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Full-Time Faculty (ECCFA) Benefits Summary

The information provided here contains general guidelines and information. If you have questions on the eligibility or applicability of a benefit or policy, please refer to the administrative procedures and benefit documents and forms on or contact the Human Resources (HR) Department.

Medical Insurance

The college offers two medical insurance plans: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois PPO and HMO Illinois. Both provide access to a cost-saving mail-order prescription program and various discount programs. The college pays a portion of the premium for employee and dependent coverage.*

Medical Plans Documents and Forms

Dental Insurance

The college offers a dental plan through Delta Dental for you and your family, with the option of selecting an HMO or PPO/Premier plan. The college pays a portion of the premium for employee and dependent coverage.*

Dental Plans Documents and Forms

Life and Long Term Disability Insurance

Group term employee life and accidental death and dismemberment policy at two times base annual salary or $100,000, whichever is greater, rounded up to the nearest thousand, is provided at no cost to the employee up to a maximum of $350,000. Eligible employees may apply for and, if approved, purchase Additional Employee Life, Spouse Life, Dependent Life, and Employee Long Term Disability Insurance.

Life and Long-Term Disability Insurance Documents and Forms

Vision Plan

A no-cost vision discount program for exams, lenses, and frames is available through the Blue Cross and Blue Shield medical plans. Additional coverage can be purchased through ECC’s voluntary vision provider, VSP.*

Vision Plans Documents and Forms

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Eligible employees can set aside earnings on a pre-tax basis through payroll deduction to pay for qualified health expenses not covered by insurance and child/elder care expenses as prescribed by law.

FSA Documents and Forms

Retirement Plans

The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) provides retirement, disability, death, and survivors’ benefits to eligible SURS participants and annuitants. ECC employees contribute a fixed percentage of gross earnings, which is deposited into the employee's chosen retirement plan. In addition, employees contribute a fixed percentage of earnings to fund a retiree health insurance plan.

Employees may elect to participate in a 403(b) tax-sheltered annuity plan and/or a 457(b) deferred compensation plan. Both plans allow employees to save for retirement by setting aside earnings on a pre-tax basis.

Retirement Plans Documents and Forms

Time Off with Pay

ECC believes employees should have generous opportunities to enjoy time away from work to help balance their lives. As such, full-time faculty members** will earn the following:

  • Sick: 12 days per year
  • Personal: 2 days per year

Professional Development

Eligible employees may be reimbursed for pre-approved professional growth activities.

Professional Development Documents and Forms

Professional Expense Reimbursement

Eligible employees may be reimbursed up to $750 for professional expenses incurred throughout each calendar year that are directly applicable to the employee's position with the college.

Professional Expense Reimbursement Documents and Forms

Tuition Reimbursement

Employees may be eligible to receive tuition reimbursement for credit courses they, their spouse, or children age 25 or younger take at Elgin Community College, earning a grade of "C" or better.**

Tuition Reimbursement Procedure

Additional Benefits

  • Confidential Employee Assistance Program available 24/7.
  • Be sure to ask about discounts provided to ECC employees when frequenting local businesses.

Please see the benefit rate chart for details.

Please refer to the Administrative Procedures available on