Lafayette College offers various benefit programs as part of a full-time employee total compensation package.

2020 Benefits Brochure


Our compensation package includes medical, dental, life insurance, retirement, flexible spending accounts, paid and unpaid time off, disability insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, and travel accident insurance.

According to the IRS definition, a dependent is a qualifying child (daughter, son, stepchild, sibling or stepsibling, or any descendant of these) who:

  • Has the same principal place of abode as the covered employee for more than one-half of the taxable year.
  • Has not provided more than one-half of his or her own support during the taxable year.

All full-time employees (minimum of .75 FTE) are eligible for coverage under the College’s benefits programs beginning on the first day of the month following, or concurrent with, the first day of employment. Enrollment in these plans is NOT automatic. Participation cannot begin without completion of the required enrollment forms. Once enrolled, the Open Enrollment period is the only time during which you can change your benefit plan elections or add/delete dependents without having to demonstrate a Life Status/Event Change. There is no restriction on making changes during the Open Enrollment period.  Open Enrollment changes are effective Jan. 1.

If there is any conflict or inconsistency between the material on this website, the booklets, certificates, and other descriptive material, and the contracts and agreements constituting the official written plan document, or with respect to any provision not discussed in the descriptive materials, the legal documents constituting the official written plan document shall control. The College’s Board of Trustees reserves the right to amend or modify the benefits program at any time and for any reason, with respect to both current and former employees (including retirees) and their dependents. Such changes may include, but are not limited to, the right to:

  1. change or eliminate benefits (including benefits for retirees),
  2. increase or decrease participant contributions,
  3. increase or decrease deductibles and/or copayments, and
  4. change the class(es) of participants and/or dependents covered by the program.

The College also reserves the right to terminate the benefits program, or any portion of the benefits program, at any time and for any reason by or pursuant to a written instrument executed by the College. No amendment, termination, or partial termination of the program will affect claims incurred for which items or services have been provided prior to the date of amendment, termination, or partial termination.