Elon University provides a comprehensive benefits package for its faculty and staff. Below is a brief description of each benefit available at the university. Except where noted, the benefits described are available to full-time faculty and staff. Benefits are subject to change.

Health & Medical

As a new Elon employee, you can choose from a variety of health and medical plans that fit your needs. Current employees can change their health and medical plans during the open enrollment period, or if they have a change in status or other qualifying event.

2022 Elon University Benefits Guide

2022 Elon University Benefits Summary

2022 Health Insurance and Dental Changes


Health Insurance

The university has partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina to offer a choice of comprehensive health care plans. Discover the health care options available to full-time employees as well as other important health benefits offered at Elon.

Learn more about your health insurance options.

Eligibility: The first of the month following date of hire.

Dental Insurance

The university has partnered with Delta Dental of North Carolina to offer several dental plan options for employees. Access enrollment information, a summary of benefits, and the online consumer portal.

Learn more about your dental insurance options.

Eligibility: The first of the month following date of hire.


Vision Care

Learn more about VSP, Elon’s vision insurance provider, and how to enroll in benefits.

Learn more about vision care.

Eligibility: The first of the month following date of hire.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Enroll in a FSA for tax savings on health and dental insurance premiums, out-of-pocket medical costs, and dependent care expenses.
Learn more about the Flex Spending Account.

Eligibility: First of month following date of hire and during open enrollment.

Supplemental Insurance (AFLAC)

Learn more about your options for enrolling in supplemental insurance through AFLAC.

Learn more about Supplemental Insurance.

Faculty/Staff Health & Wellness Clinic

Elon faculty & staff are encouraged to participate in the wellness program, which includes the following free activities: Physician Assistant appointments, health screenings with laboratory blood work, health assessments, chronic disease management, smoking cessation, pedometer walking challenges, educational lunch & learns, mammography screening program and wellness counseling. Also offered are 30-minute therapeutic chair massages at reduced rates.

* Only available for health plans A or B.

Learn more about our wellness program.


Life & Other Insurance

Accidental Death and Dismemberment

Elon University offers coverage for eligible employees in the event of accidental death or dismemberment.

Learn more about your coverage.

Eligibility: Upon first day of employment

Dependent Life Insurance

Learn about Elon’s life insurance coverage options for your dependents.

Learn More about your coverage.

Eligibility: Upon first day of employment

Life Insurance

Elon provides life insurance up to 3x base salary for eligible employees.

Learn more about your coverage.

Eligibility: Upon first day of employment

Long Term Disability

Eligible employees can receive 70% percent of their salary, up to $8,000/month, in the event of long-term disability.
Learn More about your coverage.

Eligibility: The first of the month following date of hire.


Taking Time Off


Vacation time is accrued based on years of service. Below is the schedule for receiving vacation time as a full-time employee. Part-time employees working at least 20 hours/week accrue vacation time just the same as a full-time employee, except on a pro-rated schedule.

  • 0-4 years continuous service – 13 days
  • 5-9 years continuous service – 15 days
  • 10-14 years continuous service – 17 days
  • 15-19 years continuous service – 19 days
  • 20+ years continuous services – 21 days

Eligibility: Upon first day of employment as earned. Employees are permitted to carry over more than 20 vacation days throughout the year, but will only be able to carry over a maximum of 20 days into a new calendar year.

Personal Leave

The university provides two personal paid days off annually to regular full-time employees. Personal days are accrued over the course of 12 months after hire.

Eligibility: Upon first day of employment

Sick Leave

An employee earns one day of sick leave for each month of employment and may accumulate no more than 130 days. Part-time employees who work at least 20 hours per week earn a pro-rated amount.

Eligibility: Upon first day of employment as earned.

Parental School Leave

Full-time and introductory employees may take up to four (4) hours of unpaid leave each calendar year to attend a school function or meeting.

Eligibility: Upon first day of employment

Main Campus Holiday Schedule

The main campus is closed for 13 days throughout the year. Regular full-time employees who have worked at the University at least thirty (30) days are eligible for 13 paid holidays in each calendar year.  Regular employees who work at least 20 hours per week are eligible for paid holidays if holidays occur within regularly scheduled work hours.

See the 2021 holiday schedule.


Law School Holiday Schedule

The School of Law is closed for 13 days through out the year.
See 2021 holiday schedules.


Life Events

Birth and Adoption Leave

Full-time non-teaching employees with at least four months of continuous service will be eligible for 8 weeks paid birth/adoption leave. The non-birthing parent of a newborn will be granted up to four weeks of paid leave at the time associated with the birth. Faculty will be granted course release(s) associated with the birth/adoption.

Eligibility: Full-time employees with at least four months of continuous service will be eligible for paid birth/adoption leave. In the absence of four months of continuous service, up to eight weeks of unpaid birth/adoption leave will be provided. Non-teaching employee may use unpaid leave or earned sick leave or vacation (if applicable).

Family Medical Leave

Up to 12 weeks of leave per year for the birth of a child, the placement of a child for adoption or foster care, or the serious health condition of the employee or an immediate family member or military service member.

Eligibility: To be eligible for FML leave, an employee must have worked for the employer at least 12 months, worked at least 1,250 hours during the previous 12 months, and must work at a jobsite where at least 50 Elon employees are employed within a 75-mile radius.

Lactation Spaces on Campus

Lactation rooms are available for faculty, staff, students and visitors to Elon University. Elon University provides private, secure, and clean lactation rooms to support nursing mothers. You can find them in three buildings located across campus.

How to Access

Moseley Center Room 110

  • Key can be acquired from Moseley Front Desk.
  • This location includes a sink.

Whitley Room 103

  • Enter Whitley from North facing entrance (towards E. Haggard).
    • 103 is first room on the right.
    • Contact Patti Gibbons at pgibbons@elon.edu to check availability.

Schar Center Room 205

  • Take elevator or stairs to second floor of Schar Center.
  • Room is marked with signage and can be locked from the inside.
    • No key is needed.


All rooms have the following amenities:

  • Private lockable room
  • Comfortable chair and table
  • Refrigerator and microwave
  • Wipes and paper towels
  • Close proximity to restrooms

Note:  Breast pumps are not provided.


La Leche League International – http://www.llli.org/

US Department of Health and Human Services – http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding


Can’t find a convenient lactation space near you?

Contact your supervisor for help determining a schedule and location that works. If you are unable to resolve satisfactorily, please contact your HR for support.

Supervisor Guidelines

Supervisors should work with employees to schedule reasonable break time for the employee’s need to express milk. If you have questions regarding lactation breaks, please contact HR.


For any additional questions or concerns related to nursing rooms on campus, please contact Human Resources at 336-278-5560.



Retirement Plan

Elon University offers a Defined Contribution Plan and Tax Deferred Annuity Plan provided by TIAA-CREF.
More information on retirement plans.

Eligibility: Participation is required of all active regular, full-time employees who have satisfied the one-year waiting period. Employees are required to contribute (4%) as a condition of employment of his/her annual base salary and the university contributes (8%). For employees who have previously participated in a 403(B) retirement account the one (1) year waiting period is waived with proper documentation. 

Retirement Guide

The Office of Human Resources has created a packet which includes information regarding retirement options. Please contact the office at (336) 278-5560 for more information.

Review the retirement guide

Eligibility: At least 59.5 years of age and 10 years of service.


Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

Elon University is a qualified employer for the PSLF Program that forgives the remaining balance on federal Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying payments while working full-time.

The PSLF Help Tool helps you understand more about the program, informs you if your loans qualify for PSLF, suggests actions to qualify for PSLF, and guides you through the application and submission process.

Waiver Information:

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) recently announced a temporary, but significant waiver to PSLF program rules. The waiver is available to borrowers until October 31, 2022.

⇒ Learn more about the waiver and if it applies to you.

⇒ Elon University PSLF Application



Discounts, Perks, and Resources

Athletics Events

Admission is free for most events with a valid Phoenix Card.

Eligibility: Upon first day of employment.

Cultural Events

Admission is free for most events with a valid Phoenix Card.

Discover Elon Cultural Events.

Eligibility: Upon first day of employment.

Discount Opportunities

Many restaurants, theme parks, hotels, and other vendors in the local area provide discounts to Elon University employees.
See a comprehensive list of discounts.

Eligibility: Upon first day of employment.

Domestic Partners

Domestic partners and their eligible dependents who meet the qualifying criteria, can participate in many of the same benefits as full-time faculty and staff spouses and their eligible dependents.

Eligibility: The first of the month following date of hire.

Food Service

Elon Dining Services offers exclusive faculty and staff meal plans at discounted rates.

Learn more about faculty and staff meal plans.

Eligibility: Upon first day of employment.

Jury Duty

The university will pay employees their full salary for the period of time required to serve on jury duty.

Eligibility: Upon first day of employment.


Faculty and staff may check out books (including audio books), DVDs, and other materials from the Belk Library using their issued Phoenix Card.

Eligibility: Upon first day of employment with current Elon ID.


Employees may park for free on campus.

Eligibility: Upon first day of employment.

Salary Increases

Increases will be determined each year and are based on individual performance and the availability of funds.

Tuition Exchange

Elon participates in a tuition exchange program that enables dependents of faculty/staff to enroll in partnering schools. Consult the Staff Manual for more information.

Eligibility: Open to the dependents of all full-time faculty and staff that have completed 4 or more years of full-time service to Elon University by Sept. 1 of the academic year for which they are applying.

Tuition Remission


Employees working 30-40 hours/week may enroll in two courses at Elon per semester tuition-free. Employees working 20-29 hours per week may enroll in one course tuition-free per semester.

Eligibility: Upon first day of employment.


The spouse/qualifying partner and eligible children of an eligible Elon employee shall qualify for either partial or full remission of tuition payments for courses taken at the University based upon the length of service of the employee.

Full-time employees (30 – 40 hours per week)

  • 1st – 2nd year – 0
  • Beginning 3rd – 4th year – 67% tuition remission
  • Beginning 5th year – 100% tuition remission

Part-time employees (20-29 hours per week)

  • 1st-2nd year – 0
  • Beginning 3rd – 4th year – 33% tuition remission
  • Beginning 5th year – 50% tuition remission

Eligibility: Upon completion of years of service as indicated above.

Work-Life Resources

Elon Work-Life Resources is an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) program that provides university employees (and their families) access to confidential, caring support to address a variety of personal or professional issues. This resource is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at no charge.

Learn more about the Elon Work-Life Resources program.

Eligibility: Upon first day of employment.

Workers Compensation

Elon provides workers compensation for work-incurred injuries and occupational diseases.

Eligibility: Upon first day of employment.