The Human Resources team at Rice University is committed to providing university faculty and staff with comprehensive information regarding benefits and other university services. Rice University offers a wide range of health and welfare benefits and several retirement options. These benefits are an important part of the total compensation package. Employees are encouraged to review all of the information available via this website in order to determine how to best apply these benefits to individual, personal situations. Enrollment assistance is available by calling at 713-348-BENE (2363) or e-mailing
Enrolling in Benefits
Rice provides an enrollment period each year during which employees can add, drop, or change coverage. This generally happens in April for changes effective July 1. New employees have 30 days from their hire date (or benefits eligibility date, whichever is later) to enroll in benefits. If the enrollment windows are missed, employees cannot enroll in most of the benefits until the next open enrollment period (unless there is a qualifying change in status).
Current Benefit Plans
Review this website for a complete explanation of the plans available to benefit eligible employees. This website includes important documents such as the Summary Plan description, Health & Welfare plan document, and documents specific to each benefit that describe how they work, what is covered, and what you must do to use them. Note that the active rates are based on a 12-month salary, so employees that are paid over nine months (or by academic year), will have slightly higher monthly deductions , but coverage is still intact during summer months. Rice’s health and welfare plan year (and fiscal year) is July 1 – June 30 and benefits open enrollment changes and new rates are effective July 1 of each year.
Health Care Reform
Click here to view the latest health and welfare Summary Annual Report.