Samford University offers a comprehensive suite of benefits to promote health and financial security for you and your family. The Benefits Guide provides you with a summary of your benefits. Please review it carefully so you can choose the coverage that’s right for you.
Generally, you are considered a full time, benefit eligible employee if you are in an eligible class and work at least 30 hours per week. Most of your benefits are effective on the first day of the month following your date of hire. You may enroll your eligible dependents for coverage once you are eligible. Your eligible dependents include:
- Your legal spouse
- Your children up to age 26
- A child over age 26 who was incapacitated before age 26
Flexible Spending Accounts
Flexible Spending Accounts for Healthcare and Dependent Care are available to full time benefits eligible employees. With an FSA, the money you contribute is never taxed—not when you put it in the account, not when you are reimbursed with the funds from the account, and not when you file your income tax return at the end of the year.
Learn more about Health Equity.
Samford provides a paid leave plan for eligible employees including, FMLA, sick days, vacation days, bereavement days and paid holidays.
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Friday of Spring Break
- Easter Monday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Friday after Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
Additional Holidays for 2020: November 25; December 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, and 31
Samford University provides generous health, dental and vision insurance benefits for our full-time employees as well as optional life, accidental death and dismemberment and long term disability coverage.
Medical & Dental
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama is our medical and dental provider. The plan is a PPO plan which allows participants to seek medical services from any doctor who participates in the BlueCard Preferred Provider Organization. Full time employees are eligible to participate in the plan upon hire. Benefits will be effective the first day of the month after hire.
We offer three tiers of coverage: individual, employee + spouse or children, and family.
The VSP Vision Care Plan is an optional vision plan available to all full time employees of Samford. You do not have to be a participant in the Samford BCBS plan to participate in the VSP Vision Care Plan. If you are enrolled in the Samford BCBS plan, the VSP benefits would be in addition to the vision benefits provided in the BCBS plan. Once enrolled, simply tell your eyecare provider that you have VSP. No ID card is necessary and no ID card will be issued.
COBRA is the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1985 (Public Law 99-272, Title X). If you are a covered employee, COBRA allows you to temporarily continue coverage under the plan beyond the point at which coverage would otherwise end. COBRA coverage may be offered to each person who is a qualified beneficiary. By law, COBRA benefits are required to be the same as those made available to similarly situated active employees. If the plan changes for active employees, coverage will also change for those covered under COBRA. COBRA premium will be paid by the participant as a rate equal to the full cost of the coverage plus a two-percent administrative fee. Your cost may change over time, as the cost of benefits under the plan changes.
Samford also provides life insurance, long term disability insurance, and AD&D insurance to full time benefits eligible employees. Optional life and AD&D insurance are available for purchase at group rates for full time employees and their family.
403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
Samford University’s 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan offers a convenient way to save for your future through payroll deductions. You may choose between investing with Fidelity or TIAA on either a traditional pre-tax or ROTH after-tax basis.
To apply for your monthly pension benefit, you must first request a pension estimate. This should be done at least 30 days prior to retirement, and can be requested up to 90 days prior to retirement. Also at this time, you will need to notify your direct supervisor or department head of your intentions to retire. Once the pension estimate has been received, you will be contacted by human resources to set up an appointment to complete your pension paperwork. Your pension benefit will be paid the first of the month following your retirement date. The benefit will continue to be paid on the first of each month thereafter. You may elect to have your monthly benefit direct deposited to your bank account, or mailed to your home address.
As a participant in your employer’s defined benefit pension plan you have access to the Retirement Focus Service Center – a secure customer service center that helps you access your account information. To set up your Retirement Focus account, follow the easy steps in the enrollment instructions.
Sam.Well Wellness Program
Samford University’s Wellness Program eligibility requirements need to be completed by November 30, 2020. Effective January 1, 2021, eligible employees that completed all wellness program requirements will receive a $300 annual ($25 per month) wellness discount on your Samford health insurance. See below for how to participate and earn the required 500 points.
Check and register for upcoming health education and wellness events in the "Events" section of the online wellness portal.
Samford University provides an Employee Tuition Benefit (ETB) to eligible employees, retirees, their spouses, and dependent children, when they meet the University’s admission requirements.
The application for the 2019-2020 academic year is now open. Please note that ETB applications are due no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of a semester.
- Free admission to most home athletic events. For more information, view the Athletics Ticket Policy and Registration Form
- $2.00 Friday at the Cafeteria with your current ID.
- Employees receive a 10% discount on Samford Shop merchandise (excluding textbooks) with your current ID.
- Reid Chapel is available, for a fee, for weddings and other events. For more information, visit Event Planning.
- Employees are recognized at our Annual Service Awards Luncheon for each five years of full-time service.
- You are welcome to use the University Libraries, but will first need to have your ID coded by the library. Employees are responsible for the payment of fines when returning overdue books and materials.
- Weight room, swimming pool, racquetball court, and indoor track facilities are available to faculty and staff when classes are not in session. For more information, visit Campus Recreation.
- Employees are eligible for one free ticket to most Theater Productions. For more information, visit the Theater Box Office.
Retirement (403b) Forms
- Fidelity Online Enrollment Flyer
- Plan Disclosure Notice
- TIAA Online Enrollment Flyer
- 403b Salary Deferral Agreement—(The 403(b) Salary Deferral Process is being updated and a new process will be available November 9, 2020)
- 403b Summary Plan Description—Fidelity—(Contact HR)
- 403b Summary Plan Description TIAA-CREF—(Contact HR)
Employee Tuition Benefit (ETB) Forms
Health, Dental and Vision Forms
Life Insurance Forms
Health Equity Forms
Long Term Disability Forms
- Long Term Disability Claim Form—Contact HR
Family Medical Leave (FMLA) Forms
- Family Medical Leave Application Forms—Contact HR