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Important Update:

UCO has temporarily shifted most in-person classes to synchronous virtual delivery through Jan. 31. Campus facilities and services will remain open and offer in-person and virtual options. COVID-19 protocols remain in place. Masks are required on campus when around others. Students, faculty and staff who are directly exposed to or test positive for COVID-19 should fill out UCO's COVID-19 Self-Reporting form. To learn more about current operations, view the university's coronavirus webpage.


Welcome to UCO Benefits! Here, you can learn about what makes us one of the top employers in the state. UCO Benefits provide faculty and staff with the support and resources they need to lead a healthier lifestyle and have a greater work/life balance.

UCO has a large faculty and staff population and each individual has unique circumstances. UCO offers a diverse selection of insurance and retirement plans so that each individual can tailor their benefits to best suit their needs. When it comes to insurance, choose from five medical plans, three dental plans and two vision plans. As far as retirement, all full-time UCO faculty and staff participate in Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System (OTRS), a defined benefit retirement plan, and then there are additional retirement savings plans to choose from as well. And there are even more voluntary plans available.

In addition to the great insurance and retirement plans, UCO offers additional benefits such as extensive leave accrual and holiday paid time off, tuition assistance, a robust employee assistance program, employee wellness initiatives and more.

Interested in learning a bit more about UCO's benefits package? Check out the 2020 prospective employee benefits guide. 



All full-time UCO faculty and staff participate in Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System, a defined benefit retirement plan. All individuals are eligible to participate in voluntary 403b and 457 plans offered from Voya Financial.

Retiree Benefits

If you are 65 or older and are looking for retiree benefits, visit the retiree benefits page.

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Faculty and Staff Wellness

Our Mission

The Wellness Program at UCO is dedicated to improving the overall health and well-being of UCO faculty and staff both on campus and in our community through encouraging healthy lifestyle choices such as physical activity, healthy eating, and social interactions. Improving the health of individuals on campus and in our community will strengthen our university and improve the impact UCO has on students, colleagues and the community.


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Additional Benefits

Time Off

As part of its generous benefits package, the university provides the opportunity for each individual to earn paid time off through a leave accrual program. The program includes all approved leave, such as vacation, sick time, personal leave and more.


2020 University Holidays*

  • New Year's Day: Jan. 1
  • Martin Luther King Day: Jan. 20
  • Spring Break: March 16-20
  • Memorial Day: May 25
  • Independence Day: July 3
  • Labor Day: Sept. 7
  • Thanksgiving: Nov. 25-27
  • Winter Break: Dec. 24-Jan. 8, 2021

*Subject to change

Tuition Waiver

The tuition waiver benefit applies to tuition only for classes taken at UCO. The benefit is defined as the value of 12 credit hours of undergraduate general tuition in each academic year not to include differential tuition or fees. The waiver may be transferred to the individual’s eligible dependents.


Employee Assistance Program

UCO faculty and staff have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Deer Oaks and Hartford. EAP benefits start day one for all UCO faculty and staff and continue six months after separation. EAP provides free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, prevention and education services for you, your dependents (whether they live at home or away) and anyone who lives in your household.

Employer-Paid Benefits

UCO contributes to medical coverage for all faculty and staff and their dependents plus funds a percentage of the individual's salary into OTRS less the annual individual contribution. UCO pays for all full-time employees to receive an advanced long-term disability benefit and two times the individual’s annual salary in basic life and AD&D insurance.



How do I see my current year elections?
Faculty and staff can view a full summary of their current elections by:

Do I need to resubmit dependent documents if my dependents are already covered? 
Marriage licenses, birth certificates and other documents used to verify dependents do not need to be resubmitted. New documentation will be required to cover dependents not currently covered.

When am I eligible for benefits? 
UCO offers benefits to all faculty and staff who work an average of 30 hours per week or more. Benefit-eligible individuals will receive benefits on the first day of the month following their date of hire. 

Who is considered an eligible dependent? 

  • Your legal spouse.
  • Dependent children under the age of 26, including your biological child, stepchild, foster child, adopted child, or child placed for adoption. 
  • A dependent child who is medically certified as disabled and dependent upon the member and his/her spouse. (The disability must have begun before the child attained age 26).

If I change my mind after Open Enrollment, can I change my plan selections?
No. After November 25, 2019, end of the Open Enrollment, you cannot change your 2020 elections, unless you experience a "qualifying life event" (such as getting married, having a baby, loss of coverage from another plan, etc.). Consider your choices carefully; changes and corrections are not permitted except during Open Enrollment or within 30 days of a qualifying life event. An exception to this rule is the 403(b), 457, and HSA elections; you can make changes on three benefits anytime of the year. 


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