The following is a collection of terms with their definitions to be used in conjunction with viewing an individual’s University sponsored life insurance coverage and beneficiary designations and updating such information online using the Self Service Portal.
The University (employer) paid life insurance plan.
The person (parent, spouse, child or other relative or friend) designated to receive life insurance benefits in the event of the death of the covered individual. A beneficiary may also be a trust.
Method for the life insurance benefit distribution to beneficiaries by a percent or dollar amount.
An individual who an employee specifies to receive life insurance benefits in the event of his or her death.
An individual who will receive life insurance benefits only if the primary beneficiaries are deceased. For example, an individual who has a spouse and two children may designate benefits to be paid first to the spouse and then to the children if the spouse is deceased. The children are considered contingent beneficiaries. It is not mandatory to designate a contingent beneficiary though is recommended.
The employee paid life insurance plan covering the employee’s eligible dependent children.
A form made available by the sponsoring company for the life insurance plans to apply for life insurance coverage after hire or initial eligibility. Applies to the Basic, Supplemental and Spouse plans.
An individual who is designated to receive life insurance benefits, in the event of the employee’s death, before other beneficiaries. For example, an individual who has a spouse and two children may designate benefits to be paid first to the spouse and then to the children if the spouse is deceased. The spouse is considered the primary beneficiary.
The employee paid life insurance plan covering the employee’s spouse or partner.
The employee paid life insurance plan covering the employee.
A legal and financial arrangement used to manage an individual’s assets in the event of his or her death. There are a variety of trust arrangements. If an individual is interested in learning more about trusts or establishing a trust, he or she should consult a licensed attorney experienced with trusts and estate planning.
The manager of a trust, usually a bank or trust company.