Benefits Summary

Furman University strives to provide you with benefit options that meet the needs of yourself and your family. This overview is for full-time employees with details available in the Office of Human Resources.

Financial Benefits

Retirement Plan

Employees who are eligible for the retirement plan will be eligible to receive contributions from the University on the first day of the month after two (2) continuous years of service at the University and after attaining age 21. If an employee has prior service at another eligible employer or has tenure at Furman University, these time frames may differ.

Contributions by the University are applied to individual annuities or accounts by TIAA. The University’s contributions to this retirement plan will be made every pay period during the years of participation, except for times in which no salary is paid, in accordance with the following schedule:

  • 5% of salary after 2 years of employment
  • 10% of salary after 7 years of employment

In addition to the percentage paid by the university, the employee may make tax-deferred contributions to the retirement program on a voluntary basis beginning the first of the month after 60 days of his/her employment. To change retirement contribution, go to the MyFurman portal A-Z Index for the TIAA (403(b) Retirement Plan) website link.

Tuition Scholarships

The university makes tuition benefits available after two years of service to full-time employees and their eligible dependents in three major categories. Only one of the three options is available at a time. See the Tuition Benefit Policy for details. If you have any questions regarding the Tuition Benefit programs offered, please contact Susan Cooper.

1. The university makes available Furman tuition scholarships to full-time faculty or staff and their dependents that meet the admissions requirements for the undergraduate or graduate programs at Furman and are enrolled to complete a degree.

2. The university participates in the tuition exchange program for dependent children of full-time faculty and staff with other private colleges of the Associated Colleges of the South and with colleges in the Tuition Exchange, Inc. Dependents are eligible to apply for a Tuition Exchange award but are not guaranteed a scholarship.

3. The university provides a cash tuition scholarship to dependent children of full-time faculty or staff who are full-time students pursuing a degree at an accredited undergraduate two-year or four-year college or university.

In addition, the university provides a Job-Related Tuition Reimbursement Benefit to all full-time staff who attend accredited colleges or universities and take job-related courses. The university will reimburse the employee up to $250 per semester and up to a maximum of $500 per year for courses that have been pre-approved by the department manager and a Human Resources representative. A grade of “C” or better must be obtained to receive reimbursement.

Workers Compensation

Compensation insurance will pay the employee’s medical bills and will pay 100% of the salary as long as the employee’s disability continues. The entire premium is paid by the University.

Payroll Direct Deposit

New employees will have their pay deposited directly to their bank accounts. The form is available on the MyFurman Portal for employees who wish to make changes to their direct deposit.

Bank ATMs On Campus

Automatic tellers for Bank of America and Wells Fargo are located in the lower level of the Trone Student Center across from the Post Office.

Insurance Benefits

To review your benefits and make changes, go to the Workday system, via the MyFurman portal. Benefits can be reviewed by clicking the Benefits Worklet on your homepage of Workday. To view more detailed information, go to the Insurance Benefits page to access the Benefits Guide.

Medical Insurance Options

You have the option of choosing between three different plans provided through Cigna Health Care. A summary of the medical coverage plans are available on the Benefits Guide located on the Insurance Benefits page. In addition, you have access to Telehealth Connection as a benefit of being enrolled in one of the medical plans. Furman and the employee share the cost of these plans.

Dental Insurance Options

There are two dental insurance options provided through MetLife. Both options cover preventative care as well as basic and major dental treatment. One option also includes orthodontia for dependent children. Dental insurance is funded by the employee.

Vision Care Insurance

Employees may enroll in a VSP Vision Care plan.  You will get great savings on your eye exam and eyewear, and discounts on laser vision correction.  Vision insurance is funded by the employee.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Furman employees have the option of participating in a Flexible Spending Account for Medical and/or Dependent Care Expense Reimbursement. Payroll deductions for the FSA plans are subtracted from your gross income before taxes are calculated; therefore, reducing the tax amount on your paycheck. Enrollment in these plans takes place once a year (during November open enrollment) so employees can define their payroll deductions for the next calendar year.

Health Savings Account (only available with HDHP Medical Plan)

Furman employees enrolled in the HDHP medical plan have the option to contribute to their Health Savings Account to help pay for medical, dental, and vision costs with pre-tax earnings. Payroll deductions for the HSA plan are subtracted from your gross income before taxes are calculated; therefore, reducing the tax amount on your paycheck. Enrollment in these plans takes place once a year (during November) so employees can define their payroll deductions for the next calendar year.

As a part of enrolling in the HDHP medical coverage, Furman automatically contributes money (amount based on the coverage tier) to an employee’s HSA.

Basic Term Life/AD&D Insurance

Term life insurance equal to one and one-half times annual earnings rounded to the nearest $1,000 is provided for all benefit-eligible employees (maximum $400,000; minimum $5,000) through Unum. This term life includes Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance coverage. AD&D insurance provides coverage in the event of an accident resulting in dismemberment or death. Dependent life insurance of $10,000 is available for the spouse of an employee and up to $10,000 for each dependent child, depending on the child’s age. Furman pays the premiums for the employee life policy. Furman and the employee share the cost of any dependent life coverage.

Additional Term Life Insurance

Optional term life insurance is available through Unum. The premium is based on the amount of coverage selected and the age of the insured. Term Life Insurance is funded by the employee

Disability - Long Term

The long-term disability benefit program is required for all benefit eligible employees. The monthly income benefit, including any income benefits payable from Social Security for the employee or dependents, Worker’s Compensation, and any disability benefits payable under any insurance or retirement plan sponsored by the University, is equal to 60 percent of the covered monthly salary as of the date the disability began (maximum $12,000 monthly). Monthly benefit payments begin after 90 calendar days of continuous total disability. Premiums are paid by the employee.

Disability - Short Term

Short-term disability insurance is available to full-time staff. The plan will help provide financial security in the event of disability caused by injury, sickness, or pregnancy. The plan will provide coverage after seven consecutive days of approved absences with a doctor’s certification and will provide weekly payments for up to 13 weeks of disability. The plan provides a weekly income benefit equal to 60% of your base salary, up to a maximum weekly benefit of $1,000. Premiums are paid by the employee.

Cancer Insurance Option

Cancer insurance, which covers medical costs associated with cancer treatment and pays directly to the employee, is available as an option. This insurance pays in addition to the group medical insurance coverage and is funded by the employee.

Paid Time Off

  • January 1, 2020 – New Year’s Day
  • January 20, 2020 – Martin Luther King Day
  • April 10, 2020 – Spring Holiday
  • May 25, 2020 – Memorial Day
  • July 3, 2020 – Independence Day
  • November 25, 2020 – Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 26, 2020 – Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 27, 2020 – Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 23, 2020 – Christmas Break
  • December 24, 2020 – Christmas Break
  • December 25, 2020 – Christmas Break
  • December 28, 2020 – Shutdown Day
  • December 29, 2020 – Shutdown Day
  • December 30, 2020 – Shutdown Day
  • December 31, 2020 – New Year’s Eve
  • January 1, 2021 – New Year’s Day
  • January 18, 2021 – Martin Luther King Day
  • May 31, 2021 – Memorial Day
  • Floating Holiday  – to be taken in fiscal year 2021 in lieu of Labor Day holiday
  • Floating Holiday – to be taken in fiscal year 2021 in lieu of Friday before Easter
Sick Time

Full-time employees will be paid for time lost through specified illness-related absences during the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) and will accrue at the rate of (1) day for each month of service, up to ten (10) working days per fiscal year. The Policies and Procedures manual defines the rules for taking sick leave.


Furman University provides paid vacation for full-time employees as follows:

Years of Service Vacation Days Maximum Accrual
0 – 5 10 27.0 days
5 – 10 12 32.4
10 – 15 15 40.5
15 – 20 17 45.9
20 + 20 54.0

Some departments may require their employees to take vacation at a specific time. Vacations for these employees will be scheduled when students are not on campus or as designated by the Department Head. Rules for taking vacation are covered in the Policies and Procedures manual.

On-Campus Services

University Bookstore

Located in the University Center, the Bookstore offers a 10% discount to employees on gifts, insignia merchandise (clothing, etc.) and trade books.  A 30% discount is offered on purchases of gifts and insignia merchandise during the month of the employee’s birthday.  Furman ID must be shown to receive these discounts.

Career Services

The Career Services Office will assist staff members who are interested in promotion or transfer by assisting with writing resumes and discussing job search strategies. Career Services professionals are trained to administer the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for staff members who would like to take these vocational assessment inventories. For a small fee, the Myers-Briggs can be administered to departments for staff development. For more information, call Career Services at 294-2106.

Chaplain's Office

The Chaplain’s Office offers pastoral care and counseling to Furman employees and their family members. The Chaplains assist with individual and family concerns, hospital visitations and perform services for funerals and weddings. The Chaplain’s Office also counsels and consults with ministers and social service agencies in the larger community and can assist with referrals. For more information, call 294-2138.

Charles E. Daniel Dining Hall

The Dining Hall, which serves cafeteria style meals three times daily, has a faculty/staff dining room which is available to employees and their families. You may also dine in the main dining hall for a reasonable price and join the students in the “food court” selections.

Counseling Office

The Counseling Office works primarily with students. However, the counselors will be available to consult with employees and then refer them to an outside resource or agency. Call 294-3031 for more information.

Employee On-Site Clinic

At Furman University, we believe you are our greatest asset, and that is why one of our main goals is maintaining an environment where you are provided the tools and support needed to make healthy lifestyle choices. To help you in this important effort, we have partnered with Greenville Health System (GHS) to operate our Employee On-Site Clinic located next door to the Human Resources Department at 5013 Old Buncombe Rd (next door to the neighborhood Walmart).

Monday: 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm Free for Plus and Basic plan members and covered spouses/domestic partners
Tuesday: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm Free for non-covered members and non-covered spouses/domestic partners
Thursday: 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm $45 fee for HDHP members and covered spouses/domestic partners


To schedule an appointment, please call 864.455.2455.

Furman Sporting Events

All Furman employees and their immediate family may attend by showing their ID card for on-campus sporting events on game days (be sure to stop by Human Resources prior to game day for a sticker on the ID card).  Discounted season tickets are also available to full-time employees for football and basketball games.

Furman Golf Course

Furman University has an 18 hole golf course which is available to employees at nominal charges.

Furman Lake

The Furman lake is available to employees and their families for picnicking.

James B. Duke Library

Employees of Furman and their families may use the Furman Library for checking out books, studying, or leisurely reading. For more information, call the library at 864.294.2190

Pala-Den Food Court

The Pala-Den Food Court, includes various food options including Chick-Fil-A, and Moe’s Southwest Grill as well as sandwiches, soft drinks, snack foods, etc. As the first cyber-cafe on Furman’s campus, the Tower Cafe features all of your Starbucks favorites as well as baked pastries and desserts. The Paddock is Furman’s first on-campus full-service restaurant.

Physical Activity Center

The Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center (PAC) is available for employees and their families. Identification cards for family members may be obtained from the PAC office. The PAC has an Olympic-size swimming pool, exercise equipment, two gymnasiums, a dance studio, human performance labs, weight rooms, racquetball courts and many other physical fitness facilities. The Fitness Center Assistants are available to assist you with the PAC’s equipment in the design of a personalized exercise program. To schedule an appointment for a consultation, call 864.294.3581.

The Sportsmedicine Center

The Sportsmedicine Center is an outpatient rehab facility owned and operated by the University.  The Center is available to employees and their families, as well as the public. The Sportmedicine Center utilizes professionals in the fields of sports medicine and physical therapy to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care.  Fees can be filed with your insurance carrier.  The Center is recognized as a provider with the employee health plan.  To schedule an appointment call 864.294.2130.

Theatre and Musical Productions

Furman employees receive discounts for theater productions and musical concerts presented periodically throughout the year. During the summer months, the Lakeside Concert Band performs by the lake one night a week at no cost.

Wellness Program

Furman University sponsors programs throughout the year to promote a healthy lifestyle among its employees. Programs include physical fitness, nutrition, health screenings, flu shots, etc. and are either free or available at a nominal cost to employees. Wellness programs are announced through newsletters distributed on campus and on the university calendar.

Off-Campus Services

Campus Conduct Hotline

The Campus Conduct Hotline helps eliminate and defend against unsafe and unethical activities, giving faculty, staff, and students a simple, anonymous way to alert administrators of unsafe or unethical behavior.

To use the Campus Conduct Hotline, please click here or call 866.943.5787.

Employee Assistance Program

As a benefit for faculty and staff, Furman offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The program includes counseling services, referrals and resources for work-life needs, as well as legal and financial information. Our  provider Unum, has outsourced this benefit to Health Advocate for 2020. Complimentary counseling services have been increased to six sessions per individual.  The services are free, confidential, and available for employees and their families. For additional information call 866.799.2485 or download the PDF.

Employee Discounts

See the list of employee discounts.

Upcountry History Museum

Furman employees may purchase admission to the Upcountry History Museum exhibits and events at a rate reduction of 50%. (This reduction does not apply to UHM ticketed events that cost $20.00 or more.) May purchase an annual individual or family membership at a rate reduction of 50%.  Must present Furman ID to the associate at the front desk of the museum.