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Benefits of Working at EKU

At Eastern Kentucky University, employees are valued and appreciated. Our faculty and staff are the foundation behind EKU’s mission as a School of Opportunity and longstanding reputation as a caring and supportive campus community. A career at EKU not only provides opportunities to participate in meaningful work, but offers a variety of benefits and perks for employees and their families. 

Comprehensive Benefits Package

EKU offers a generous benefits package, including a variety of health and life insurance plans as well as contributions to individual employee retirement plans. Employees and their families also have access to dental, vision, supplemental life and other benefit options. Learn more about EKU’s benefits package. 

BluMine Health Clinic

Located off-site but close to campus, the BluMine Health Clinic provides preventative, acute and chronic care services with zero co-pays for employees on EKU’s health plan, and their spouses and children. Because the Clinic is exclusive to members, wait times are short! 

Time Off

EKU employees enjoy generous paid time off, including major holidays and vacation time accruing at 10 days per year and increasing with more years of service. “EKU Time,” granted at the discretion of the University President, sometimes offers an alternate summer work schedule, spring break, and other days off throughout the year. Also, employees accrue one day per month of sick leave, take one floating holiday per year, and are permitted paid time off for bereavement leave, voting on election days and military leave.

Tuition Waiver

EKU supports career development and the pursuit of higher education for employees and their families. Employees, and a spouse or dependent, are eligible for a tuition waiver of up to six credit hours per semester for academic courses taken at EKU. Additionally, an employee may transfer their tuition benefit, enabling their spouse or a dependent a tuition waiver of up to 12 credit hours per semester. Learn more about EKU’s tuition waiver. 

Wellness Program

Get rewarded for healthy habits! EKU’s wellness program offers fun activities, health challenges and wellness-related learning opportunities. Employees can earn up to $400 applied toward health-care premiums per year by participating in the wellness program. Learn more about EKU’s wellness program.

Other Perks

Being part of EKU’s campus community affords employees various other perks, such as access to campus events, memberships and employee discounts on car rentals, hotels, cell phone plans, auto and home insurance, software and at local restaurants.

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