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Northwestern University offers a wide range of benefits to employees. Explore the many discounts and incentives available to eligible staff, faculty and their dependents.

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The program provides reimbursement for all or a portion of the expenses resulting from the adoption of a child, including legal fees, travel expenses and adoption agency fees.

See Adoption Assistance Reimbursement

Adoption Assistance Reimbursement
Childcare & Family
Northwestern University employees have dedicated spaces at Baby & Toddler Nursery, a childcare center that cares for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age.

See Baby & Toddler Nursery (Childcare Center)

Baby & Toddler Nursery (Childcare Center)
Childcare & Family
The Backup Care Reimbursement Program provides faculty, staff and students with reimbursement up to $25/day (up to 6 days per academic year) for short-term care you access when your regular childcare arrangements fall through.

See Backup Care Reimbursement Program

Backup Care Reimbursement Program
Childcare & Family
Baker Demonstration School is a junior kindergarten through 8th grade school based in Wilmette, IL. It offers benefits-eligible Northwestern faculty and staff a 5% tuition discount.

See Baker Demonstration School (Kindergarten - Grade 8 School)

Baker Demonstration School (Kindergarten - Grade 8 School)
Education & Training, Childcare & Family
Basic Term Life Insurance is fully University-paid. It provides financial support for designated beneficiaries in the event of the death of benefits-eligible faculty and staff. 

See Basic Term Life Insurance

Basic Term Life Insurance
Health & Wellness, Insurance & Finances
Bereavement absence is provided following the death of a family member. The number of paid days provided varies according to the employee's relationship to the deceased.

See Bereavement Absence

Bereavement Absence
Time Off & Holidays, Childcare & Family
Birth/Adoption Parental Leave (BAPL) is paid absence from work for parents with a newborn or newly adopted child. Four weeks of paid leave is available to mothers and fathers who hold regular benefits eligible positions. 
Birth/Adoption Parental Leave
Time Off & Holidays, Childcare & Family
The University provide employees with reasonable break time for her to express breast milk for her nursing child. Both exempt and non-exempt staff are compensated for the time they are expressing breast milk.

See Break Time for Nursing Mothers

Break Time for Nursing Mothers
Time Off & Holidays, Childcare & Family
Bright Horizons is a childcare center serving children through kindergarten; it is based in Evanston, IL. It offers benefits-eligible Northwestern faculty and staff a 10% tuition discount and fee assistance to eligible families.

See Bright Horizons (Childcare Center)

Bright Horizons (Childcare Center)
Education & Training, Childcare & Family
Baker Demonstration School has two Chicago locations. It offers benefits-eligible Northwestern faculty and staff a 20% tuition discount.

See British International School (Pre-K - Grade 12 School)

British International School (Pre-K - Grade 12 School)
Education & Training, Childcare & Family
Northwestern provides a paid membership to Care.com’s online search tool. Faculty, staff and students can use the database to find childcare, adult and senior companion care, pet care and more.

See Care.com Membership

Care.com Membership
Childcare & Family
Chicago Grammar School is a junior kindergarten through 8th grade school based in Chicago. It offers benefits-eligible Northwestern faculty and staff a 20% tuition discount.

See Chicago Grammar School (Pre-K - Grade 8 School)

Chicago Grammar School (Pre-K - Grade 8 School)
Education & Training, Childcare & Family
Fee Assistance is available to eligible families with children enrolled in Bright Horizons @ Evanston, Bernice E. Lavin Early Childhood Education Center, McGaw YMCA Children’s Center, and the University Children’s Center.

See Childcare Fee Assistance

Childcare Fee Assistance
Childcare & Family
Benefits-eligible employees can choose between Dearborn National PPO, Guardian First Commonwealth Dental HMO and Cigna International Dental, with dependant coverage available.

See Dental Insurance

Dental Insurance
Health & Wellness, Insurance & Finances
The Dependent Care FSA reimburses dependent care expenses that allow you and your spouse to work. Additionally, employees with a family adjusted gross income up to $130,000 can apply for Northwestern matching funds.

See Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Childcare & Family, Insurance & Finances
Northwestern University offers all full-time faculty (permanent status, excluding research faculty) a taxable grant for qualified short-term dependent care expenses incurred when traveling to attend professional meetings, conferences, workshops and professional development opportunities. 

See Dependent Care Professional Travel Grant

Dependent Care Professional Travel Grant
Childcare & Family
Purchase term life insurance protection for dependent children through Dependent Child Term Life Insurance.

See Dependent Child Term Life Insurance

Dependent Child Term Life Insurance
Health & Wellness, Childcare & Family, Insurance & Finances
An employee’s children (up to age 26) may receive financial assistance with tuition for full-time undergraduate degrees taken at schools other than Northwestern University.

See Dependent Portable Tuition Benefits

Dependent Portable Tuition Benefits
Education & Training, Childcare & Family
An employee's dependent spouses and children (up to age 26) may receive discounted tuition for undergraduate courses at Northwestern University.

See Dependent Reduced Tuition

Dependent Reduced Tuition
Education & Training, Childcare & Family
Northwestern faculty, staff and students can access center-based backup/drop-in care at area childcare centers. Northwestern also has a contact at Illinois Action for Children who can provide referral for in-home sick child care providers. 

See Drop-In Childcare

Drop-In Childcare
Childcare & Family
The Employee Assistance Program provides faculty and staff with a network of services, including short-term counseling sessions with a local, licensed counselor and unlimited, 24/7 telephonic counseling. 

See Employee Assistance Program

Employee Assistance Program
Health & Wellness
The benefit covers 100% of tuition and and fees (up to $12,000 per calendar year) for short-term, non-credit certificate courses taken at Northwestern University. 

See Employee NU Certificate Tuition

Employee NU Certificate Tuition
Education & Training
The benefit covers 100% of tuition and and fees (up to $12,000 per calendar year) for undergraduate and graduate education for job-related courses taken outside of Northwestern University. 

See Employee Portable Tuition

Employee Portable Tuition
Education & Training
The benefit covers 90% of tuition (up to $12,000 per calendar year) for eligible undergraduate and graduate courses taken at Northwestern University. 

See Employee Reduced Tuition

Employee Reduced Tuition
Education & Training
Northwestern provides paid family leave to eligible faculty for childbearing, adoption and child-rearing. Consult the Office of the Provost website for information and FAQs about types and length of leave, eligibility and the application process.

See Faculty Family Leave

Faculty Family Leave
Time Off & Holidays, Childcare & Family
Family Care Leave provides job-protected leave for the adoption of a child, or for a father of a newborn child, or for placement of a child in foster care, or for a serious health condition affecting a spouse, parent, child or declared same-sex domestic partner.

See Family Care Leave of Absence

Family Care Leave of Absence
Health & Wellness, Time Off & Holidays, Childcare & Family
GEMS World Academy is a junior kindergarten through 8th grade school based in Chicago. It offers benefits-eligible Northwestern faculty and staff a 20% tuition discount.

See GEMS World Academy (Pre-K - Grade 8 School)

GEMS World Academy (Pre-K - Grade 8 School)
Education & Training, Childcare & Family
Northwestern offers portable childcare grants, which can be used for any licensed day care or in-home care provider, for eligible graduate students affiliated with The Graduate School (TGS).

See Graduate Student Childcare Grant

Graduate Student Childcare Grant
Childcare & Family
Harkness House is a childcare center serving children through kindergarten; it is based in Winnetka, IL. It offers priority enrollment to benefits-eligible Northwestern faculty and staff.

See Harkness House (Childcare Center)

Harkness House (Childcare Center)
Education & Training, Childcare & Family
This spending account reimburses health care expenses incurred by employees and their tax dependents that are not eligible to be paid by insurance.

See Health Care and Limited Use Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Health Care and Limited Use Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Health & Wellness, Insurance & Finances
Benefits-eligible employees can chose between a variety of health insurance plans: BlueCross BlueSheild of Illinois PPO plans, HMO Illinois, Affordable Care Act PPO plan and Cigna International Health plan. Dependant coverage is available. Retirees, postdoctoral scholars and students also have health insurance options.

See Health Insurance

Health Insurance
Health & Wellness, Insurance & Finances
The Health Savings Account can reimburse eligible healthcare expenses of those enrolled in the Value PPO plan. Expenses are reimbursed with money set aside from earnings.

See Health Savings Account (HSA)

Health Savings Account (HSA)
Health & Wellness, Insurance & Finances
Eligible faculty and staff receive free identity protection and credit monitoring services coverage through InfoArmor.

See Identity Protection Coverage

Identity Protection Coverage
Insurance & Finances
A dedicated childcare referral specialist at Illinois Action for Children is available to help Northwestern families learn about childcare options.

See Illinois Action for Children Childcare Referral Program

Illinois Action for Children Childcare Referral Program
Childcare & Family
The Illinois Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA) Leave of Absence provides up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave for an employee who is victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or has a family or household member who is a victim of domestic or sexual violence.

See Illinois Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA) Leave of Absence

Illinois Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA) Leave of Absence
Health & Wellness, Time Off & Holidays, Childcare & Family
Northwestern allows employees to be absent with pay for jury duty; employees can also receive pay for jury duty service.

See Jury duty

Jury duty
Time Off & Holidays
Dedicated lactation rooms are available on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses.

See Lactation Rooms on Campus

Lactation Rooms on Campus
Childcare & Family
Northwestern employees and immediate family members can access a discount for laser vision correction services (LASIK or PRK) done at Northwestern Medicine’s downtown campus by Northwestern Medicine LASIK Physicians.

See Laser Vision Correction Discount

Laser Vision Correction Discount
Health & Wellness
Long Term Disability provides a monthly benefit if you are unable to perform your regular job or any reasonable job due to illness or injury.

See Long Term Disability Insurance

Long Term Disability Insurance
Health & Wellness, Insurance & Finances
Maternity Leave is absence from work for a pregnant employee following the birth of her child; it may coincide with the 12 weeks of job-protected leave ensured by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Eligible staff may use Extended Sick Time (EST) benefits to cover the disability period of their maternity leave.

See Maternity Leave of Absence

Maternity Leave of Absence
Health & Wellness, Time Off & Holidays, Childcare & Family
Baker Demonstration School is a childcare center serving children through pre-kindergarten based in Evanston, IL. There is also an after-school program and summer camp for school-aged children. It offers benefits-eligible Northwestern faculty and staff a 10% tuition discount.

See McGaw YMCA (Childcare Center)

McGaw YMCA (Childcare Center)
Childcare & Family
Eligible employees have up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected medical leave per year (with health benefits maintained) to care for a personal serious health condition. It can be used in combination with the Extended Sick Time benefit. 

See Medical Leave of Absence

Medical Leave of Absence
Health & Wellness, Time Off & Holidays
Midwest Montessori Demonstration School is a pre-kindergarten through kindergarten school based in Evanston, IL. It offers benefits-eligible Northwestern faculty and staff a 10% tuition discount.

See Midwest Montessori Demonstration School (Pre-K - K School)

Midwest Montessori Demonstration School (Pre-K - K School)
Childcare & Family
Military active duty leave is an FMLA job-protected absence for active military service for employees who enlist or are inducted in to the armed forces of the United States.

See Military Active Duty and Training Leaves of Absence

Military Active Duty and Training Leaves of Absence
Time Off & Holidays

Military Caregiver Leave is an FMLA job-protected absence to care for a military service member who is the employee's spouse, domestic partner, child, or parent with a serious illness or injury incurred in the line of active duty.

See Military Caregiver Leave of Absence

Military Caregiver Leave of Absence
Time Off & Holidays, Childcare & Family
Eligible employees may receive reimbursement for moving expenses, such as airfare, moving companies, lodging and more.

See Moving Expense Reimbursement

Moving Expense Reimbursement
Housing & Transit
Employees, their spouses and dependent children can receive 25% discount lessons fees for non-degree lessons taken at Bienen Music School’s Music Academy.

See Music Academy Reduced Tuition Benefits

Music Academy Reduced Tuition Benefits
Education & Training, Childcare & Family
Northwestern families receive discounted membership at Neighborhood Parents Network, which provides family resources and networking opportunities for navigating parenting in the city. 

See Neighborhood Parents’ Network Discount

Neighborhood Parents’ Network Discount
Childcare & Family
North Shore Montessori Schools are childcare center serving children through kindergarten; it has multiple suburban locations in Deerfield, Northfield and Riverwoods. It offers benefits-eligible Northwestern faculty and staff a 10% tuition discount.

See North Shore Montessori Schools (Childcare Center)

North Shore Montessori Schools (Childcare Center)
Education & Training, Childcare & Family
Northwestern faculty, staff and postdocs can access master’s level clinicians for telephone consultations on a variety of senior and adult care issues.  

See Northwestern Senior Care Connections

Northwestern Senior Care Connections
Childcare & Family
Each year, benefits-eligible staff receive paid days off work on a variety of scheduled holidays.

See Paid Holidays

Paid Holidays
Time Off & Holidays
Northwestern University annually provides up to three personal floating holidays as paid time away from work each fiscal year.

See Personal Floating Holidays

Personal Floating Holidays
Time Off & Holidays
Personal Leave is absence taken for personal development related to University employment, for research, for travel, or after the expiration of leave for personal medical or family care. Personal leave starts with use of accrued vacation and personal floating holidays; after these days have been paid, the leave continues unpaid.

See Personal Leave of Absence

Personal Leave of Absence
Health & Wellness, Time Off & Holidays, Childcare & Family
Northwestern can deduct University parking fees and public transit expenses from benefits-eligible employees' gross pay via payroll deduction. It can be used to purchase a CTA , Metra or Pace transit pass or add to funds to a fare card online. 

See Pre-Tax Transit & Parking

Pre-Tax Transit & Parking
Housing & Transit
Northwestern staff offer assistance with the real estate and rental search process, including securing a mortgage. Mortgage assistance may be available though the University’s preferred vendors.

See Relocation and Mortgage Assistance

Relocation and Mortgage Assistance
Housing & Transit
Staff members who accept an assignment in NU-Qatar will be extended a six-month unpaid Repatriation Leave upon return to the United States at the conclusion of their assignment in NU-Qatar.

See Repatriation Leave of Absence (NU-Qatar)

Repatriation Leave of Absence (NU-Qatar)
Time Off & Holidays
Retirees can choose between the Dearborn National PPO and Guardian First Commonwealth HMO dental plans.

See Retiree Dental Plans

Retiree Dental Plans
Health & Wellness, Insurance & Finances, Retirement
Retirees can choose between the UnitedHealthCare Medicare Advantage, UnitedHealthCare Medicare Supplement Plans, Retiree BCBS HMO Illinois or Retiree BCBS PPO Premier.

See Retiree Health Plans

Retiree Health Plans
Health & Wellness, Insurance & Finances, Retirement
The retiree vision option is available through EyeMed.

See Retiree Vision Plans

Retiree Vision Plans
Health & Wellness, Insurance & Finances, Retirement
Unmatched contributions of 5% of eligible earnings is invested in Fidelity or TIAA after the employee's first year, with the option to elect Northwestern University matched contributions of 1-5%.

See Retirement Plan

Retirement Plan
Retirement
Roycemore School is an elementary and secondary school located in Evanston, IL. It offers benefits-eligible Northwestern faculty and staff a 15% tuition discount.

See Roycemore School (Pre-K - Grade 12 School)

Roycemore School (Pre-K - Grade 12 School)
Education & Training, Childcare & Family
Staff may use vacation and/or personal floating holiday time for school visitation time off from work to visit their child’s school for conferences or classroom activities. 

See School Visitation

School Visitation
Time Off & Holidays, Childcare & Family
A licensed social worker and senior care expert provides confidential one-hour, support groups and 1:1 consultations on campus.

See Senior and Adult Caregiver Support Group and Consultations

Senior and Adult Caregiver Support Group and Consultations
Childcare & Family
The University’s sick time program includes incidental sick time and extended sick time. Incidental sick time can be used for absences due to personal illness or the illness of a qualifying family member requiring care; extended sick time provides 100% of an employee's salary for an approved extended illness or injury.

See Sick Time

Sick Time
Time Off & Holidays
Skokie Montessori School is a pre-kindergarten through elementary school located in Skokie, IL. It offers benefits-eligible Northwestern faculty and staff a 10% tuition discount.

See Skokie Montessori School (Pre-K - Grade 5 School)

Skokie Montessori School (Pre-K - Grade 5 School)
Education & Training, Childcare & Family
Purchase term life insurance protection for a spouse or partner through Spouse Term Life Insurance.

See Spouse Term Life Insurance

Spouse Term Life Insurance
Health & Wellness, Childcare & Family, Insurance & Finances
You can purchase term life insurance protection above the amount of Basic Term Life insurance provided by the University.

See Supplemental Term Life Insurance

Supplemental Term Life Insurance
Health & Wellness, Insurance & Finances
The Goddard School is a childcare center serving children through junior kindergarten; it is based in Skokie, IL. It offers benefits-eligible Northwestern faculty and staff 12% tuition discount.

See The Goddard School (Childcare Center)

The Goddard School (Childcare Center)
Education & Training, Childcare & Family
Harkness House is a childcare center serving children through kindergarten; it is based in Chicago. It offers priority enrollment and reduced tuition rates to benefits-eligible Northwestern faculty and staff.

See University Children’s Center (Childcare Center)

University Children’s Center (Childcare Center)
Childcare & Family
Paid vacation time is available for staff and may be used to extend bereavement time or personal floating holiday time. An employee's vacation accrual rate is based on employment type and years of qualified service.

See Vacation Time

Vacation Time
Time Off & Holidays
Vision insurance through EyeMed is available, as is vision insurance that is built-in to BlueCross BlueShield, HMO Illinois and Cigna International health care plans.

See Vision Insurance

Vision Insurance
Health & Wellness, Insurance & Finances
 If employees are unable to vote before or after regular working hours on an election day, they may take the time needed to vote, not to exceed two hours, without loss of pay.

See Voting time

Voting time
Time Off & Holidays
More than 300 independent businesses provide deals and discounts to Northwestern students, faculty, and staff through Wildcard Advantage. Businesses not affiliated with Northwestern. 

See Wildcard Advantage Discounts

Wildcard Advantage Discounts
Health & Wellness, Insurance & Finances, Housing & Transit
The University’s academic and administrative offices between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day; most University employees receive these days as paid days off work in addition to scheduled University holidays.

See Winter Recess

Winter Recess
Time Off & Holidays
 Staff members who incur occupation-related injuries or illnesses are entitled to all necessary medical and hospital care as well as certain disability benefits. 

See Worker’s Compensation Leave of Absence

Worker’s Compensation Leave of Absence
Health & Wellness, Time Off & Holidays
Free group exercise classes are offered each quarter on the Evanston and Chicago campuses and are led by a certified group exercise instructor.

See YourLife Fitness Classes

YourLife Fitness Classes
Health & Wellness