Employee Benefits

As a Mines employee, you are eligible to participate in a wide range of benefits. Many benefits are the same among all employment classifications, but some depend on the type of position you hold and percentage of full time. 

Summary of Benefits

ClassifiedPDF versionText only version AcademicPDF versionText only version AdministrativePDF versionText only version

 Academic, Administrative, Library, Athletics, and Research Faculty Benefits

Classified Employee Benefits 

Temporary Faculty, Graduate Students, and Residence Hall Assistants

 
BENEFITS INCLUSIVE OF ALL MINES EMPLOYEES:

Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) - All Non-Student Employment
PERA is Colorado's substitute for Social Security for its public employees.  All employees of Colorado School of Mines, regardless of employment classification, are PERA members. As a PERA member you may be eligible to participate in their 401(k), disability, and life insurance plans.  For more information on PERA visit www.copera.org.
 
Mines Dependent Tuition Reduction BenefitPDF versionText only version
Dependents of eligible employees may attend Colorado School of Mines at a reduced tuition rate.  The amount of the tuition reduction under this benefit is up to 50 percent of in-state tuition. In compliance with I.R.S. rules, the benefit applies to undergraduates only.
Dependent Tuition Reduction ApplicationPDF versionText only version
Dependent Tuition Reduction ProcessPDF versionText only version and FAQs
 
Leave Sharing Bank Program
 

Any employee of the Colorado School of Mines with at least one year of service is eligible to participate in the Leave Sharing Bank Program

Employees may donate annual leave to be used by a qualifying employee experiencing a catastrophic medical hardship, either personally or by an immediate family member, in order to provide some income protection when the employee would be absent from work for a prolonged period of time and has exhausted all annual and sick leave.  For more information please contact the Benefits Manager at extension 3052.


Leave Sharing Bank ApplicationPDF versionText only version

Voluntary Retirement Plans
Public employees may participate in optional voluntary retirement plans which supplement the mandatory PERA contributions. All employees are eligible to participate in the PERAPlus 457 Deferred Compensation Plan and PERAPlus 401(k) plan.  Additionally, employees at Mines may voluntarily participate in 403(b) tax-sheltered annuity plans. 
 
Current 403(b) vendors are: 

MetLife
contact:  Lorraine Vicino,  303-758-7800

AXA Equitable
contact:  Jonathan Hume, 303-995-2661
TIAA-CREF
contact:  1-800-842-2776

Valic Retirement Services
contact:  Marla Stevens:  800.892.5558 Ext 89486

 
In addition to contacting a vendor for enrollment, employees need to notify Payroll of enrollment or changes to retirement plans.  The Tax Sheltered Annuity Enrollment/Change Form can be submitted directly to Payroll for processing. 
 
Paid Holidays
The State of Colorado establishes 10 holidays for all government institutions. Rules provide for agencies to adopt an alternative holiday schedule. Mines observes an alternative holiday schedule, which generally provides employees time off between Christmas and New Year's, as well as other holidays throughout the year. 
 
Discounts and Services
Other discounts and services available to employees are:
 

Resources are available to those who may be under the stress of the economy:  Financial and Food AssistancePDF versionText only version

Mines HIPAA Privacy NoticePDF versionText only version
Mines HIPAA Policy and ProceduresPDF versionText only version


This benefits overview page is intended as a general description of the benefit plans and programs available to Colorado School of Mines employees. The amount and availability of benefits is governed by one or more of the following:  plan documents for each plan, state statute, state personnel rules, or Mines policies and procedures.  Any conflict between the content of this overview shall be governed by applicable plan documents, statutes, rules, policies and procedures.  Colorado School of Mines reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate these benefits at any time to the extent permitted by law. This information does not constitute an agreement of employment or guarantee any particular benefit.