Benefit Groups - Faculty

The University of Michigan offers its faculty members a broad selection of benefits options.

In general, faculty members are eligible for benefits at the university if they have at least a 50% appointment lasting four consecutive months or longer. There may be other eligibility requirements for individual plans. Dependents are eligible for many of the same benefits offered to the faculty member. Dependents include a spouse or other qualified adult and dependent children. For details on your eligibility for specific benefits, review the Eligibility section.

If you have questions after viewing the information on this site, contact the SSC Contact Center at 734-615-2000 or 1-866-647-7657 (toll free).

Prospective Faculty

If you are a prospective faculty member, view Benefits Highlights for Prospective Faculty.

Newly Hired Faculty

When you have accepted a faculty position at the University of Michigan and you have received a start date from your department, review the New Employee section to learn about your benefits and complete your enrollment forms. Individuals hired or newly eligible on or after 1/1/2010 must complete a 12-month waiting period to become eligible to receive the 10% U-M contribution to the Retirement Savings Plan.

Supplemental Appointments

The "supplemental" job/career family is eligible for the benefits program. However, "supplemental" staff, adjunct and visiting faculty are not eligible for the disability plans and are not required to participate in the retirement savings programs.

Since supplemental appointments are close-ended (appointments for a definite period of time), it is important to contact the Benefits Office each term if you wish to continue your benefits through periods of inactive employment. Otherwise, university contributions cease during these periods and you would be eligible to continue coverage through COBRA.


Lecturers are eligible for benefits with an appointment of 50% or greater, lasting at least four months or greater. For example, benefits will end in April for lecturers who have a winter semester appointment if they do not have an appointment in the spring or fall. If benefits are to continue, they will be at the lecturer's own cost.

The University of Michigan in its sole discretion may modify, amend, or terminate the benefits provided with respect to any individual receiving benefits, including active employees, retirees, and their dependents. Although the university has elected to provide these benefits this year, no individual has a vested right to any of the benefits provided. Nothing in these materials gives any individual the right to continued benefits beyond the time the university modifies, amends, or terminates the benefit. Anyone seeking or accepting any of the benefits provided will be deemed to have accepted the terms of the benefits programs and the university's right to modify, amend or terminate them.