New Hires


We’re happy you are here! The University of Arkansas System is committed to offering competitive, affordable benefits programs that give you choice, protection and security for you and your family.

You’ll need to make your benefit selections within 31 days of your date of hire into a benefits-eligible position. If you miss this deadline, your next opportunity to enroll or make changes will be the annual open enrollment period, unless you have a qualifying life event.


Choosing the Right Coverage

The university offers benefits designed to support you and your family. As a new hire, choosing the right benefits should be a top priority. Before you make your selections, take the time to learn what is available and to carefully consider which health plans and voluntary coverages will be best for you and your family.

Your Benefits

What You Need to Do

  • Watch for enrollment information from your campus Human Resources office, including deadlines for you to enroll in benefits.
  • Enroll yourself and your eligible dependents. You have 31 calendar days from the first day you become eligible for benefits — known as your benefits eligibility date — to complete your enrollment.
  • Dependent eligibility verification. If you plan to cover a dependent, you’ll need to provide documentation that proves their eligibility for coverage.
  • Enroll in the 403(b). Enroll through Workday. When enrolling for the first time, you must complete an online application with TIAA or Fidelity.
  • Consider your other benefit options. You have a variety of disability, life insurance, and voluntary benefits available to you to enhance your core health care coverage elections.

Enrolling for Coverage

When you are ready to enroll, log in to Workday. Once you log in, access the Change Benefits for Life Event task in your inbox. If you do not see this task, please contact your campus Human Resources office.

  1. Click the Let's Get Started button.
  2. This page displays the benefits available for enrollment. If you would like to see more information and/or enroll in the plan, select the Enroll hyperlink. Follow the instructions on the screen for each type of benefit plan.
  3. After enrolling in the desired plans, click the Review and Sign button at the bottom of the screen.
  4. If you enrolled with dependent coverage, attach the required documentation. Dependents will not be approved until the correct documentation is received.
  5. Review your selections and check the box next to I Agree to electronically sign your elections.
  6. Click Submit. Your request is not finalized until your Human Resources representative has reviewed and approved your documentation. If you have any questions, contact your campus Human Resources office.

If You Don’t Enroll

If you don’t enroll within 31 days of your start date, you will automatically be enrolled in the following “default” benefits:

Benefit Coverage
Medical No coverage
Prescription Drugs No coverage
Dental No coverage
Vision No coverage
Retirement Plan 5% of your regular salary (pre-tax) to a TIAA target date fund
Life Insurance Equal to your annual salary, up to $50,000
Long-Term Disability Insurance1 60% of your pre-disability salary, up to $20,000
AD&D No coverage
Critical Illness Insurance No coverage
Hospital Indemnity Insurance No coverage
Accident Insurance No coverage
Flexible Spending Accounts No contribution
Voluntary Benefit No coverage

1 Depending on your campus, you may default into Basic Short-Term Disability benefits.

When Coverage Begins

Once you enroll, your elections go into effect on the first day of the month following the month in which you enroll, but within 31 days of your date of hire or qualifying event.


Visit the Resources page to contact your campus Human Resources office with any questions. You’ll also find a list of benefits vendor contacts.