Benefits & perks


A quick and light-hearted look at some of the privileges of USC employment


Benefit & time off summary – faculty

Benefit & time off summary – staff

USC’s benefits website

2014 Benefits Open Enrollment News


Health insurance
USC’s health care options

Trojan Family Navigator for Keck Medicine of USC
If you’re using the USC Network Medical Plan, personalized help is available in navigating the Keck health system and making appointments. Call 323-TROJANS (323-876-5267) or you can contact them by email.

Dental plans

Vision plan

AFLAC cancer expense protection

Genworth long term care

Verdugo Hills Hospital employee medical plan

Verdugo Hills Hospital employee prescription program

Verdugo Hills Hospital employee dental plan

Verdugo Hills Hospital employee vision plan

Verdugo Hills Hospital employee short term/accident/cancer insurance

Health insurance – hospital union employees

Dental and vision plans – hospital union employees


Using your education benefits


USC’s retirement plan

Supplemental contributions

Retirement education programs

How some USC retirees are enjoying their benefits


A recent Staff Retirement Luncheon


USC Hospital 401(k) retirement plan

457(b) plan

Flexible spending accounts, insurance, another other helps

Flexible spending accounts (health & dependent care)
Learn more about your flexible spending account benefits

Verdugo Hills Hospital employee flexible spending accounts

Life and AD&D insurance
USC’s life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment coverage is provided by Minnesota Life

Verdugo Hills Hospital employee term life and AD&D insurance

Life and AD&D insurance – hospital union employees

Legal services
Legal services are provided by Hyatt Legal (Minnesota Life also offers some legal services – see Life and AD&D link above)

Travel assistance
Travel assistance services are offered through Minnesota Life

Child care information
USC’s child care centers are operated by Children’s Creative Learning Centers; other resources are available

Staff vacation leave policy

Faculty vacation leave policy – see Faculty Handbook


USC—An Award-Winning Workplace

Saving money

USC employees are entitled to discounts on a wide variety of services!

Ticket office
Discounts on everything from USC sporting and cultural events to your local movie theaters and Southern California’s biggest attractions

Travel discounts
USC employees may obtain discounts by using the university’s contract suppliers

Public service loan forgiveness
Working at USC means special benefits related to some federal educational loans

Neighborhood homeownership
USC will pay up to $50,000 toward a house in a campus neighborhood

USC Bookstore
Use your USCard to get an employee discount of many bookstore items, including your favorite Trojan gear!

USC Credit Union

Bank of America program

Surplus Sales
USC’s Surplus Sales is not open to the public, but employees can pick up a bargain on used equipment or furniture, for either business or personal use

Verdugo Hills Hospital employees are also entitled to free onsite annual certification renewals, free onsite parking, the VHH rideshare/carpool program, and employee discounts in the VHH cafeteria, gift shop, pharmacy and entertainment activities

Are you a veteran? USC is one of only two major universities across the nation that has continuously maintained close and strong bonds with the armed services. The university hosts annual military appreciation events and sponsors numerous programs to help both active and retired military:


Health & wellness

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Campus fitness centers
Employees enjoy a discount on memberships at USC health centers, as well as abundant recreational sports opportunities


UPC’s Lyon Center

Wellness resources
RecSports offers a goldmine of resources to help keep you healthy, including walking maps of the campuses!

Healthy Trojans
USC’s comprehensive wellness site, encouraging work/life balance and health across the spectrum

Farmers market - At certain times of the year, healthy fresh produce can be purchased right on McCarthy Quad at UPC:


Center for Work and Family Life counseling
Free and confidential counseling is offered to USC employees and their families

Center for Work and Family Life classes and groups
Many health-enhancing services are provided free of charge by USC’s Center for Work and Family Life

Overview of the Center for Work and Family Life:


Verdugo Hills Hospital employee wellness programs

Hospital employee assistance program

Environmental Health & Safety
USC’s health and safety professionals can help you ensure that your office and desk setup is ergonomically healthy

Faculty/Staff health center at UPC

Keck Medical Center of USC

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT with a Keck Medical Center doctor

Learn about Keck’s innovation patient experience program:


Ostrow School of Dentistry faculty practice at UPC

Occupational Therapy practice at HSC

Staff appreciation and recognition

Staff appreciation
Learn how USC shows its appreciation for your university service

Staff milestone videos

President’s Award for Staff Achievement

Working at USC – on video