Human Resources

Employee Benefits

This section provides an overview of the many benefits available to Amherst College employees. Complete and detailed information about insurance and retirement plans, as well as other benefit programs described in this handbook, are available in the Office of Human Resources. All employees are encouraged to seek advice or assistance whenever questions arise. When information on file in the Office of Human Resources varies from that contained in this handbook, the former will govern in all cases. The College reserves the right to add, change or eliminate any of these benefits, with or without notice.


Most College employees' regular schedules are at least 35 hours per week.

Full-time employees work a minimum of 32 hours per week and are eligible for full employer contributions for health and dental insurance. Other benefits such as Grant-In-Aid and Educational Assistance are prorated based on the scheduled hours worked compared to a full-time schedule in that position, for example 35 or 40 hours.  Compensation-related benefits are based on the eligible compensation received as defined by the respective benefit plan.  Academic year employees work a minimum of nine months and accrue paid leave on a prorated basis.

Employees who work a regular part-time schedule of at least 20 hours but less than 32 hours in a workweek are entitled to most benefits on a prorated basis.

Employees working less than 20 hours a week or less than 39 weeks a year, or who hold casual positions, are not eligible for benefits.