Location, Location, Location!

Working at the University of Colorado will allow you to immerse yourself in the Colorado lifestyle and all it has to offer. Whether you like a vibrant city atmosphere or a breathtaking hike in solitude, there is space for you. Living here, you will quickly discover what makes Colorado a popular destination. The University of Colorado’s four campuses and its system office are located in some of the most active and exciting areas of Colorado.

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Comprehensive Benefits: Value Beyond your Paycheck

Benefits are an important part of your total compensation, so it’s important to know exactly what your package includes. One great feature of your CU benefits package is that the system contributes 85 percent to 90 percent of your medical premiums. This benefits package ranks highly among competitors.

Although packages vary depending on whether you’re faculty, retiree, student employee, university staff or classified staff, the general offerings typically include the following:

  • Insurance
    • Medical
    • Dental
    • Vision
    • Short-term and long-term disability
    • Life
  • Unemployment/Workers’ Compensation
  • Retirement
  • Family Medical Leave (also known as FMLA)
  • Vacation
  • Sick days
  • Our innovative Financial Wellness program

Find out more by reviewing our benefits.

By enrolling in one of our health plans, you will also receive access to health and wellness programs provided by Be Colorado

All these programs factor into your total compensation. Select your employee type to see how:

University Staff and 12-Month Faculty - 401(a) University Staff and 12-Month Faculty - PERA
9-Month Faculty - 401(a) 9 Month Faculty - PERA

Classified Staff

Paid Time Off: Make R&R More Relaxing

Taking time off is good for your mind, body and spirit. That’s why CU employees may receive up to 22 days of paid vacation each year, or 14.7 hours each month. Better yet, you don’t have to wait forever to accrue your vacation – it starts when you start.

In addition, if a CU-recognized holiday lands within the span of your paid time off, you won’t be charged vacation time for that day. As a way to encourage you to take advantage of every single vacation day you’ve earned, we don’t offer pay in exchange for time off.  You deserve a break. Enjoy it.

Retirement: It's Never Too Early (or Late) to Begin

Happy lives include secure retirements. CU helps you save for your retirement by offering core plans that eligible employees are required to choose from, as well as several voluntary savings options. All of these options are designed to bolster your retirement income so you can look forward to the future.

Core Plans: So Good, Almost Everyone is Enrolled in One

  • The University 401(a) Retirement Plan. The 401(a) is what’s known as a defined contribution plan. This is a hands-on plan that allows you to help manage your investments if you’d like. With this plan, you commit to investing 5% of your salary in the plan and CU automatically contributes an amount equal to 10% of your salary to your plan.  For example, if your pre-tax earnings are $25,000 per year, you would contribute $1,250 per year to your 401(a) account and CU will automatically contribute double that amount – $2,500 – to your account.
  • Public Employees' Retirement Association Retirement Plan (known as PERA). PERA is a defined benefit plan with hands-off investment management. You contribute 8% of your annual salary to this plan and CU contributes an amount equal to 18.35% of your annual salary. When you retire, you’ll get a regular monthly payment you can rely upon.

If you would like to save even more money for retirement, CU also offers several voluntary retirement programs. This benefit is open to all employees.

Learn more about CU retirement plans

Employee Tuition Benefit: Putting Our Money Where Our Minds Are

As a leader in education, we value strong, curious minds and continued growth – not just for our students, but for our dedicated workforce as well. That’s why we provide qualified employees and dependents with tuition assistance for up to 9 credit hours per aid year and offer dependents of CU-Boulder employees a 10% discount.  Do you dream of earning a degree? Do you crave more learning in your career field? Is there a subject you’d just love to know more about? Whatever your goals, we’re here to support you.

Be Colorado: The Help You Need to Get (and Stay) Healthy

We all love Colorado and believe it’s easier to enjoy our state – and life in general – when you’re fit and healthy. We offer some innovative programs to help you – and your family –reach your own fitness and health goals. Some of these programs even pay you to participate. How’s that for inspiration?

What are some of the available programs?

  • MOVE – Wouldn’t it be nice to make money and get fit? This program is designed to encourage physical activity. Move participants can earn $25 each month by completing 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity 12 days each month and tracking it through a smartphone app.
  • Brussels and Muscles: This innovative program believes kids should be playing – in parks, on teams and with (healthy) food. All CU Health Plan participants and their kids ages 5-11 will enjoy how the program’s GeoPalz device lets kids have fun while keeping track of how much they’re moving. Best of all, they’ll be earning great prizes along the way.
  • Weight Watchers at Work – Looking to lose weight? Employees can enroll in Weight Watchers at a discounted corporate rate plus a 50-percent subsidy. For convenience, meetings are held on most CU campuses.
  • SUCCEED Health Assessment – CU wants you to know your wellness level. By taking this health assessment, employees will learn more about themselves and be better prepared for the next steps to achieve wellness goals.
  • BREATHE with Quitline – Are you having a hard time quitting smoking? Employees and eligible dependents can find support to quit smoking with personalized coaching and nicotine replacement therapy.
  • Discounts at select fitness centers – Maybe you’re ready to hit the gym. CU offers discounted fitness center memberships to keep you active and healthy. Discounts are available at: 24 Hour Fitness, Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, Anytime Fitness, Boulder Recreation Center, Colorado Athletic Club, Curves, Gold’s Gym, Life Time Fitness, and the YMCA of Boulder Valley.


Learn more at Be Colorado >>

Financial Wellness: Go from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

Experts agree that whether you’re planning for retirement, a family or just planning to balance your bank account, the key to financial success is taking a proactive approach. Wouldn’t it be nice if financial guidance were available, right here on campus, at no additional cost to you? As a CU employee, it is.

All CU faculty, staff, and eligible retirees have access to our professional financial services—including personalized, one-on-one consultations—through the CU Financial Wellness program. Regardless of where you are in life or what financial challenges you’re facing, we can help you take control of your money and feel secure about your future.

Career Advancement & Learning: Knowledge Is Power ... but you already knew that

As a university, we strive to foster a culture of learning for all employees, not just the student body. There’s personal and professional momentum that comes with continued learning, and it’s in this spirit that we offer several ways to access training. With both on-site and online options, course scheduling is flexible and we’ll even grant time off so you can participate. Resources include:

  • Online Learning
  • Books24x7
  • Leadership Development
  • Performance Management
  • Employee Tuition Benefits
  • Training Courses
  • Required Compliance Training

Employee Assistance Program: How are you doing?

For more than 30 years, the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program has been improving the quality of life and work for state employees through organizational and individual assistance. Services include counseling services, organizational management and development and more. See what EAP can do for you. 

State of Colorado Benefits Hub: The One-Stop Spot for Super Savings

Every employee in our CU system has automatic access to the State of Colorado Benefits Hub.  Check it out and start taking advantage of amazing savings and special offers on everything from shopping, dining, sporting events, concerts and theme parks to movies, car rentals and cell phone plans, just to name a few.

Visit BenefitHub