Employee Perks

Employee Perks

Along with salary and benefits, the University of Illinois continuously seeks additional benefits to offer employees. These additional benefits are not required of the University and might be called “perks.” Goods, services or privileges granted to employees may be offered in addition to salary and standard benefits. On their own, these perks usually have no cash value, but in conjunction with salary and other benefits may have tax implications, (see policies on employee tuition waivers below). Please consult your campus Human Resources professional or the Office of Business and Financial Services with any questions.

Campus Services and Discounts

Employees receive reduced rates on certain campus events, programs and services and at many off-campus retailers. Perks may include movie passes, tickets to Ravinia, passes to Six Flags Great America theme park, and Dragon Dollars.


See also: OBFS Tuition and Waivers, Taxability.

travel & loging

Information on travel discounts may be found on the OBFS website. Discounts are available through preferred vendors for travel, transportation, and lodging. When making hotel reservations ask about “state employee discounts.” Many hotels will provide a discount. A University ID must be provided to receive discounts.


Please note: University policy dictates specific terms and procedures regarding hotels reservations and auto rental for employees in travel status.

Emergency Travel Assistance

All active U.S. employees covered under the basic group life insurance program through the State of Illinois Department of Central Management Services are covered. Coverage includes basic emergency travel assistance services, transport services, and pre-trip resources for eligible employees and their dependents. Enrollment is not required and there is no cost for the coverage. Additional coverage is available. See the Travel Assistance and ID Theft Protection brochure on the Systems Human Resources website for details.

Relocation Assistance

The contracts described have been awarded to moving companies to help employees and new hires move their belongings. See Employee Household Goods Moving on the OBFS website for more information.

See Adoption Benefit Program for details.

Call CMS with any questions at (217) 782-2548 or (800) 442-1300.  TDD/TTY (800) 526-0844

Effective on and after 6/1/2011 no new enrollments are allowed into this category. However, those with coverage prior to 6/1/2011 will be allowed to remain covered as Domestic Partners. See the Closed Benefits Plans section on the System Human Resources Benefits page for more information.

Civil Union Partner Coverage: Effective 6/1/2011, in accordance with Public Act 96-1513, the State of Illinois provides health, dental and life coverage for Civil Union Partners and their children. Civil Union Partners are defined as same-sex or opposite sex partners. See the Benefits Choice Options Booklet on the System Human Resources website or the Civil Union and Domestic Partner Coverage page on the Dependent Coverage page of the CMS website for additional information.

COBRA Benefits

See the COBRA Benefits page on the System Human Resources website for details.



Nutrition and Wellness

Employee Assistance Programs

See the Employee Assistance Programs on the System Human Resources website for information about counseling and clinical programs offered to UIC employees by the campus and state. The State Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available 24/7 at (866) 659-3848 or (800) 456-4006 (TDD/TTY).

Nutrition and Wellness Center

The UIC College of Medicine Nutrition and Wellness Center offers a range of services, including smoking cessation, weight management, and sleep disorder programs.

The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System Patient Care Services provides a broad range of programs, including weight management.

Women’s Health

The UIC National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health provides an online searchable database of women’s health resources in Chicago and the surrounding area.

Shared Benefits Program

A pool has been established which will provide eligible employees who have exhausted all accumulated sick leave and, if applicable, vacation leave with the opportunity to receive additional leave days when a disability claim is pending before the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) or when experiencing a catastrophic injury or illness, depending on the type of employee. See the Shared Benefits section on the System Human Resources website for more details.

Illini Union Tech Zone (UIUC)

University employees can make purchases through Illini Union Tech Zone to receive discounted pricing on desktop and laptop computers, iPods, and more. Apple, Hewlett Packard, Lenovo, Microsoft, and Dell products are available.

UIC Tech Center

Students and staff are eligible to receive discounts on computers, software and other accessories at the UIC Tech Center.

University of Illinois WebStore

Students, faculty, and staff on all three U of I campuses are eligible to receive significant discounts on over 150 software applications offered by the University of Illinois WebStore

Details on the variety of Additional Discounts & Other Services available can be found on the System Human Resources website.

Please Note: Courtesy discounts are subject to change or discontinuation by the provider at any time. The University may remove discount offers without notice.

Discounts include:

  • Vehicle Discounts from Ford and General Motors.
  • Cellular phone discounts ranging from 15-18% from AT&T Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless.

Alumni Benefits

The University of Illinois Alumni Association (UIAA) is an independent, nonprofit organization that welcomes all graduates, former and current students, faculty, staff and friends of the University as members. Information on membership and alumni benefits may be found at www.uiaa.org/chicago/.

Information on pension and pension benefits may be accessed at the SURS website.

In addition to SURS benefits, UIC retiree benefits include but are not limited to educational, computing technology, ID cards, library access, events and activities access, financial services and more. Please see the Retiree’s Guide at right.