Carnegie Mellon University

Eligibility and Enrollment

Benefits for employees hired into a benefits-eligible position become effective:

  • For those hired on the first day of the month, the benefit-effective date is their date of hire.
  • For those hired on the second day of the month or later, the benefit-effective date is the first of the month following their date of hire.

Eligibility Requirements

Full-time, benefits-eligible — Scheduled Hours: At least 37.5 hours per week (40 hours per week for Campus Police Association) or 100% of a full-time schedule

Part-time, benefits-eligible — Scheduled Hours: At least 17.5 hours per week or 46.7% of a full-time schedule

Not benefits-eligible — Scheduled Hours: Less than 17.5 hours per week or 46.7% of a full-time schedule

Benefit Program Full-Time Part-Time Not Benefits-Eligible Dependent Coverage*
Medical Yes Yes No Yes
Prescription Yes Yes No Yes
Vision Yes No No Yes
Dental Yes No No Yes
Spending Accounts Yes No No Yes*
Life and AD&D Yes Yes* No N/A
Dependent Life Yes No No Yes
Short- and Long-Term Disability Yes No No N/A
Tuition Benefits Yes* Yes* No N/A
Tuition Benefits for Dependent Children Yes* No No Yes*
University Retirement Contributions Yes Yes* No N/A
Supplemental Retirement Accounts Yes Yes Yes N/A
Cyert Center Sliding Scale Benefit Yes No No N/A
Paid Time Off Yes No No N/A
FMLA Leave Yes Yes* Yes* N/A
Leaves of Absence Yes Varies* No N/A
Worker's Compensation Yes Yes Yes N/A
PAT Transit Usage Yes Yes No No
Auto Discounts Yes Yes Yes N/A
Enhanced Banking Yes Yes Yes N/A
Real Estate Services Yes Yes Yes N/A
Employee Assistance Program Yes Yes Yes Yes

*Specific eligibility requirements (such as minimum hours worked, service requirement, etc.) or different benefit levels may exist. See this benefit's webpage for more information.

The IRS allows you to make benefits elections and changes only during certain times of the year:

  • Within 30 days of your hire date as a new employee
  • During the annual open enrollment period
  • Certain changes are permitted within 30 days of a qualifying life or family status event.
  • Supporting documentation is required when adding dependents to your coverage. It must be submitted within 30 days of their enrollment date, or they will be removed from your coverage.
  1. Review your benefit options.
    Review the Benefits Guide and use the information on this site to determine your benefits eligibility. Decide which options work best for you and your family.
  2. Gather your information.
    If adding new dependents to your benefits coverage, you will be required to provide their Social Security Numbers and upload a copy of dependent verification documentation to Workday within 30 days. If enrolling in the Dental DHMO plan, you will need to enter your Primary Care Dentist code. A link to search for these codes is provided in Workday during enrollment.
  3. Enroll through Workday.
    Workday is our web-based Human Resources, Payroll, Benefits, and Time Tracking system. Visit the CMUWorks Service Center website to log in to Workday using your Andrew ID and password. If you need assistance using the system, review the guides found at My Workday Toolkit or contact the CMUWorks Service Center directly at 412-268-4600 or
  4. Print.
    Review your final elections carefully before submitting, and remember to print and/or save a copy for your records.
  5. Follow up with required documentation.
    If dependent verification documentation, and/or life status change supporting documentation is required, please upload those to Workday within 30 days, if you have not yet done so during enrollment. Life insurance coverage may require Evidence of Insurability (EOI). If you receive an EOI form in the mail, please return it to MetLife within the time frame indicated.

Available for enrollment only during New Hire, Open Enrollment, or Life/Family Status Changes:

Available Year-Round or Automatically: