Benefits and Perks

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USF offers a competitive total package. 
In addition to being a part of a dynamic research university, employees have the opportunity to participate in a variety of pre-tax and post-tax voluntary benefit programs and retirement plans based on the type of position held.  View the dropdowns below for some quick peeks or review the Benefits Summary for more in-depth information.

In addition to the essential benefits, USF offers many opportunities for professional development and personal enrichment, recognition programs, wellness and great perks and discounts.  Try the total compensation tool to see what the complete value of your compensation package may look like. 


Faculty, Administrative and Staff

Below are types of insurance programs available to employees appointed to regular Faculty, Administration, or Staff positions:

Health, Dental and Vision Insurance Plans
State Life and Optional Life Insurance Plans
Supplemental Insurance Plans such as Cancer, Hospitalization, Intensive Care, and Accident/Disability
Medical and Dependent Care Flexible Reimbursement Account
Domestic Partner Health Insurance Stipend
Long-term Disability Insurance
Long-term Care Insurance

Postdoctoral Scholars

Employees appointed to a Postdoctoral Scholar position are offered two different benefit program options. Postdoctoral Scholars are allowed to participate in some of the same State sponsored insurance programs offered to Faculty, Administration, and Staff if they are appointed to work 30 hours or more per week. In addition, Postdoctoral Scholars are offered University sponsored insurance plans:

Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance Plans
State Life Insurance
Supplemental Insurance Plans such as Cancer, Hospitalization, Intensive Care and Accident/Disability
Dependent Care Flexible Reimbursement Account

University Sponsored Health and Dental Insurance Plans
Long-term Disability Insurance
Long-term Care Insurance
Additional Life Insurance

Graduate Assistants

Most employees appointed to a Graduate Assistantship position are offered a student health insurance, which is paid by USF. The insurance plan is provided by the University Student Health Insurance office.

Temporary Employees

Employees appointed in a temporary position working 30 hours or more may be offered the below insurance plans. The 30 work hours can be a combination of hours worked at USF and another State Agency.

Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance Plans
State Life Insurance
Supplemental Insurance Plans such as Cancer, Hospitalization, Intensive Care, and Accident/Disability
Dependent Care Flexible Reimbursement Account
Long-term Disability Insurance
Long-term Care Insurance
Additional Life Insurance


The University of South Florida provides employees the opportunity to participate in several different retirement and savings programs. All regular Faculty, Administration, and Staff employees are required to participate in a retirement plan sponsored by the State of Florida.

For our part-time, seasonal and temporary employees not covered by the Florida Retirement System, the University of South Florida offers a qualified 401(a) – FICA Alternative retirement plan. Eligible employees are automatically enrolled in this Temporary Employee Retirement Plan (TERP) upon employment.

Additionally, all Employees can participate in the voluntary retirement savings plans offered by the University of South Florida. 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuities and 457 State Deferred Compensation plans offer employees the opportunity to save money for retirement while reducing their current income tax liability.

Employees who take a distribution/rollover or receive a benefit from their State of Florida retirement plan at the time of termination are considered retirees from the University or State. Retirees seeking re-employment should consider the impact of any re-employment. View more information about retiree re-employment.


Faculty, Administration and Staff employees enjoy nine paid holidays as listed below. While most offices will close, there will be exceptions due to the nature of work performed. In addition, the University President may announce additional floating holidays.

Although most Temporary employees are not eligible to be paid for these days off, the following temporary employee groups are paid for holidays:

  • Professional, salaried temporary
  • Salaried graduate assistants/associates covered by the collective bargaining agreement
  • Adjunct faculty who are working their regularly required work schedule
  • Regular staff employees who have successfully completed their probationary period are eligible for one personal holiday each year in addition to the holidays listed below:

New Year's Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veteran's Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Learning Opportunities

USF offers its employees opportunities for both personal and professional learning and development.

Employees are encouraged to pursue continuous learning and USF waives tuition costs for up to 6 credit hours per semester for employees that meet the program eligibility requirements.

USF employees can also benefit from internal training offered by Learning & Talent Development. LTD offers Computer and Business System training, Professional Development for supervisors and managers, Team Development and Organization Development.

Innovative Education on the Tampa campus provides employees with many learning opportunities - Graduate Certificates, Professional Development Opportunities, Testing Services, as well as Programs for Seniors (50+). Many of the programs are offered fully or partially online.

Employees have access to a wealth of services at the USF Libraries.

Tampa Campus
Sarasota/Manatee Campus
St. Petersburg Campus

Employee Recognition

At the University of South Florida we recognize that our employees make a difference in our success. We take every opportunity to celebrate their contributions and thank them for their service in a variety of ways:

USF's Length of Service Recognition program celebrates the long term commitment of our unBullievable employees to the University.

Numerous University awards include University Distinguished Professor, Emeritus Professor, Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching & Advising awards and Outstanding Community-Engaged Teaching Awards. Additionally, USF is proud to recognize the numerous external awards earned by our faculty.

The Outstanding Staff Awards recognize employees who exemplify excellence through their daily commitment to the University.

The Quiet Quality Awards were implemented in the fall of 1996 by the Staff Senate with strong support from USF administration in a collaborative effort to increase employee recognition.

Work/Life Balance

USF offers a wide variety of programs, events, conveniences and amenities in a beautiful and welcoming environment providing opportunities to help balance work and life demands.

USF Preschool for Creative Learning

USF accommodates employees who participate in a Florida Prepaid College Plan by offering payroll deduction.

USF Campus Recreation offers membership to USF employees. This is a state of the art facility with programs that include Aquatics, Fitness, Intra-murals, Outdoor Recreation and Sports Clubs and is conveniently located on the Tampa campus.

The University of South Florida's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a service program designed to assist employees with personal, family, or workplace concerns/issues.

Each Fall the University hosts a Faculty and Staff Tailgate Event at one of the football games at Raymond James Stadium to thank employees for their contribution throughout the year.

Campus Resources

USF offers a wide variety of on-campus resources, such as:


Arts and Culture
Athletics and Fitness
Dining on Campus
Services on Campus
USF Federal Credit Union
Pharmacies: For the convenience of USF employees the Bulls Country Pharmacy in the Marshall Student Center and the Morsani Center Pharmacy are located on the Tampa Campus.


Campus Recreation Center
Dining Services


Campus Life