Officers - Term Life Insurance

Officers Life Insurance Plans

The University offers a Basic Term Life Insurance Plan, Optional Term Life Insurance Plan, and Dependent Life Insurance Plan. These plans are insured and administered by New York Life Group Benefit Solutions (NYL GBS).

Note: Cigna has changed its name to New York Life Group Benefit Solutions, which does not impact your current coverage or access.

You can buy additional life insurance, and can supplement your coverage with Voluntary Benefits.

Term Life Insurance

The Basic Term Life Insurance plan is provided by Columbia University at no cost to you. You will automatically receive Basic Term Life Insurance of one times your Annual Benefits Salary, up to $50,000.

The Basic Term Life Insurance plan pays a lump sum benefit to your beneficiary in the event of your death while actively employed by Columbia University.

The Plan can also pay a living benefit. If you become terminally ill, you may elect to have the Plan pay out a benefit while you are still living. Any amount you receive will reduce the benefit paid to your beneficiary.

You may elect additional amounts of coverage of one to six times your Annual Benefits Salary up to a maximum of $1,750,000, including your Basic Term Life Insurance coverage amount. The premium payment for additional coverage is paid with post-tax dollars.

The benefit will be determined using your Annual Benefits Salary rounded to the next highest $1,000. You will see your personal monthly premiums on CUBES based on your age.

Login to CUBES to add or update beneficiaries at any time during your employment.

An Officer, age 41, with an Annual Benefits Salary of $60,000, elects Optional Term Life Insurance of 3x Annual Benefits Salary ($180,000).

You must provide Evidence of Insurability (EOI) and be approved by New York Life Group Benefit Solutions (NYL GBS) if:

  • You are newly hired and elect Optional Term Life Insurance coverage in excess of 3x your Annual Benefits Salary or $1,000,000 Guaranteed Issue Amount, whichever is less;
  • You wish to increase the level of your coverage by more than 1x your salary or beyond the Guaranteed Issue Amount during Benefits Open Enrollment.

If you need to provide EOI, the process steps and required forms are available online via CUBES.

Dependent Life Insurance

Dependent Life Insurance provides a benefit to you in the case of the death of any of your dependents. Children are eligible for this coverage: 1) from live birth to less than 19 years of age if they are primarily supported by you, 2) age 19 or older through the end of the month in which they turn age 26 if they are primarily supported by you or 3) age 19 or older, primarily supported by you, and incapable of self-sustaining employment due to disability. You pay the full cost of this benefit.

Spouse/Same-Sex Domestic Partner Life Insurance – $10,000, $30,000, $50,000 or $100,000 of coverage.

Note: You cannot elect Dependent Life Insurance greater than your own total life insurance value.

  • Your spouse/same-sex domestic partner must provide Evidence of Insurability if you elect spouse/same-sex domestic partner coverage of $100,000.
  • Child Life Insurance – $10,000 for each dependent child; you pay one premium rate, regardless of the number of children in your family.
Important Information


New Hire Opportunity: As a new hire, take advantage of the one-time opportunity to enroll in Optional Term Life Insurance without providing Evidence of Insurability for amounts up to the Guaranteed Issue Amount of 3x salary or $1,000,000.

Imputed Income: If you purchase Employee Optional Term Life Insurance and the combined value of your Basic Term life Insurance plus your Employee Optional Term Life Insurance exceeds $50,000, the premium based on IRS table rates minus the premium you pay for the employee coverage in excess of $50,000 is considered imputed income and subject to tax due to IRS regulations. Spouse Optional Term Life Insurance imputed Income is calculated in a similar way, but without a $50,000 exclusion.