Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is an annual opportunity for faculty and staff, retirees and survivors, and benefits-eligible graduate students to make changes to their benefits for the following calendar year. Benefits included are health, dental, vision, legal services, and flexible spending accounts (FSAs), based on your eligibility. Review the benefits eligibility for your and your dependents.

2021 Flexible Spending Accounts

FSAs are pretax accounts eligible faculty and staff may use to pay for eligible health care expenses and/or dependent day care expenses. IRS rules do not allow FSA enrollments to continue from one year to the next. If you have an FSA and want to participate in 2021, you will need to re-enroll.

The annual contribution limit for a Health Care FSA will increase to $2,750.

Enroll using the Open Enrollment 2021 Flexible Spending Account Deduction Authorization Form. Return the form by:

  • November 30, 2020 to have your Health Care FSA funds available for reimbursement beginning on January 1, 2021*.
  • December 31, 2020 to have your Health Care FSA funds available for reimbursement beginning on February 1, 2021*. You may incur eligible expenses in January, but you will need to hold on to your receipts until February before you can file a claim for reimbursement.

*The enrollment deadlines and reimbursement availability dates refer to Heath Care FSAs only. For reimbursement from a Dependent Care FSA, you must have the full amount of your claim deposited in your Dependent Care FSA in order to receive reimbursement for the claim.

Important Notes

  • Please make sure your address is up to date with the university. Learn more.
  • Wolverine Tower is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Walk-in service is not available.

Changes Outside of Open Enrollment

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

Benefits 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.