Full-time Employee Benefits


The college provides a Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO medical plan for the employee after an initial 60-day waiting period. If coverage is elected, the employee may select from four tiers of coverage and will contribute a percentage of the premium equivalent. Premiums vary depending on the level of family coverage selected.


The college provides dental insurance for the employee after an initial 60-day waiting period at no cost to the employee. Dental insurance is effective the first day of the month following the 60th day of employment. The employee may elect coverage for eligible dependents and will be required to pay the full premium cost. If enrollment does not occur when initially eligible, there is a 365-day waiting period during which only preventative dental services are covered.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

The college provides an IRS Section 125 Flexible Spending Account (FSA). The plan allows for pre-tax deductions by full-time employees for the purpose of paying health insurance premiums and unreimbursed medical, dental, hearing, vision and dependent daycare expenses as per IRS limitations. The employee is eligible to participate in the plan the 1st of the month following the 60th day of employment.

Term Life

The college provides $50,000 of term life insurance coverage and double indemnity coverage for the employee at no cost in case of accidental death and dismemberment. The employee may purchase additional life insurance on self and eligible dependents.

Long Term Disability

The college provides salary insurance protection for the employee of 50% of monthly salary up to a maximum of $1,800 per month beginning 60 days after total disability occurs until recovery or age 65, whichever occurs first.

Paid Time Off

Includes vacation, personal leave, sick leave and paid holidays. Accrual schedules vary depending on the employee's length of employment.

State Universities Retirement System (SURS)

The college participates in SURS and all employees, except student workers and those employees that are considered temporary or intermittent, are required to contribute eight percent of their gross pay.* This contribution is a pre-tax deduction. The employer contribution is paid by the state of Illinois. Employees who contribute to SURS do not contribute to the Federal Social Security Program (FICA).

General information regarding SURS may be accessed toll free by calling 1-800-ASK SURS (275-7877) or visiting the SURS website.

*Employees hired as Campus Police Officers may be subject to a higher SURS contribution.

Tax Sheltered Annuity Program (403B)

The college provides all employees the opportunity to participate in a Tax Sheltered Annuity Program. The college has pre-approved companies from which employees can choose a tax deferred investment plan. The college does not contribute to these accounts.

Professional Development

Waubonsee’s Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) is an internal training department that serves all Waubonsee employees. The CTLT offers more than 300 free face-to-face training sessions each year on a wide variety of professional development topics. Along with group training, CTLT trainers are available to provide one-on-one assistance. In addition, the CTLT web page contains a large amount of job aids and tutorials that are available 24/7 online.

Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)

The college provides access to an EAP for employees and their eligible dependents. The BalanceWorks program, an integrated employee assistance and work/life program, provides the employee and eligible family members with access to free confidential assistance with everyday work and family issues as well as more challenging personal concerns.

The BalanceWorks program includes:

  • Immediate connection to a counselor 24/7
  • Legal consultation and referral
  • Financial consultation and referral
  • Online resources
  • Child and elder care resource/referral services
  • A personal assistant to help with individual requests on a variety of topics or concerns

Tuition Reimbursement

The college will reimburse a set amount per fiscal year toward tuition, fees, and required textbooks/materials for pre-approved courses at other educational institutions, if a grade of "C" or higher is earned. The college will reimburse tuition for credit courses taken at Waubonsee for employee and eligible dependents, if a grade of "C" or higher is earned. There is a limit of 6 credits per semester for employees. There is no limit on credits for eligible dependents.

Direct Deposit

Waubonsee employees are encouraged to enroll in direct deposit and may divide their paycheck among multiple accounts.

The description above is a summary of the current benefit program offered and is not intended to be an all-inclusive statement or a guarantee of benefits.