Employees may purchase a monthly T Pass or pay for parking expenses through the Qualified Transportation Benefits Program (QTBP) administered by Benefit Strategies. The QTBP is a pre-tax benefit program that includes both Parking and Transit expenses. All benefitted employees are eligible to enroll in either or both plans. The monthly fee for this program is $1.50 and will be taken on a pre-tax basis. There is only one fee even if you enroll in both plans.

If you wish to purchase a monthly pass on a pre-tax basis, you must enroll through Benefit Strategies.  Once you have completed and submitted the online election form, you will receive a set of 2 flex VISA debit cards from Benefit Strategies which you will use to purchase your T Pass. If you have a Charlie Card, you may continue to use the same card. Just take the debit card and the Charlie Card to the purchasing agent to transfer the funds from the debit card to the Charlie Card. When you receive your 2 flex VISA debit cards, you can then register for your member online account. Under New User select Create Your New Username and Password link, and follow the steps from there with your full name, home zip code, full SSN# or UMass Employee ID#.

Benefit Strategies Transit and Parking Reimbursement Accounts Services

Employee Discount Platform

The President’s Office offers a Voluntary Benefits and Discount Program Platform called UMass Compass! Please visit UMass Compass to see the offers awaiting you.  

The portal will allow you to take advantage of some new benefits like:

  • The enhanced Auto Insurance Quoting Tool - helping benefited employees get the best price and maximum value on Auto insurance through Travelers, Farmers (formerly MetLife), and Liberty Mutual
  • MetLife Legal plan  — giving benefited employees peace of mind if you need help with a legal issue
  • Allstate Identity Protection  - an identity theft protection and credit monitoring program; $9.95 per month for individual plan and $17.95 per month for family plan. Employees may enroll at any time during the year
  • Long-Term Care Insurance through Mutual of Omaha-provides a policy to help pay for assisted living facilities or in-home care services such as bathing, dressing, feeding if unable to care for one self; this benefit is offered during an open enrollment in the fall of each year
  • UMass Employee Discount Program, with deep discounts on products that you use every day
  • 24/7 Support (855) 990 - 3300

Should you set up payroll deductions for auto or home insurance policies, MetLife Legal plan or Allstate Identity Protection program, the deductions will all appear under the one deduction code titled “Corestream Voluntary Benefits” on your biweekly paycheck.  A breakdown of your deductions will be available on the UMass Compass website and Corestream will be able to assist 24/7 with any deduction question.

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Tuition Benefit

As described below, the University offers tuition discounts at the UMass campuses in the form of Student Tuition Credits to University Employees and retirees, and the Spouses and Dependent Children of University Employees, retirees, and certain deceased University Employees.

Student Tuition Credits 

For continuing education classes taken at UMass campuses, tuition credit is offered at 50% to eligible employees.

A terminated University Employee (or the Spouse or Dependent Child of a Terminated University Employee) may complete a semester or course for which a Student Tuition Credit was previously applied.

Relationship to University Course Type Percentage Covered Eligibility Clause
Current/Active University Employees Undergraduate and Graduate Courses or Programs 100%* Part-time University Employees are eligible for up to seven (7) credits per semester.
Retired University Employees Undergraduate and Graduate Courses or Programs 100% One (1) program of study.
Spouses and Dependent Children of Current/Active University Employees Graduate Courses or Programs 20%  
Spouses and Dependent Children of Current/Active University Employees - University Employee w/ 2+ FTE Years of Service Undergraduate Courses of Programs 60%  
Spouses and Dependent Children of Current/Active University Employees - University Employee w/ < 2 FTE Years of Service Undergraduate Courses of Programs 15%  
Spouses and Dependent Children of Retired University Employees Undergraduate  Courses or Programs 60% One (1) program of study; undergraduate only
Spouses and Dependent Children of Deceased University Employees Undergraduate  Courses or Programs 60% With at least five (5) years of FTE University Service; one (1) program of study; undergraduate only

Note: All fees, books and other course materials are the employee's responsibility.

*100% tuition credit benefit for day division courses. Evening and online courses receive a tuition credit benefit of 50%. 

Please review the Tuition Waiver Policy for more information.

Tuition Benefit at State Colleges and Universities

Employees with six (6) months or more of full-time benefited service (or equivalent benefited part-time service), their spouses and dependent children, who are enrolled in a full-time state supported program at any Massachusetts university or community college, are eligible for tuition benefits. If you are enrolled in courses through the Division of Continuing Education, the tuition benefit is 50%.  Please check with the other Massachusetts public college's student financial services or bursar's office for the tuition benefits which might be available.

Forms and Other Information

All forms should be completed and sent to the Human Resources Office for approval. Forms should be emailed to The form will be completed, signed and emailed back to you. You may then submit the completed form to the Bursar's Office at the student's school to receive the appropriate tuition credit.