Benefits At A Glance

Bowling Green State University provides a comprehensive benefit program as part of a total compensation package for all full-time faculty and staff. Below you will find a summary of those benefits.

Health & Prescription Drug Insurance

BGSU offers two medical plans administered through Medical Mutual of Ohio. Both plans include prescription drug coverage administered by CVS Caremark. All plans offer in-network and out-of-network coverage.

  • Plan A: Traditional PPO (Preferred Provider Organization)
  • Plan B: Consumer-Driven Health Plan (With a Health Savings Account)  

Health Accounts

BGSU offers three types of Health Accounts that will allow employees to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for out-of-pockets expenses for themselves and their eligible dependents. 

  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) - Medical 
  • Flexible Spending (FSA) – Dependent Day Care 

Dental & Vision Coverage

Dental coverage is offered through Delta Dental of Ohio. The plan provides full coverage for diagnostic and preventive care, and additional coverage for other dental services. 

Vision coverage is offered through VSP. The plan offers in-network and out-of-network coverage for eye exams, frames and lenses. 

Life & Disability

BGSU offers basic life insurance through Minnesota Life/Securian Life. The basic coverage is equal to one and one-half times your rate of pay, with a minimum of $50,000 and not to exceed $125,000. BGSU offers optional life insurance as well, and dependent life insurance. For the optional life insurance, employees may enroll up to five times their annualized earnings, not to exceed $300,000. 

Long-term disability benefits are offered through UNUM, and eligibility begins after one consecutive year of service. The plan offers a benefit of 60% of your monthly salary, not to exceed a monthly maximum based on your employee type. 


BGSU offers several options for meeting your retirement goals. Retirement program eligibility is based on your employment type. 

  • OPERS – Ohio Public Employees Retirement System 
  • STRS – State Teachers Retirement System
  • ARP – Alternative Retirement Plan 

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program is offered through My Life Expert and offers confidential support to employees and their eligible family members, along with ancillary programs and information on identity theft, elder care, legal services and more. 

Supplemental Retirement Plans

BGSU offers supplemental savings options that allow an employee to set aside additional money through pre-tax contributions to help reach their retirement goals. 

Financial Wellness & Advice

BGSU offers programs that focus on financial wellness. These plans can assist employees with selecting a retirement plan, budget toward financial goals and much more.

Tuition Fee Waivers

BGSU offers tuition fee waivers for eligible employees, spouses and dependent children. 

Voluntary Benefits

BGSU currently offers voluntary benefit plans for Accident, Critical Illness and Hospital Indemnity through Aflac. 

Vacation and Sick Leave

Classified Staff
Vacation accrual per calendar year = earned according to years of service with the state.
Sick Leave accrual per calendar year = 4 hours and 36 minutes for every 80 hours paid. 

Administrative Staff
Vacation accruals per calendar year = 22 days.
Sick Leave accrual per calendar year = 15 days. 

Sick leave accruals are unlimited, roll over annually, and have no bank maximum. See pages 28-32 of the Classified Staff Employee Handbook and pages 31-33 of the Administrative Staff Employee Handbook.


The University observes the following holidays: New Year’s Day; Martin Luther King Day; Presidents Day**; Memorial Day; Juneteenth; Independence Day; Labor Day; Columbus Day**; Veteran’s Day; Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. 

(**Please note the Presidents Day & Columbus Day holidays are reassigned to another day to coincide better with the academic calendar. Presidents Day is reassigned to the day after Thanksgiving and Columbus Day is reassigned to Christmas Eve.) 

Parental Leave

BGSU offers up to twenty-five (25) consecutive business days of paid parental leave to be used immediately following a Qualifying Event (birth of a child or the adoption or foster care placement of a child who is less than six (6) years of age.) This benefit is available for full time, benefit eligible employees of BGSU who have at least 12 months of continuous service with BGSU before the birth, adoption or foster care placement for which the leave is requested. 

Updated: 09/27/2023 02:22PM