Benefits complement pay and provide assistance to our employees through any stage of their life. Benefits we offer include affordable medical, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending plans, generous paid time off for staff, disability, employee assistance program, life insurance and superb retirement savings plans options.

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Voluntary Retirement Plan Changes – Webinars and On-Site Meetings 

The University of Alabama System is making changes to the voluntary retirement plans. On 8/21/19, a transition guide detailing the upcoming changes to the 403(b) and 457(b) plans was mailed to participants. You received one transition guide if you participate only with TIAA or VALIC, while participants with balances at both vendors received two guides.

In addition to the guide(s), TIAA financial consultants will conduct webinars and on-site meetings to explain the plan changes, answer questions and to offer tips on accessing and managing accounts. Should you wish to attend one of the sessions, please click the registration link next to the session you wish to attend. There will be two types of presentations offered – a general session about the plan changes and a session for VALIC participants explaining the transition of their funds. Bring the transition guide(s) with you to help follow along with the presentation.

Live Webinars
September 9th Online – register here 11:00 a.m. General
September 9th Online – register here 2:00 p.m. General
September 11th Online – register here 3:00 p.m. General
On-Site Sessions – Register Here
September 17th 3104 Ferguson Center Meeting Room 9:00 a.m. General
September 17th 3104 Ferguson Center Meeting Room 1:00 p.m. VALIC
September 24th 1008 Employee Resource Center 9:00 a.m. VALIC
September 24th 1008 Employee Resource Center 11:00 a.m. VALIC
September 24th 1008 Employee Resource Center 1:00 p.m. General

If you prefer, you can listen to a recorded version of each webinar until 10/4/19. Click on the links below to register and listen.

If you have any questions about the changes to the voluntary retirement plans, please contact TIAA at 800-842-2252.

Group Life Insurance Coverage 

UA’s group life insurance coverage through The Standard provides an additional package of services to help employees and their beneficiaries make important decisions now and for the future. Download a brochure for the Life Services Toolkit which contains a list of comprehensive online services that may be helpful when you need assistance.  This benefit is available to the following employees:

  1. Regular full time employees covered by the sponsored life plan (including enrollment in the voluntary life plan)
  2. Regular part time employees covered by the voluntary life plan

Retirement Preparation Seminars

Is the sun rising on your RETIREMENT?  If you are a Tier 1 employee (an employee hired before January 1, 2013) within 5 years of retirement eligibility, The Retirement Systems of Alabama offers seminars to help you plan your retirement with confidence.  Be sure to schedule a TRS Retirement Preparation Seminar in 2019.  Registration is required and seminars fill up fast.  The schedule and registration form can be found online at the TRS website.

Important IRS Requirements 

Employees will be receiving emails from the HR Service Center notifying them that the University is missing Social Security Numbers for dependent(s) with health care coverage through the University. The request is legitimate and is resulting from IRS regulations related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

If you receive such an email, click on the UA-BENEFITFOCUS “Log In Here” button above to log in to our secure website and enter the Social Security Number(s) of all dependents who are on our health plans.  Please also take this time to verify and update birthdates and any other demographic information of your dependents.

View step-by-step instructions on how to update SSNs within UA-BenefitFocus.

If you have questions, please contact the HR Service Center at or call 348-7732.


Plant the Seeds for a More Secure Future. Enroll in the RSA-1 Deferred Compensation Plan now! RSA-1 allows Alabama public employees to make easy and flexible tax-deferred contributions toward their retirement. By contributing, you can lower your taxes now and save for a better retirement later.