Retirement Options

Plan Choices

  • ORP

Defined Contribution for those enrolled in ORP

  • Employee contributes 8%
  • Employer contributes 12%
  • Vested after 3 years

Defined Contribution for those enrolled in PERS/TRS

  • Managed by the Alaska Division of Retirement
  • Employee contributes 8%
  • Employer contributes 5% for those in PERS and 7% for TRS.
  • Fully vested after 5 years of Service
  • Additional employer contributions to fund HRA, Disability, and retiree medical

Voluntary retirement savings plans

UA also provides voluntary savings opportunities through tax-deferred 403(b) plans. Additionally, senior administrators are eligible to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (457b).

Education Programs

Tuition Waiver Program

Employee Benefit

Regular faculty and staff employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week may receive a tuition waiver for up to eight credit hours per semester, a maximum of 16 credit hours per academic year at any University of Alaska campus.

Spouse and Dependent Children Benefit

Provides a spouse or the children (up to the age of 24) of UA employees with the opportunity of tuition assistance for undergraduate and graduate education at UA.

Sabbatical Leave Programs

UA also provides faculty opportunities to gain professional renewal through planned travel, study, research or other experiences of professional value.

Alaska 529

UA provides employees a way to save for future college expenses in a tax-advantaged way.  Please visit the Alaska 529 webpage to learn more and set up an account.

Health Insurance

Plan Choices

  • PPO
  • CDHP with Health Saving Account

Click here for plan comparison


  • Employee
  • Spouse
  • Child(ren)
  • Financially Interdependent Partner

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Financially Interdependent Partners

Health and voluntary insurance plans are provided for same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners.

Voluntary Benefits

  • Supplemental Life up to $600,000
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Account

Life Insurance

$50,000 coverage paid by the university.*

*Benefit-eligible regular and term employees

Long Term Disabiltiy

Time Off

Annual Leave

Employees earn –

  • 5.54 hours per pay period during the first 5 years*
  • 6.46 hours per pay period during years 6 through 10*
  • 7.38 hours per pay period after 10 years*

*Annual leave for full-time employees (non-faculty)

Annual Leave Cash-In

The Annual Leave Cash-In program allows eligible employees to cash in up to 40 hours of their annual leave during each fiscal year.

Sick Leave

4.62 hours per pay period*

*All faculty, regular full-time, and extended temporary employees who work 40 or more hours per week. Accrual is prorated for part time.


The university observes 12 holidays each year.

Personal Holiday

Each member of the nonexempt and exempt administrative staff may also select a personal holiday, which must be approved by the immediate supervisor.

Leave Share Program

Allows employees to voluntarily transfer hours from their unused sick leave balance to the sick leave balance of an employee with a qualifying medical condition.

Jury Duty

In order that university employees may fulfill their civic responsibility as jurors or subpoenaed witnesses, regular employees are granted leave of absence with pay for these purposes.

Work/Life Balance

University of Alaska Anchorage

The University of Alaska Anchorage finds its home in downtown Anchorage. A city nestled between mountains and an inlet. Anchorage is surrounded by national parks and filled with Alaska wildlife. Explore the central hub of Alaska, in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city.

University of Alaska Fairbanks

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is located atop a hill in Fairbanks with a view of North America’s highest peak, Mt. Denali, a towering 20,340 feet. Fairbanks’ interior location is perfect for any Alaska wilderness-seeker. Just a few minutes from town one can find numerous outdoor-experiences, hiking, mountain biking, dog mushing, whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, snowmobiling, skiing, camping, fishing, hunting, and backpacking all in the wilderness that surrounds Fairbanks. So bring your binoculars, and set your sights on the wildlife that fills the area around Fairbanks.

University of Alaska Southeast

The University of Alaska Southeast’s main campus is in Juneau, a town that sits in the heart of majestic mountains, rivers, glaciers, and forests. Explore Juneau’s historic downtown district, which is only a short walk to the waterfront. So, climb to new heights by visiting world renowned glaciers in southeast Alaska.

Advance your Career

As an employee at UA you have the opportunity to further your career through the diverse selection of courses offered at any of the UA campuses.

UA provides Leadership development for those in supervisory roles to maximize their leadership qualities and abilities to foster a working environment that is both encouraging and respectful.

Contact UA Human Resources

Phone: 907-450-8200
Fax: 907-450-8201



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