Employee Benefits Package

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We offer a competitive benefits package. This primer provides basic information on compensation, health and retirement benefits, and more.

If you still have questions after reviewing this information, please contact the Office of Human Resources. We are here to assist you. You'll find our contact information below.


Employees are paid biweekly. To determine the biweekly gross salary, multiply the annual salary by 14 and divide that number by 365. (Dividing the annual salary by 26 will not give you the correct biweekly gross salary.)

Employees must have their checks directly deposited into a regular checking account at any bank. UMUC employees are also eligible to join the State Employees Credit Union (SECU). Voluntary deductions may include purchase of U.S. savings bonds, contributions to United Charities, deposits to SECU, payment of health insurance premiums, and/or participation in a tax-deferred savings plan.

Health Benefits

UMUC offers three different types of health care plans: preferred provider organization (PPO), exclusive provider organization (EPO) and integrated health model (IHM). There are several provider options for each type of plan. In addition to health plans, UMUC also offers dental and prescription plans. If you plan to participate in any of the available benefits you must enroll within 60 days of employment or wait until the open enrollment period for the following year.

UMUC employees may also select insurance for accidental death and dismemberment, long-term disability, and/or long-term care, as well as life insurance.

Retirement Benefits

To help state employees prepare for retirement, Maryland mandates that members of certain employment groups must also become members of a retirement system. As an exempt employee, you have the option of joining either the Maryland State Pension and Retirement System (MSPRS) or an Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). With the ORP, UMUC contributes 7.25 percent of your annual salary into a 403(b) plan.

Non-exempt regular employees are required to join MSRP. The MSRP requires you to contribute a percentage of your salary into the plan. Although UMUC's contribution to the MSRP varies annually, your benefit at the time of your retirement is based solely on your years of service, age at retirement, and average final salary.

In addition, UMUC offers several supplemental retirement plans (SRAs) to which you may contribute and defer taxes until the money is withdrawn. The plans are administered by TIAA-CREF, Fidelity, and the MSRP.

Leave Benefits

Exempt employees earn 22 days of annual leave at a biweekly rate of 6.77 hours. Non-exempt employees earn 10 days of annual leave at a bi-weekly rate of 3.08 hours. Non-exempt employees annual leave accrual rates increase at 5, 11 and 21 years of eligible service. Days may be taken to the extent earned with the advance approval of your supervisor. Employees may carry over 50 unused annual leave days (not to exceed 400 hours) to the next calendar year.

Exempt and non-exempt employees also earn 15 sick days in a calendar year at a biweekly rate of 4.62 hours. Unused sick leave may be accumulated and carried over to the next calendar year. There is no limit to the number of sick leave days that may be accrued. Both annual leave and sick leave are taken in whole days for exempt employees.

Employees also receive three personal days each calendar year (unused personal leave is forfeited at the end of the calendar year) and 14 state holidays (15 in a general election year). The holidays include New Year's Day, Martin Luther King's Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

For part-time employees (at least 50 percent–time), leave and holiday benefits are prorated.

Work Hours

Exempt employees are expected to work the hours necessary to accomplish their tasks. Some offices allow flexibility in work schedules. The normal "duty day" is eight hours.

Tuition Remission

Employees may take up to 8 credits per semester at any University System of Maryland (USM) institution free of tuition charges.  Your eligibility is dependent on meeting admission criteria and any enrollment caps at the selected institution.  Your spouse and dependent children are eligible for tuition remission after you have been employed by UMUC for two years.  Spouse and Dependent children may receive tuition remission for 100 percent of their course load per semester at UMUC or 50 percent tuition remission for courses taken at another USM institution.  For part-time employees (at least 50 percent-time), tuition remission is prorated. 

Contact Information

Please contact a staff member in the Office of Human Resources if you have any questions regarding our benefits package.






Office of Human Resources
University of Maryland University College
3501 University Boulevard East
Adelphi, MD 20783-8017

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