Benefits and Perquisites

Harvard offers an unbeatable package of benefits to help staff and faculty meet individual and family needs whenever they arise. In addition to a wide range of options for core insurance benefits, employees may take advantage of flexible savings accounts and several retirement plan options, along with many other benefits and services — from tuition assistance to entertainment and retail discounts — that can enhance quality of life while protecting your wallet.

Harvard’s benefits package includes:

  • Health and Welfare Benefits that encompass a wide range of health, vision, dental and prescription drug coverage options for employees and their dependents, spouses and registered domestic partners, as well as programs to help you save money on out of pocket expenses such items as prescriptions and copayment or coinsurance
  • Disability and Life Insurance to help you take care of yourself and provide for your family in the case of loss of income.  Some coverage is provided automatically and at no cost to you while others are optional and costs are based on the coverage you choose.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) that enable you to set aside money from your paycheck to reimburse yourself for certain expenses. Harvard offers both a health care FSA and a dependent care FSA.  The dollars you choose to set aside in FSAs are taken out of your pay before taxes, so choosing this benefit may help reduce your income tax.
  • Health and Wellness Benefits that include a collection of wellness resources; access to University’s Center for Wellness and athletics facilities for health education, exercise facilities and wellness classes; emotional health support; and financial assistance for health club memberships and a variety of financial education programs listed under financial wellness.
  • Tuition & Education Assistance is aimed at fostering an environment of learning and development, by providing both academic and financial resources to make it easier for you to follow your dreams.
  • Retirement Benefits that include a University-funded retirement program, voluntary employee-funded tax-deferred account that includes a Roth investment option, a deferred compensation program for high earners, and for eligible retirees, continuing medical and dental coverage.
  • Outings & Innings is a one stop convenient source of discounts on movies, museums, theaters, musical and dance venues, professional sports and amusement parks, and many other products and services.

For Faculty Benefits Questions, Contact:
Joseph Antony
Benefits Business Partner
HHR Benefits

Work/Life Balance

Harvard provides faculty, staff and postdocs comprehensive support for Work/Life needs. Details about the programs below can be found on  The Work/Life Program manager on Harvard’s Longwood Campus provides you with customized resources and support for personal and professional needs to make life’s transitions a bit more manageable. You may request resources for yourself or those you work with or manage.

Children and Parenthood

Raising a family while nurturing a career is complex, exhausting, expensive, and fulfilling. At Harvard University, there are many resources and programs to support your journey. Visit for more information on:

  • Tenure clock extension
  • Office of Research Strategy and Development
  • Parental and Family Medical Leave (FML)
  • Child Care Scholarship and Travel Funds
  • Adoption grants, support and assistance
  • Child Care resource and referral services through Harvard’s Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
  • Child Care Centers with priority access in Longwood, Cambridge, and Allston
  • Care@work back-up Care
  • Free membership to which provides unlimited access to a large network of caregivers, pet sitters, tutors and more
  • School’s Out Vacation Camp
  • On-line access to Exceptional Caregiving: resources for families of children with special health care needs
  • On-line access to WATCH Portal: Web Access To Care at Harvard
  • 13 Lactation Rooms on Harvard’s Longwood Campus
  • Educational Seminars
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account 

Elder and Adult Caregiving

Adult family members are living longer, sometimes with chronic illness, and need various support and services. Balancing a career with navigating through Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and elder care housing and services can be emotionally draining and time consuming. There are services and resources that can support you. Visit to learn about:

  • Elder care consultation and referrals and adult chronic illness caregiving through Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Back-up care for adults (including staff and faculty themselves) who need support
  • Educational seminars
  • Family Medical Leave (FML) consultation and guidelines for flexible work schedules
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Long Term Care Insurance for employees and their family

Wellness and Self-Care

When you work as hard as you do, taking care of yourself is most likely the last item on your to-do list. At Harvard, you have access to a wide range of programs that support your well-being at

  • Fitness Benefit: discounts or reimbursement for gym memberships
  • Yoga and meditation sessions on campus
  • Educational Seminars
  • Tobacco Free Campus
  • Medical Flexible Spending Account
  • Behavioral Health consultation, referral and counseling through Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Family Medical Leave (FML) consultation and guidelines for flexible work schedules

Other Work/Life Resources

As Harvard faculty or staff, you have access to many discounts and services to support life’s joys and challenges. The Work/Life office will direct you to resources, such as:

  • Outings & Innings: discounted tickets to sporting events, theaters, museums, movies and more
  • Access to financial and legal advisors through Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Housing Services: rentals, sales, purchases, and mortgages
  • Retirement Planning
  • Employee tuition assistance and professional skill development courses

For questions or more information:
Jennifer Weininger, Work/Life Program Manager