Syracuse University is proud to offer a benefit program that is family-friendly, progressive, and responsive to the diversity of our community. Qualified employees are eligible for the majority of the benefit plans immediately upon hire.

The University absorbs a significant portion of the cost for most plans, while some programs are employee-pay-all. Overall, the value of health insurance, retirement plan contributions and tuition assistance represents approximately 40 percent of an employee’s annual wages, resulting in a generous total compensation package. Review the 2021 Benefits Guide for New Hires [PDF] for an overview of the standard benefit package.


Most plans allow the employee to cover a legal spouse or an eligible domestic partner, children under age 26, and disabled dependents that meet the criteria listed in the benefits eligibility policy.  Please consult the full benefits eligibility policy and the specific plan document or contact HR Shared Services with any questions about eligibility rules for yourself or your dependents.

Enrolling in Benefits

Eligible employees may enroll or change benefit elections through MySlice within 31 days of hire, or during the annual Open Enrollment period held each fall, typically in early November. Outside of the Open Enrollment period, no changes may be made without a qualifying family status change.

Should you have any questions, please reach out to HR Shared Services at 315.443.4042.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained within this website is accurate. However, benefits are governed by legal documents (which, in certain circumstances, may include insurance contracts). If there is any difference between the information in this website and the official documents, the official documents will control. As is the case with all of Syracuse University’s employee benefit plans, the University reserves the right to modify or terminate these benefits at any time.