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Civil Service

Civil Service employees are governed by the Illinois State Universities Civil Service  System (SUCSS).


Health Insurance

All employees a monthly premium for their own coverage under any of the health plans offered. The premium amount is based on the employee's annual salary. The cost of dependent coverage varies by the selected health plan.

Dental Insurance

Employees pay a monthly premium for their own and dependent coverage under the Quality Care Dental Plan.

Vision Insurance

Employees and their dependents enrolled in any of the offered health plans are automatically provided with vision insurance at no cost.

Sample: Monthly premiums for a full time employee with an annual salary of $30,000



Employee + Spouse


Health Alliance HMO








Health Link OAP




Quality Health Care (Aetna)




Delta Dental




Life Insurance

Employees are automatically provided with Term Life insurance coverage at no cost. The coverage is equal to the employee's annual salary. An employee can be insured for additional coverage through Member Optional Life and can select up to eight times the Basic Life amount. An employee can also choose Accidental Death and Dismemberment, Spouse Life, and Child Life coverage.  

Click here for more information on life insurance coverage.

State Universities Retirement System (SURS)

Retirement Plan

Offered through the State Universities Retirement System (SURS), the employee's contribution to the retirement plan is 8% of gross earnings. This contribution is automatically deducted from the paycheck. Contributions made to this plan are not subject to federal or state income taxes until funds are withdrawn following retirement.

Disability Plan

Disability benefits for university employees are provided through the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) at no additional cost. Supplemental Long Term Disability benefits may also be selected.

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University Holidays

EIU recognizes eleven holidays. Employees will receive paid time off on these recognized holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
  • Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Two additional holidays are determined by the President of EIU.

Vacation (Accrued) Leave

Based on the length of service, employees will accrue twelve to twenty-five vacation days per year. Employees may accumulate an amount of leave equal to that earned in two service years at the employee's current earning rate. Upon reaching this accumulation, the employee will cease to earn vacation leave except for when the accumulation is reduced.

Sick Leave

Employees accrue sick leave without limit at the rate of .0462 hours for each hour that the employee is in pay status, this is exclusive to overtime. A full-time status employee will earn approximately twelves days of sick leave per year.

Employees can donate to a sick leave bank and request sick leave from the pool of donations.

Sick Leave Bank Usage Form

Employee Discounts

A variety of discounts are available to employees throughout the year. For additional information on specific discounts, click on the corresponding links or contact the Benefit Services Office.

Neal Tire and Auto

Discount cards are available at the Benefit Services Office while supplies last. The card entitles you to discounts of up to 10% off retire price of all tires, 10% off on mechanical parts and services, and 5% off on sale items. The card is good at all Neal Tire and Auto Service Stores.

Sam's Club Membership

Employees will receive a Sam's Club Gift Card when they sign up or renew a Sam Club's Membership during any on-campus membership drive.

Holiday World

Employees receive special pricing on Holiday World tickets. To receive the discount click here and enter username: Holiday730 and password: World730

Six Flags

This online benefit program offers not only substantial savings, but allows you to "print and go" so you can have your ticket in hand when you get to the park. This means no waiting in the line to purchase tickets. To receive this discount, click here and use the username: EIUSTL and password: SixFlags8

Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless offers a discount on many services for state and local government employees. The current discount is 18% on monthly voice calling plans of $34.99 or more. Some data features, like BlackBerry email/Internet, qualify for a 20% discount. Employees can get new Verizon Wireless service at www.verizonwireless.com or by visiting a Verizon Wireless retail store. If you go to a store, please request to be added to the discount Group ID "SOI#5." Proof of government employment will be requested (e.g. University-issued photo ID or check stub).

Employee Tuition Waivers

Full-time employees are eligible for a tuition waiver at EIU's campus as well as other Illinois state institutions of higher education. Once an employee has successfully completed his or her probationary period of six months after hire, they will be eligible to receive a waiver for a maximum of six credit hours per semester at any of the state institutions. Part-time employees may also be eligible for this benefit, but at a reduced number of credit hours.   

For children of current employees with at least seven years of service, a 50% tuition waiver will be available up to four years at an Illinois State institution of higher education.

More related waivers include: Graduation Fee Waiver, Graduate School Waiver, and Job Related Course Waiver

Employee Assistance Program


Everyone needs help from time to time dealing with life's challenges. Often, it's not the unexpected event that catches us off guard. It's more likely the predictable events and transitions in our lives — things like starting a new career, marriage, the birth of a child, the challenges teenagers present, or buying a house — that find us unprepared. When you have a physical problem, you talk to your doctor. But who do you talk to when you're looking for ways to better manage your life?

When you feel like you need help dealing with a situation that's troubling you, call the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP is a confidential assessment and referral service that will link you to EAP counselors, who will help you develop the life management skills needed to enjoy life more fully. The EAP is available to you and your eligible dependents.

EAP is confidential personalized care.

To access services call 1-866-659-3848 and visit https://www.magellanassist.com/default.aspx for self-help tools and resources for life's challenges and opportunities.

Lay Off Information

For Civil Service Layoff information please click here.

Helpful Links: Aetna HMO/OAP, Employee Assistance Program, Graduate Application Fee Waiver, Graduation Fee Waiver,  Health Plans, Health Alliance HMO, Health Link OAP, Job-related Request Form, Quality Dental Care, Life Insurance, State University Retirement System (SURS), Sick Leave Bank Usage Form, Civil Service Tuition Waiver, 50% Tuition Waiver