Campus & Community

Harvard Benefits

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Harvard offers a generous package of benefits and perks – including liberal time off, tuition assistance, a wide range of health plans and special perks like discount theater and movie tickets.

Generous Paid Time Off

• 1-4 weeks of vacation to start

• Sick leave

• 11 1/2 paid holidays

• 3 personal days per year

Health and Welfare Benefits

• Choice of 9 medical and 2 dental plans

• Short-term disability paid for by Harvard

• Optional long-term disability, dental and long-term care coverage

• Automatic life insurance

• Co-pay reimbursement program

• Flexible spending account for medical expenses not covered by insurance


• Fully paid Staff Retirement Plan with wide range of investment choices; Harvard contributes monthly amounts equal to between 6.5% and 10% of salary depending upon age

• Health coverage for eligible retirees

• Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity and Investment Program

Work/Life Benefits and Services

• Up to 13 weeks of leave for new parents by birth or adoption, with up to 12 weeks available to foster parents * Birth mothers receive up to 12 weeks of paid leave while adoptive mothers and fathers can receive 4 weeks of paid parental leave

• Paternity and family leave time

• Flexible spending account for dependent care

• Flexible schedules

• On-site, Harvard affiliated daycare centers * Backup care

• Financial assistance for day care and * adoption.

• Information and referral to day care and other services for children, the elderly, and adoptive parents.

• Faculty and Staff Assistance Program — counseling and referral

• School Vacation Programs

• Noontime education and support programs

Tuition Assistance Plan

• Harvard undergraduate and graduate courses available to eligible staff members for substantially reduced fees.

• Reimbursements to staff members of up to $2,000 per year for job-related courses taken at schools other than Harvard

Special Discounts and Services

• Outings & Innings, Harvard’s discount program for leisure and recreational activities

• Insurance and mortgage discounts, housing listings, public transportation discounts, and discounts on technology products such as cell phones.

Access to Harvard’s Resources

• Access to Harvard’s libraries, athletic facilities, recreational programs, world-renowned art and other museums

Wellness and Fitness Programs

• University Health Services offers a comprehensive on-campus program of courses, workshops, and individualized training, in everything from aerobics, ballroom dancing, karate, swimming and yoga to stress management, meditation and nutrition

Center for Training and Development

• Harvard’s in-house training program offers workshops in career-building skills, information technology, management skills etc.

Employee Credit Union

* May be different or unavailable for some staff members