Benefit & time off summary for full-time faculty

Health care options

Costs vary based on coverage (single, family, etc.)


  • USC Network Medical Plan PPO
  • Kaiser Permanente HMO
  • Anthem Blue Cross HMO


  • Delta Dental PPO
  • United Concordia DHMO

Additional coverage offered

  • Vision Service Plan
  • Cancer expense protection
  • Long term care


  • Basic (automatic enrollment)
  • Supplemental/long term


USC Retirement Savings Program

  • USC matches up to 5% of your total compensation, and also makes an additional 5% contribution whether or not you contribute
  • Eligibility and vesting rules apply

Supplemental retirement

  • No eligibility period to begin making contributions to supplemental plan


Tuition assistance

  • 100% free tuition at USC for you or your children (under age 35) who are formally admitted to a degree program—50% free tuition for spouse or registered domestic partner
  • Your children are eligible to compete for Tuition Exchange scholarships, providing degrees at 600+ schools at greatly reduced cost

Public service loan forgiveness

  • Because you are employed by USC, which is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization, you may qualify for special benefits related to any student loan debt you may be carrying

Other financial helps

Life and AD&D insurance

  • Basic coverage provided equal to your annual compensation up to $50,000
  • Basic plans include travel assistance, legacy planning services, beneficiary financial counseling

Supplemental life insurance

  • You can purchase additional term life insurance up to 5 times your total compensation up to $2.5 million

Legal services

  • Hyatt Legal prepaid attorney referrals and services

Flexible spending accounts

  • Medical and dependent care accounts available

Paid time off


  • Faculty on a 12-month contract accrue up to 20 paid vacation days annually, with a maximum of 35 days

Sick time


  • USC provides leave for jury duty and voting
  • 10-week parental leave available for primary caregiver of newborn or newly-adopted child (unpaid parental leave available for up to a year)
  • Librarians accrue up to 22 paid vacation days annually, with a maximum of 39 days