As the second-largest employer in Onondaga County, 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 our 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 My SU Benefits booklet [PDF] for an overview of the standard benefit package.


Most plans allow the employee to cover a legal spouse or a domestic partner, and children under age 26 (biological, stepchild, adopted child, or child in legal custody).  Please consult the full benefits eligibility policy and the specific plan document or contact the HR Service Center 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 in early November. Outside of the Open Enrollment period, no changes may be made without a qualifying family status change.

Helpful Links

Contact HR Shared Services at 315.443.4042 or with any questions.

The web pages summarize your Syracuse University benefit options. Every effort has been made to ensure this information is accurate. However, the programs are governed by legal documents and insurance contracts. If there is any difference between the information on these web pages and the official documents and contracts, the official documents and contracts will rule. Our benefits are governed by current laws and operated according to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations. We will notify you if changes in plans are necessary to comply with the law or with IRS regulations.
Employees electing to participate in the SU benefit plans are bound by the terms of the governing Plan documents. If you have any questions regarding the plans, you may request a copy of the Plan document from the Plan Administrator by contacting the HR Service Center.
As is the case with all benefits offered by SU, (1) the Plan Administrator has the discretionary authority to interpret the terms of the Plan and such interpretation will be binding on all interested parties to the fullest extent permitted by law, and (2) the University reserves the right to modify or terminate the Plan at any time.