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Benefits Information for New Staff

Last Modified: 2016-08-17


The benefits presentation at New Staff Orientation (NSO) provides an overview of benefits available at Vanderbilt. Tuition benefits are covered in brief. The Office of Benefits Administration does not include information on time off accruals/allotments. The hiring manager should explain time off programs to new staff as soon as possible. (If needed, refer to the HR Policies web page for more information.)

Benefits Enrollment

Health, dental and vision benefits for staff begin on the hire date. Eligible employees are automatically enrolled in Aetna Plus at the individual tier level upon the hire date.  New hires will need to complete their new hire enrollment within 30 days of their hire date to change their health plan option. Monthly premiums are not pro-rated (the entire monthly cost is due for the month which benefits begin). To enroll, use the My VU Benefits Enrollment Tool within 30 days of your hire date:

  1. Go to My VU Benefits and log in with your VUnetID and ePassword
  2. Click on the green Enroll button
  3. Make your selections
  4. Email or print your confirmation statement and keep it for your records

Benefits Outline: New Staff Orientation


  • Health Plan (automatic enrollment in Aetna Plus at individual level)
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Short-Term Disability (eligible staff)
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D)
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Payroll-Deducted Discount Programs: Auto, Home and Pet Insurance, Go for the Gold
  • Tuition Assistance Benefits

To learn more about New Staff Orientation, or to enroll a new hire, visit New Staff Orientation.