Benefits & Eligibility

Benefits Eligibility

You are eligible for benefits if you are an active full-time faculty or staff member of Howard University (prorated benefits are available for certain union members who work at least 20 hours per week). Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits are available if you work 30 hours per week.

Who Can Be Covered

If you elect coverage, your dependents are also eligible for medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage. Eligible dependents include:

  • Your legal spouse
  • Your legal child(ren). Eligible child(ren) include:
    • Your natural, adopted or foster child(ren), stepchild(ren), your same-sex spouse’s child(ren) or any child for whom you have legal custody
    • Your children up to age 26
    • Your mentally or physically disabled children of any age if they rely on you for support and became disabled before age 19

Dependent Verification of Eligibility

Dependent documentation is required for newly added dependents when you first enroll or if you experience a qualified IRS life event during the plan year. You are required to provide documentation substantiating the eligibility of your dependent(s) within 30 days of the change or enrollment.

The following documents are acceptable:

  • Spouse – marriage certificate (current or previous year only)
  • Child under age 26 – birth certificate, adoption papers, or a court document awarding custody or requiring coverage
  • Dependent child over age 26 – birth certificate and a Social Security Disability Award or letter from a physician and the parent’s tax return claiming the child (current or previous year only)

All documentation must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources, Benefits Department within 30 days of the change or enrollment.