Benefits and perks

What are benefits and perks, exactly?

USC provides you, as a benefits-eligible employee, with a broad range of benefits to help protect your (and your family’s) health, wealth and future – like health insurance, a retirement account, life insurance, and tuition benefits. The university invests hundreds of millions of dollars every year to provide these benefits, and they represent an important and substantial part of your overall compensation package.

Other benefits are known as “perks” (short for perquisites). These represent the privileges and advantages of being a USC employee, like discounts and access to university facilities. In some cases these perks extend to you even if you’re not otherwise benefits-eligible.

Questions? You can always contact the HR Service Center at or (213) 821-8100. But everything related to your USC benefits – or perks – is contained in the links to the right, or below.

Getting started or changing your benefits

Benefit categories

The fine print

See USC’s staff benefits policy. Faculty policy on benefits is contained in chapter 3 of the Faculty Handbook.

ERISA Summary Plan Description

Benefits programs are subject to change at any time by the university, at its discretion, without prior notice or liability, to the extent permitted under applicable law. In the event of a discrepancy between the benefits and limitations described on this website and a plan document or collective bargaining agreement, the terms of the plan document or collective bargaining agreement will govern. Employees of other entities that have entered into agreements with the University of Southern California to provide payrolling service are subject to the policies and procedures adopted by their employer.