Officers - Benefits Eligibility


Log in to CUBES to see the benefits and options you are eligible for, as well as their monthly cost and the benefits effective date. Eligibility begins upon your date of hire. Are you unsure if you are an Officer? Learn about Employment Groups.

Who Is Eligible?

*If you are a Postdoctoral Fellow, learn more about your benefits eligibility.

The following are not eligible for coverage under most* Columbia University benefits:

  • Temporary part-time Officers
  • Variable Hours Officers
  • Part-time academic Officers, including Student Officers
  • Part-time administrative Officers regularly scheduled less than 20 hours per week

* If you have W-2 earnings, you are eligible for the Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan.

For most Columbia benefits, including Medical, Vision and Dental benefits, your dependents—your spouse or same-sex domestic partner and your eligible children—can be covered if you verify that they meet the following requirements:

  • Legal spouse
  • Same-sex domestic partner
  • Legally dependent children, including adopted children

See Dependent Eligibility to learn more.

Active Officers and their spouses age 65 and over who are enrolled in a Columbia provided medical plan do not need to enroll in Medicare because they still have creditable coverage through the University.

At least two months in advance of your retirement from the University, you should enroll in Medicare to avoid any gaps in coverage.


Both Spouses Work at Columbia

If you and your spouse both work for the University and are eligible for coverage, you must choose your coverage in one of the following ways:

  • One spouse makes the choice for the entire family, including eligible dependent children, if any. In this case, the other spouse must select “No Coverage.”
  • Each spouse can make his or her own choice. In this case, all eligible dependent children must be covered.