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Faculty Benefits

Summary of Benefits for Faculty Members

There are a myriad of benefits available to you as an employee of Texas State University, including vacation and sick leave, insurance, retirement, and perks and discounts.

A "regular" employee is hired to work at least 20 hours per week for a period of at least four and one-half months, excluding those employed in positions which require student status as a condition of employment.


All new regular employees are automatically enrolled in the Teacher Retirement System (TRS). Full-time faculty have a one-time irrevocable choice within 90 days of eligibility to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) in lieu of TRS.

Supplemental Retirement Savings

Employees may participate in the Regular 403(b) Tax Deferred Account, Roth 403(b) Account or Texa$aver 457 Plan through payroll deduction. The voluntary contributions may be invested in a variety of investment products with an approved company.

Group Insurance

Regular employees (75-100% FTE) are automatically covered at no cost for employee-only health coverage and a $5,000 basic life and accidental death & dismemberment policy on the first day of employment. Texas State also contributes 50% of the premium for dependent health coverage.

Salary Spread

Faculty on 9-month contracts may choose to spread their salary over 12 equal monthly payments.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Texas State offers both a Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Account which allows employees to pay for eligible expenses tax-free. Contributions are payroll deducted before federal withholding and Social Security taxes are calculated.

Sick Leave

Regular, full-time employees earn 8 hours of sick leave each month with unlimited accrual to be used for personal or family illness and medical appointments. A sick leave pool is also available subject to eligibility requirements for a maximum of 90 days per catastrophic illness or injury, or lifetime max of 180 days.

Other Paid Leaves

Other paid leaves include: emergency leave, funeral leave, jury duty, certain military leaves, assistance dog training program leave, volunteer firefighter training leave, American Red Cross Service, foster parent leave, and bone marrow, blood and organ donation. Up to 12 weeks of parental leave or Family & Medical Leave may or may not be paid, depending upon the availability of eligible paid leave. Some limitations may apply.

Workers' Compensation Insurance

University employees are automatically covered by workers' compensation insurance at no cost. Workers' compensation provides financial compensation and/or medical benefits for physical injuries and occupational diseases that arise from or in the course of employment.

Unemployment Insurance

University employees are automatically covered by unemployment insurance at no cost.

Work Life and Employee Assistance Program

Texas State’s Work Life Program helps connect faculty and staff with campus and community resources. One component, Bobcat Balance, consists of life-time management tools including: counseling benefits through an employee assistance program, resources to help find child care, elder care, legal assistance, financial counseling, routine daily living needs and much more! This program is designed to help you stay focused at work and enjoy your personal time away from work. For more information visit Work Life.

Campus Recreation

Texas State offers a variety of recreational facilities and equipment including playing fields, courts, gymnasiums, swimming areas, and the University Camp which may be used by faculty and their families/guests. Some facilities are free; others require a small fee.

Other Benefits

Employees receive discounts at the University Bookstore and on tickets to certain Texas State athletic and cultural events. The Alkek Library and the Academic Development and Assessment Office are available as valuable resources at no charge. A list of companies providing various employee discounts may be found here.

Contact Us

For additional information, please contact the Benefits Office at (512) 245-2557, J.C. Kellam Building, Suite 360, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, Texas, 78666.