In today's economy, benefits can play as big a role as salary. Mason employees are also employees of the Commonwealth of Virginia, which offers a highly competitive benefits package.

Full-time faculty members have access to several benefits, such as retirement plans, health and life insurance, and paid leave. Adjunct faculty members are also eligible for benefits, such as parking access, retirement counseling, and tuition waivers.

Insurance and Health Coverage

Virginia provides health insurance coverage to full-time employees, part-time faculty, and classified staff who work at least 30 hours a week, as well as their eligible dependents. Mason and the employee share premium costs, which are made as payroll deductions on a pre-tax basis.

For out-of-pocket costs, employees can enroll in a Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), which allows you to pay for eligible medical and/or dependent care expenses on a pre-tax basis.

Employees who work up 20 or more hours a week have access to life insurancelong-term care insurance, and disability insurance.

If you suffer a work-related injury or illness, you might be eligible for employer-paid benefits for medical expenses and lost wages through workers' compensation coverage.

Leave Options

Faculty have access to a variety of types of leave, including annual leave, sick leave, family & personal leave (VSDP participants only), Family & Medical Leave, short and long term disability, leave without pay, and more. 

Free Classes

Faculty are eligible for tuition waivers each year, allowing you to take free classes. The waiver covers tuition, lab, and course costs. You'll need to complete an online application to the university the first time you use this benefit. After admission, you'll submit a tuition exemption request to Human Resources.

Brad Edwards and Beth Cabrera

Brad Edwards and Beth Cabrera lead students, faculty, and staff in the annual Happy Heart Walk to promote well-being and healthy hearts.