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Benefits at a Glance

Boise State provides a comprehensive and highly competitive benefits package for university faculty and staff. Employees who are hired to work 20 or more hours per week for five (5) consecutive months are benefit-eligible and some benefits are available to all employees, regardless of their benefit status. Benefits extend beyond healthcare coverage to support the whole employee experience including wellness initiatives, professional development, tuition assistance, retirement savings, and much more. Scroll through the list of benefits or visit Boise State’s Benefits website.

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Health and Wellness Benefits

Health, Prescription and Vision Insurance

Health, Prescription and Vision coverage is available for benefit-eligible employees and their families. Medical, Prescription, Dental, and Vision webpage.

Dental Insurance

Dental coverage is available for benefit-eligible employees and their families. Medical, Prescription, Dental, and Vision webpage.

Supplemental Health, Life and Disability

Benefit-eligible employees can opt-in for guaranteed renewable supplemental insurance for cancer and critical illness, intensive care, hospital, personal accident, short-term disability and life insurance. Supplemental Health, Life and Disability section of the Voluntary Benefits webpage.

Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act provides information about unpaid leave up to 12 weeks for the birth or adoption of a child; to care for a seriously ill family member; or for a serious illness. Family and Medical Leave Act webpage.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides free, confidential short-term counseling services to eligible employees and their families. Employee Assistance Program webpage

BroncoFit Wellness Release Time

The university offers employees up to 60 minutes per week of health and wellness release time, with supervisor approval.  Health and Wellness Release Time webpage.

Recreation Center

The Recreation Center offers employees reduced rates on the use of gym facilities and fitness classes. Recreation Center webpage.

Health Discounts

Boise State offers a number of discounts on health and wellness products and services. Discounts webpage.

University Health Services

The University Health Services provides employees with on-site and telehealth appointments for medical, counseling, dietetic and overall wellness. Health Services webpage.

End of Coverage

At the end of employment, health coverage continues through the end of the month if the last day of employment is before the fifteenth (15) of the month or through the end of the following month if the end of employment is on or after the fifteenth (15) of the month. End of Employment Compensation and Benefits webpage.


The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) provides continued medical and dental coverage for limited periods of time, after eligibility for group health care coverage ends. COBRA section of the End of Employment Compensation and Benefits webpage.

Lactation Rooms

Lactation rooms provide parents with clean, comfortable and private spaces to nurse or express milk. Lactation Room Breaks webpage.

Family Caregiver Network

The Family Caregiver Network provides free, remote resources and support to caregivers throughout the State of Idaho. Family Caregiver Network section of the Other Benefits webpage.

Financial Security Benefits


Mandatory retirement plans are provided to benefit-eligible employees through the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI) or the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). Required Plans webpage.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Flexible Spending Accounts offer employees a convenient way to save money for eligible medical and daycare expenses. Flexible Spending Accounts webpage.

Health Savings Accounts

Health Savings Accounts offer a convenient way for employees who are enrolled in a High Deductible Health Plan to contribute pre-tax dollars to an account to pay for health care expenses. Health Savings Accounts webpage.

Home and Auto Insurance

Special insurance rates are available for Boise State employees through Farmers GroupSelect, Liberty Mutual Auto and Home, and Travelers Auto and Home. Home and Auto Insurance section of the Voluntary Benefits webpage.

Life Insurance

Boise State provides basic life insurance at no-cost to the employee and employees may opt to purchase voluntary term life insurance. Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) webpage.

Worker’s Compensation

Worker’s Compensation protects employees against losses due to injuries or death during employment. Worker’s Compensation webpage.

Parking and Transportation Discounts

Boise State provides employees with discounts on car and bike parking, carpool, vanpool, transit connections, and free bus passes. Parking and Transportation Discounts section of the Other Benefits webpage.

ARAG Group Legal Plan

The ARAG Group Legal Plan provides professional legal help to protect employees and their families. ARAG Group Legal Plan section of the Voluntary Benefits webpage.

The Idaho College Savings Program (IDeal)

The IDeal program offers State of Idaho employees an affordable way to save for college and other educational-related fees. Idaho College Savings Program (IDeal) section of the Voluntary Benefits webpage.

Training, Development, and Tuition Benefits

Tuition and Fee Waiver

The Tuition and Fee waiver allows benefit-eligible employees, their spouses and dependent children through age 25 to attend classes at reduced fees. Tuition and Fee Waiver Benefit webpage.

Development Release Time

Boise State offers benefit-eligible employees four hours per month to participate in development and training activities during normal business hours, with supervisor approval. Employee Development Release Time webpage.

Workplace Learning and Development

The Workforce Learning and Development team provides campus employees with a variety of no-cost or reduced-rate professional and personal development opportunities. Workplace Learning and Development.

Work-Life Balance Benefits

Annual and Sick Leave

Boise State provides annual leave to employees based on their employee classification. Benefit-eligible employees earn .04615 hours of sick leave per hours worked. Sick and Annual Leave Accrual webpage.


Boise State provides benefit-eligible employees 12 paid holidays each year. Payroll and Holiday calendars webpage.

Flexible Work

Boise State provides some employees with increased work flexibility through hybrid, remote or telecommuting options. Boise State Telecommuting webpage.

Children's Center

Boise State povides quality, on-site child care for the children of full and part-time Boise State staff, faculty and students, as space is available. Children’s Center webpage.

Parental Leave

Provides eight weeks of paid parental leave for qualifying employees. Paid parental leave webpage

Faculty Workload Release

Provides continuation of pay and benefits for faculty during times of adoption or the birth of a child. Faculty workload release plan policy