Benefits Eligibility

Your eligibility for benefits at the University of Michigan is based on your benefits group or job/career family, your appointment percentage, and the duration of your appointment.

You may also be eligible for benefits as a graduate student or medical school student, or as a U-M retiree.

If you are a new hire or are newly eligible for benefits, your specific benefits options will be shown on Self Service > Benefits after your appointment is processed by your department and entered online. You will receive an email notifying you when you may make your benefits elections.

Benefits Eligibility for You and Your Dependents

Click on a link below to see the benefits for which you and your dependents are eligible.

Your Eligibility

Your Dependents' Eligibility

A qualified family status change allows you to add newly-eligible dependents to your benefits. You must act within 30 days of the qualifying event for the change to be accepted by the university, otherwise you will have to wait for the next Open Enrollment period (usually in late October) to add your dependents with the change effective the following January 1.


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.