Regular full-time employees and regular part-time employees scheduled to work twenty (20) hours or more a week and retirees are eligible for the same Tuition Waiver benefits. As a qualified employee you are eligible to receive 75% of your tuition waived. In addition, your spouse or domestic partner and dependents may receive a 50% tuition waiver. The University does not have a limit on the amount of credits required in order to receive Tuition Waiver benefits.
Tuition waiver is available for Saginaw Valley State University graduate courses, however in some cases it may be considered a taxable benefit. Graduate spouse and dependent tuition waiver is always considered a taxable benefit to the employee. The taxable value is computed each semester and is included in compensation over a number of pay periods during the semester. For graduate tuition waiver for the employee it is considered a taxable benefit once the cumulative waiver exceeds $5,250 during the calendar year. This typically happens in the Fall semester. For questions, please contact the Controller's Office.
Submit the form to Human Resources prior to the beginning of the semester in which you wish to enroll.
You will see the tuition deduction in the beginning of the Tuition Waiver process.
After you receive your tuition bill, take it to the Financial Aid Office to have it discounted.
Adjusting Work Hours to Accomodate Classes:
Your supervisor does not need to give you permission to use the Tuition Waiver program unless work schedules need to be adjusted to allow employees to take classes during normal working hours. According to the Support Staff Contract 2012-2015 (478kB), Support Staff need written permission from the appropriate Vice President. This permission includes an agreement to make up hours or utilize paid or unpaid leave time. Administrative Professional employees must also have approval from his/her superior to take classes during working hours.
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) allow you to pay for certain out-of-pocket health care and dependent daycare expenses with pre-tax dollars. Your contributions are subtracted from your paycheck before federal, state, and FICA taxes are calculated on your pay, so you save monthly on taxes.
Contributions for FSAs do not reduce your pay for purposes of determining your life insurance, long-term disability or retirement benefits provided by the University.
There are two types of FSAs. You may participate in either or both:
Health Care FSA - covers health care expenses for you and your eligible dependents
Dependent Care FSA - covers eligible dependent daycare expenses so you can work or attend school full-time.
SVSU recognizes that everyone experiences some personal problems at various times in life. These personal issues may make it tough for you to focus on work and may leave you with little energy to handle other aspects of your life. Unresolved problems can interfere with relationships with others, job performance and personal happiness. This is where our LifeWorks Employee Assistance Program can help; giving you the confidential, qualified assistance you need during challenging times.
LifeWorks Employee Assistance Program offers you:
Phone and online access to experienced professional consultants - real people you can talk with when you need and answer to a question.
Face-to-face sessions with consultants on specific issues.
An award-winning web site with online articles, workshops, doctors, and much more.
Free booklets, audio recordings, and other materials to help you get the answers you need in the format you want.
Referrals to resources, services, and support in your community.
Employees may access additional service information by logging into my.SVSU.edu Human Resources Forms & Documents. The Employee Assistance Program can be found under the category "Additional Employee Benefit Documents".
Non-employees will be required to obtain membership cards to access the facility. The process to acquire these membership cards must be initiated by an SVSU faculty or staff member on-line at https://recreation.svsu.edu/.
SVSU participates in the Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIMC) a nonprofit initiative launched by the American College of Sports and Medicine and the American Medical Association, and recently endorsed by the Surgeon General. We recognize that exercise and physical activity are important to health and treatment of diseases and we encourage our campus to establish lifelong exercise and physical activity habits that can significantly improve quality of life.
Our Health U Wellness Program is dedicated to helping make positive and lasting changes in healthy living. We do so by offering rewards for individual exercise minutes as well as participation in programs and workshops focused on our three primary components of healthy living: education, prevention, and exercise.
Saginaw Valley State University's Healthy U program is recognized as a Gold Level Recipient of the American Heath Association's Fit-Friendly Worksites Recognition Program.
The All-University Awards Banquet is a tradition held each April for employees. Awards are given to celebrate years of service, outstanding achievement in teaching, mentoring, community involvement, and employee performance.
Saginaw Valley State University offers a faculty and staff personal computer purchase program which assists eligible employees in purchasing computer systems for personal use and ownership. The program covers a basic computer systems (e.g., computer CPU, monitor, printer, keyboard, scanner and applicable software). The program includes vendor educational discounts and University-assisted financing.
The Cardinal Athletic Club is a vital segment of the SVSU community. Memberships support the athletic department in providing scholarship aid and operational funding to more than 400 SVSU student-athletes participating in 17 varsity sports. Each donation assists us in our mission of building champions in the classroom, in competition, and in life. Membership support comes with a variety of associated benefits, such as reserved seating at football games, game-day hospitality, reserved parking and club merchandise.
The Michigan Education Savings Program is newly developed and allows employees to save money for educational expenses. Account earning will grow on both a federal and state tax-deferred basis until the beneficiary is ready to go to college. The funds may be used at almost any eligible institution in the nation.