit continues until you are age 65, no longer considered disabled, or die.

Employee Assistance Program

The Jacksonville State University Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential, voluntary, professional counseling and referral service administered by Health Management Systems of America, and is designed to help JSU employees and their families resolve personal 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 Employee Assistance Program offered as a benefit to employees, please visit: or 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.

Flexible Benefit Plan

We offer both a health flexible spending and dependent care accounts. You 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.

Health Insurance

JSU participates in the Public Education Employees' Health Insurance Plan (PEEHIP). The plan itself is administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. Our plan includes the Preferred Medical Doctor (PMD), as it is commonly called. We offer single and family medical coverage. The current base rates are $30 per month for single, and $207 per month for family and $307 per month family coverage that includes a spouse. In addition to the base rates there is an additional charge for the medical coverage based on your annual salary.  That amount would be an additional $16, $36 or $56 per month. There is also a $50 per participant monthly surcharge if you or spouse are tobacco users. These deductions are pre-taxed (mandatory). The plan covers the following: Routine Office Visits, Outpatient and Inpatient Services, Physician Services, Preventative Services, Inpatient and Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Physical Therapy, Occupation Hand Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Home Health and Hospice. The plan offers prescription drug benefits through MedImpact.

Life Insurance

JSU provides Basic Group Term Life Insurance for all regular, full-time employees in an amount equal to two times your annual salary, but not to exceed $300,000. This also includes Accidental Death and Dismemberment at two times your annual salary, but not to exceed $300,000.

Open Enrollment

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 by all regular, full-time faculty and staff at the rate of eight hours per month. Sick leave may be accumulated to an unlimited amount. Upon retirement, employees are allowed to convert unused sick time into service time for the purpose of retirement (with the exception of Tier 2 employees).

Social Security

This deduction is required to be withheld from the gross salary of all University employees.

Supplemental Life Insurance

Employees have the option of purchasing additional life insurance coverage up to three times their annual salary. Dependent life insurance is also available at one flat rate for a spouse and/or any number of dependents.

403-B Plan

The University offers a retirement annuity plan with TIAA. The plan is pre-taxed and consist of Regular Annuity (Matching Account) and Supplemental Retirement Annuity.

RA: After two years of full-time employment, the University will match your contributions in TIAA at 3%, 4%, or 5%. If you choose not to contribute, the University will still make a 1% contribution on your behalf. If you are coming directly from another Higher Education Institution without a break in employment you may be eligible for immediate matching. 

SRA: Employees may participate in the Supplemental Retirement Annuity upon employment or anytime there after. 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.

Optional Plans

Each eligible employee has the opportunity to elect one or more optional coverage plans - Dental, Vision, Cancer or Hospital Indemnity and Supplemental Coverage.

Additional Benefits/ Discounts

Meals are available at the Jack Hopper Dining Hall at a reduced rate for JSU employees. (Contact Sodexo at 256-782-7242 for more information.)

Other benefits for employees and eligible dependents include Library usage and access to recreation and wellness facilities. Hours of operation may vary, please contact facility directly for exact times.

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