Marriage

After getting married, you may need to update or change the following information:

Add your spouse to your health, dental and vision insurance:

  • You must complete and submit the Benefits Change Form PDF Document to the Benefits Division within 31 days of your marriage. A copy of a signed marriage license is required as well as the first and last page of a 1040 tax return or proof of join ownership (e.g. bank statement, lease, deed, car note, utility bill, etc.). The documents must include both the employee and the spouse's names.
  • You cannot change the health or dental plan in which you are enrolled.
  • Insurance premiums are not prorated. Regardless of the date of marriage, you are financially responsible for the entire month of insurance premiums. These may be retroactively deducted on future paychecks.

Enroll your spouse in life insurance:

  • You may enroll in spouse life insurance with coverage up to your total basic and supplemental life insurance, not to exceed $500,000, in $10,000 increments. Elect $30,000 on the Benefits Change Form PDF Document and complete the Evidence of Insurability PDF Document form to apply for additional coverage.
  • Allow the Benefits Division five business days to process your Benefits Change Form before changing your life insurance beneficiaries through the Self Service Portal. If your spouse is incorrectly listed as “friend” or does not appear, please contact the Benefits Division before making any changes.

Change your personal information:

  • Update your home address in the Self Service Portal if you have moved.
  • Change your name with Northwestern University by submitting a Personal Data Form PDF Document and providing your new social security card to the payroll office.