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UC benefits guide

Our people make UC great, and UC works hard to be a good employer by offering work-life balance, job stability, professional growth, lifelong careers, and mobility among attractive California locations. We also offer a long list of excellent benefits — protecting your health, financial future and more.

To make the most of your valuable UC benefits, review this list of what’s available and how and when to enroll.

Note: When you join UC, you usually have a 31-day period of initial eligibility (known as your PIE) to enroll in health and welfare benefits and 90 days to enroll in primary retirement benefits. You can also enroll in many (but not all) benefits during open enrollment each fall and after certain life events, such as when you welcome a new family member.


UC offers a choice of medical plans and pays most of the cost of premiums. Your premium costs depend on the plan you choose, your annual salary and who you cover (see below). Enroll during your PIE or open enrollment.

Dental and vision

UC pays 100% of the premium for dental and vision coverage for you and your eligible family members.


Enroll in your choice of retirement benefits — a pension or a standalone 401(k)-style account — as soon as possible. After 90 days, you’ll be enrolled permanently in Pension Choice.

Retirement savings programs and educational and counseling resources help you plan for a secure and rewarding retirement.

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