Purdue Northwest is committed to providing a comprehensive benefits package that meets your needs at each stage of your employment. Most benefits are effective with the first day of employment and are offered on a calendar-year basis.
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Benefits By Type
PNW is happy to offer health insurance options to students through Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Medical and Prescription Drug Plan. Coverage includes medical and prescription drug, as well as limited vision and dental. Registered undergraduate and graduate domestic students taking six or more credit hours and degree seeking are eligible to enroll.
All international undergraduate and graduate students who are registered, regardless of credit hours, or in an approved professional certificate program must enroll in the mandatory university health insurance plan unless you meet the criteria for a waiver.
Purdue gives you a couple different medical options from which to choose so you can select the plan that is best for you and your family. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield administers the health plans and you have access to the same network on all plans. The primary differences between the plans are what you will pay in premiums as well as your deductible and out of pocket maximums.
You can choose from three dental insurance plans, each administered through Anthem Dental. There is a free preventive-only dental plan, or you can choose from two buy up plans to provide coverage when additional dental services are necessary.
All faculty and staff in benefits-eligible positions are covered by Vision Service Plan (VSP) at no charge. Additionally, all dependents enrolled in a Purdue medical plan are automatically enrolled in VSP at no additional charge.
VSP benefits help you get the glasses or contacts you need to correct your vision. The program covers services from both VSP member and non-member doctors. In addition to glasses and contacts, the plan offers discounts on LASIK and PRK procedures.
You are protected during life’s critical situations. Purdue offers a variety of insurance plans to help you and your family through the difficulties of a death in the family or significant dismemberment injury as a result of an accident.
The university offers disability insurance administered by Guardian that provides income replacement in the event of an illness or injury that results in your inability to work for an extended period of time. All benefit eligible employees are enrolled in Long Term Disability Insurance. The premium is shared by Purdue and the employee. Short Term Disability insurance is available for certain classifications of employees and enrollment is optional.
Purdue offers several additional voluntary benefit insurance options. You pay 100% of the premium; however, you also experience the benefit of a group rate. Options include
Purdue offers a few different types of spending and savings accounts administered by HSABank, each with its own set of guidelines: Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (DCFSA), Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Accounts (LPFSA), Health Savings Accounts (HSA), and Wellness Health Reimbursement Accounts (Wellness HRA).
Benefit-eligible employees have access to a variety of leaves, both paid and unpaid. Your employee classification determines the amount of leave available to you.
- Paid Leaves specific to Faculty, Executive, Management, Professional, Continuing Lecturers, Post Docs and Op Techs include Sick leave, Vacation accrual and Personal Business Days.
- Paid Leaves specific to Administrative and Operational Support, Police Fire and Skilled Trades include Sick leave and Vacation accrual.
- Paid Leaves available to all classifications include Bereavement, Paid Parental Leave, Jury and Witness Duty and Military Leave up to 15 calendar days.
- Unpaid leave available to all classifications include Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Military Leave beyond 15 calendar days, Personal Leave, and Workers Compensation.
Purdue offers a tuition remission benefit for employees, their spouses and children. Additional criteria may be required for eligibility, and certain programs may not qualify. Please contact your benefit administrator for guidance.
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