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At Northwestern, we are proud to provide meaningful benefits support and peace of mind through competitive programs that include high-quality health care plans, retirement benefits, tuition discounts and more.
Choose from options that fit your individual needs.
Enroll or change benefits
Benefit eligibilityUniversity employees — like staff, faculty, visiting scholars — and their spouses and dependent children are eligible for benefits. Eligibility for benefits varies based on employment classification.
Benefit changesChange your benefit elections during Open Enrollment or when you experience an IRS Qualifying Event, such as adding a child to your family, getting married, or changing positions.
New Faculty & StaffTo elect benefits online, you must take action within 31 days of your hire date. Please allow two weeks from the date of your elections submission for processing. Attend a New Employee Orientation: Benefits Session for more information.
Help with benefits
Find resources that may be helpful as you manage your Northwestern benefits. If you have any questions or concerns — either during benefits enrollment or any time throughout the year — please don’t hesitate to contact us.