Students walking on Tusculum campus

Eligible Tusculum employees enjoy a benefit package that is supportive of the work-life balance that is part of our University culture.

Tusculum University is proud to provide a wide range of generous benefits designed to take care of you and your family, enrich your wellbeing, and help you in your career.


Health, Medical & Ancillary Benefits

  • We offer a choice of medical plans including a national network point-of-service plan (with no deductibles) and a national network Health Savings Account (with matching contributions toward your HSA). Each plan has multiple tiers with low group-rate premiums so you can choose what’s right for you or your eligible family members. Choosing either plan gives you access to free preventive care & free telemedicine.  Plans also carry prescription drug coverage to help you save money on needed medications.
  • Dental – offered at very affordable group rates where certain services have no copay or coinsurance when you visit any national in-network provider.
  • Vision – offering coverage within a true national network of stand-alone care centers, vision specialist, and online providers (such as Warby Parker).
  • Income Protection – provides peace of mind if you are unable to work due to serious illness, injury, or having a baby. TU provides free Long-Term Disability insurance with the option to elect Short-Term Disability coverage at low group rates.
  • Life Insurance – employees receive free life insurance with the option to purchase additional coverage for yourself, your spouse and your children.
  • Accident, Indemnity & Hospitalization Insurance – offered as voluntary elections at varying levels of protection at low group rates.

Tusculum’s Worklife & Wellness Benefits – full time eligible employees enjoy:

  • Paid Time Off (PTO) – with beginning earnings up to 24 paid days per year.
  • Generous paid holiday time up to 23 days per year.
  • Our on-campus wellness center equipped with state-of-the-art fitness equipment.
  • Partnered with Ballad Health, our on-campus clinic for more convenient access to medical care.
  • Medical plan participants have free access to Apple Fitness+ and Peloton – no equipment needed services to promote fitness and a healthier lifestyle.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providing free emotional and mental health services, legal assistance, and financial wellbeing support for a variety of situations.

Financial Benefits

  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan – helps you save for retirement via a pre-tax or Roth 403(b). You can even mix-and-match to include both strategies!  Best news is and for anyone voluntarily contributing, TU will help you save more for your future by matching up to 2% of income.  All funds are fully vested and you can start contributing in as little as 30-days of employment.
  • Retirement Advisory Services – provided complementary through our local Edward Jones plan advisor.
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) – offering free tax preparation support to qualifying East Tennessee taxpayers

Education & Lifestyle Benefits

  • Tuition Remission & Tuition Exchange Programs – provided to qualifying full-time employees after 1-year of continuous service and affording you and/or eligible spouse/dependents free tuition for an undergraduate degree and 50% off (employee and spouse) for a graduate degree at Tusculum University and if accepted, for qualifying dependents earning a bachelor’s degree at an eligible CIC or APCU.
  • Entertainment, Recreation & Athletic Events – enjoy the arts, music, recreation, sporting events, civic, and community events (with may venues and activities free or highly discounted).