Carnegie Mellon University

New Employee Benefits Enrollment

As a new, benefits-eligible faculty or staff member, one of your first tasks is to enroll in your benefit options. This page includes an overview of the processes required to enroll in the university's benefit programs.

To Enroll in Benefits:

  1. Review the Benefits Guide for Domestic Faculty and Staff on the Your Benefits page.
  2. Log in to Workday, Carnegie Mellon's employee self-service portal, to enroll in benefits. (Visit My Workday Toolkit for information about how to use Workday.)
  3. If you are enrolling a spouse/domestic partner or dependent children in your coverage, documentation that proves your relationship must be submitted within 30 days of their enrollment date or they will be removed from your coverage. See Benefits for Dependents for more information.
  4. Review Retirement Benefits and enroll or change your options through Workday.

Default Benefits Plans

If you do not enroll in or opt-out of benefits within the initial 30-day enrollment period, your benefits coverage will be defaulted to the default plan for your employee type, and the cost of the plan will be deducted from your paycheck.

  • Medical: UPMC PPO Option 2 (employee only)
  • Prescription: Caremark Option B (employee only)
  • Dental: None
  • Vision: None
  • Life Insurance: Basic (1x salary)
  • Dependent Life Insurance: None
  • Long-Term Disability: Basic
  • Spending Accounts: No contributions
  • Retirement (no cost to you): 
    • U.S. Citizens or U.S. Resident Aliens: Carnegie Mellon University Faculty Staff Retirement Plan through TIAA with an age-appropriate Target Date Retirement Fund
    • Non-Resident Aliens: Carnegie Mellon University 401(k) Plan through Vanguard with an age-appropriate Target Date Retirement Fund (target year is the year the participant will reach 65)
  • Employee Supplemental Retirement Account: No contributions
  • Medical: none
  • Prescription: none
  • Life Insurance: Basic (1x salary)
  • AD&D Life Insurance: None
  • Retirement (no cost to you if/when eligible): 
    • U.S. Citizens or U.S. Resident Aliens: Carnegie Mellon University Faculty Staff Retirement Plan through TIAA with an age-appropriate Target Date Retirement Fund
    • Non-Resident Aliens: Carnegie Mellon University 401(k) Plan through Vanguard with an age-appropriate Target Date Retirement Fund (target year is the year the participant will reach 65)
  • Employee Supplemental Retirement Account: No contributions