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Employee Benefits

Minot State University is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package designed to meet the needs of our employees and their families. 

The University offers fully paid family health insurance, dental, vision, life insurance, disability, long term care, employee wellness, retirement/pension, financial planning, tuition waivers, development programs and much more.

Employee Benefits Summary 2017 [pdf]

Insurance is provided by the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System (NDPERS) and administered by Sanford Health. Medical premiums are 100% paid by MSU for both individual and family. Coverage begins on the first of the month following employment. Options for coverage include the PPO/Basic Health Plan or the High-Deductible Health Plan with a health savings account.

Delta Dental is our dental insurer. Review the list of participating dentists within the Delta Dental network and the coverage options under the PPO and Premier plans. The Premier plan offers comprehensive coverage, including orthodontics.

Our carrier is Superior Vision. Locate a provider or review our vision plan highlights.

Life Insurance
MSU employees are provided with a basic life insurance plan and have the option to purchase supplemental life insurance at group discounted rates. 

Long Term Disability
Employees receive long-term disability insurance as part of their benefits package. There are two options for long-term disability insurance based on the retirement plan the employee participates in. Long term care options are also available.

There are two different retirement plans used by MSU; one for faculty and professional staff and one for all other staff.

The plan for faculty and professional staff is a defined contribution plan (401a) through TIAA (Teacher’s Insurance and Annuity Association). The plan for all other staff is a defined benefit plan through NDPERS. Supplemental retirement accounts are available for all employees.

TIAA Contribution Rates
by Years of Service
Less than two years 3.5% 7.5% 11%
Years 3 through 10 4.5% 12.5% 17%
More than ten years 5.0% 13.0% 18%
(Non-broadbanded executives and administrators, professors, and associate professors start at the rate for years 3 through 10. Years of service may include years with MSU, years with TIAA at a different institution, and previous years with the NDPERS defined benefit plan or the Teacher’s Fund for Retirement (TFFR).)


Participants in this plan contribute 3% of their salary and MSU contributions are equal to 12.26% (includes health credit) of an employee’s salary. Participants are fully vested after three years. This plan provides a pension upon retirement. For detailed information about this plan, please refer to the NDPERS Retirement Plan Handbook.

NDPERS Retirement - Defined Benefit Plan  
Employee Contribution 3.00%
MSU Contribution 12.26%
Total 15.26%
Wellness Wheel 2

Employee Well-Being
MSU is fully committed to fostering a community culture around the well-being of our employees.  The mission of our Wellness Center is to empower individuals to reach their full potential and enrich their quality of life by embracing the eight dimensions of wellness including: emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental, and multicultural. Visit our online wellness portal.



Educational Opportunities
MSU employees are eligible for a 100% tuition discount at MSU and a 50% tuition discount at other NDUS institutions. Spouses and dependents of MSU employees are eligible for a 50% tuition discount at MSU. All benefited employees may be allowed release time from their regular duties for the purpose of enrolling in one academic class per semester (up to a maximum of five hours per work week).

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The University's Employee Assistance Program , administered by The Village Business Institute, provides confidential, voluntary, in-person short-term assessment and counseling sessions for employees and families experiencing life challenges of any kind.

Employee Self Service
MSU's Campus Connection is your self-service portal for information when and where you need it. Update your information, view pay statements, review benefit selections or schedule time off. 

PeopleSoft Self-Service Manual [pdf]
» For assistance accessing your self-service account, please contact the ConnectND Help Desk at 1-866-457-6387.

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