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Human Resources is responsible for implementing a benefits program that is responsive to the needs of a diverse employee population. Our benefits programs include health insurance, pension benefits, flexible spending accounts, TransitChek, dental insurance, etc.


Instructional Staff Benefits Manual


ECP Benefits Manual


Classified Managerial Staff Benefits at a Glance 


Adjunct Health Coverage





The following medical plans are available to all full-time instructional and noninstructional staff and to continuing education teachers who work at least 20 hours per week and who have a six-month appointment.

POS Definition (Point of Service)
A type of managed care plan that allows members to choose at the point where care begins to receive services from a participating or a nonparticipating provider. There is usually a financial disincentive for going out of the network.

HMO Definition
A health maintenance organization (HMO) is a system of health care that provides managed, prepaid hospital and medical services to its members.


The following medical plans are available to eligible part-time instructional staff.

Adjuncts have the benefit of individual health insurance beginning in the third consecutive semester of teaching for individuals who are teaching six or more hours CUNY-wide in that semester and have taught one or more courses during the first two semesters. Non-teaching adjuncts must work ten hours or more a week for one year on campus to be eligible. You retain this benefit as long as you teach six hours or work ten non-teaching hours. Family coverage is available at additional cost to you. Teaching and non-teaching adjunct work at CUNY can also be combined to secure health insurance. Contact Human Resources to apply.

Doctoral Students
CUNY doctoral students who are also employed at CUNY under the titles Graduate Assistant, Non-teaching Adjunct, or Adjunct College Laboratory Technician are eligible for the New York State Student Employee Health Plan. Doctoral students employed at CUNY in titles eligible for the New York State Student Employee Health Plan are not eligible for adjunct health insurance through the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund. For information, contact the Human Resources Office at the Graduate Center.

PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Benefits 
You are eligible for benefits provided by the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund if you are a full-time member of the City University of New York Instructional Staff, with an appointment expected to last for more than six months. PSC-CUNY's website is Its office can be reached at 212-354-5230.

All part-time instructional staff (adjunct titles, graduate assistant titles, Continuing Education teachers) are eligible for vision benefits provided by General Vision Services. For information, contact the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund at 212-354-5230.

Flexible Spending Accounts
Full-time employees and benefits-eligible Continuing Education teachers can participate in four types of spending accounts. Part-time employees can participate only in the Transit Check Benefit.

Pension Plans                                                                                                    

Within 30 days of your appointment date, full-time employees must elect to join the New York City Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP), TIAA-CREF. Substitute appointees may elect to join. 

Adjuncts are entitled to join the New York City Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) at any time from the first day of employment and may buy back service.

Professional and Continuing Studies teachers are eligible to qualify for a pension program and are advised to call a PSC Pension Counselor at 212-254-1252.

Tax-Deferred Annuities 

All full-time and part-time members of the instructional and non-teaching instructional staff may participate in a tax-deferred annuity program known as a 403(b) plan. This plan allows participants to defer a percentage of salary before taxes through a salary reduction agreement.


FMLA, Child Care, Temporary, Paid Parental Leave for full-time employees


Additional Benefits

Direct deposit, tuition waivers, tuition savings programs, US Savings Bonds, jury duty, COBRA (Continuation of Benefits)


Termination of Coverage




 Office Information

Monday - Friday: 8:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday & Sunday:  Closed

Human Resources
Kiely Hall    Room: 163
       (718) 997-4455
Fax: (718) 997-5799

The Compensation and Benefits
Kiely Hall   Room 153
       (718) 997-5765
Fax: (718) 997-5908




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