Benefit & time off summary for full-time staff

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 (benefit begins after 2 years of service)
  • Your children are eligible to compete for Tuition Exchange scholarships, providing degrees at 600+ schools at greatly reduced cost (benefit begins after 2 years of service)

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


  • During their first four years of service, employees accrue 12 vacation days a year with a maximum of 24 days. In the fifth through ninth year, they accrue 18 days a year, to a maximum of 36. And with ten or more years of service, employees accrue 24 days a year, to a maximum of 48


  • Staff accrue up to 12 paid sick days, at the rate of one day per month, which can also be used to care for sick (immediate) family members


  • USC recognizes 9 holidays per year

Winter Recess

  • Most departments at the university close between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays


  • USC provides leave for bereavement, jury duty and voting
  • 10-week pregnancy disability leave available (additional parental leave available for up to 12 weeks, half of which can be paid through Paid Family Leave)