Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is an annual opportunity for faculty, staff, retirees and benefits-eligible graduate students to make changes to their benefits for the following calendar  year. Open Enrollment usually takes place in late October.

  • Benefits included are health, dental, vision, legal services, and flexible spending accounts (FSAs).
  • No action is required to keep your benefits coverage from one year to the next (as long as you remain eligible), except for FSAs. The IRS requires annual enrollment to participate in an FSA.
  • Changes you make during the annual Open Enrollment go into effect on January 1.

Changes Outside of the Annual Open Enrollment

Outside the of the annual Open Enrollment period, you may be able to make specific benefits changes within 30 days of certain qualifying family status events. See Life Events for details on making benefits changes.

Plans You Can Change Any Time

Retirement savings plans, life insurance, and long-term disability plans are not part of Open Enrollment. If eligible, you may enroll or make changes to these plans at any time.