6: Perks

6.1 Transit Program
Transit Program

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 here: https://www.benstrat.com/ctbform/index.php.  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 here: https://benstrat.navigatorsuite.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f. 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

6.2 University-Wide Employee Discounts
University-Wide Employee Discounts

Employee Discount Platform

The University has recently partnered with a new consulting firm and jointly, we will be evaluating the University’s existing voluntary benefits program, which is currently comprised of home, auto and legal insurance.   Additionally, there will be a change to our discount platform; effective November 15, 2016 UMass employees will no longer have access to UMass Extras through BenePlace.  In the interim, University employees can utilize BenefitHub, a new and temporary alternative platform providing a similar array of discounts.  We’ll be working with our new consultants to develop a customized discount platform unique to UMass employees’ geography and interests and look forward to sharing this with you soon!

If this is your first visit to Benefithub you will need to register to access the program.  Using your UMass email address and unique UMass referral code P6N1BA, please Create an Account on the left hand side of this page.   

Complete your registration, and you will be granted access to all of the discounts and perks provided by Benefithub. Enjoy!

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Office Depot Employee Purchase Program

Office Depot offers UMASS employees special discounts off on already low prices!  Shop online and have it delivered to your home!

Please reach out to your campus Procurement Office for set-up instructions.

Exclusive Employee Discounts

The University of Massachusetts President's Office is pleased to offer all UMass employees the following exclusive discounts.  In order to receive these special offerings, employees should be prepared to show a campus ID and/or University business card to secure the special UMass Employee Discount. Certain restrictions may apply per participating partner.  Please continue to check this site frequently for future discounts.

View the exclusive discounts.

6.3 U$ave
U$ave Purchasing Program

This purchasing program, originally conceived and launched in 2002, takes advantage of the volume purchasing power of all five University campuses and returns substantial discounts to the purchaser. U$ave, while designed primarily to serve the computer purchasing needs of the campuses, also extends its benefits to personal purchases by University students, faculty, and staff.

U$ave Site

6.4 Tuition Credit
Tuition Reimbursement

Tuition Waiver

Full-time employees, spouses, domestic partner and dependent children receive free tuition at any UMASS campus (excluding the MD program at UMass Medical School and the UMass School of Law).

Regular part-time employees receive 7 tuition-free credits per semester or summer. If you are enrolled in courses through the Division of Corporate, Continuing, and Distance Education, the tuition waiver is 50%.

Tuition Remission

Full-time employees, their spouses and dependent children enrolled in a full-time state supported program at any Massachusetts university or community college receive free tuition. If you are enrolled in courses through the Division of Continuing Education, the tuition waiver is 50%.

Note - all fees, books and other course materials are the employee's responsibility.

Fee Waiver for Spouse and Dependents

Spouses and Dependents of full-time benefited employees are eligible for a waiver in the semester following the completion of two years of full-time equivalent benefited service at any of the UMass Campuses or UMass System Office.  The Fee Waiver Policy will replace the current practice of freezing UMass curriculum/operating fees for spouses and dependents at the 2008-2009 levels.

Forms and Other Information

All forms should be completed and sent to the Human Resources Office for approval. Once approved, you will be able to submit it to the respective campus for proper credit.

6.5 Telecommuting
Telecommuting Program

Employees may be able to make arrangements to telecommute. This arrangement requires the approval of the employee's supervisor and department head. Please read the Telecommuter Guidelines (below) to see if you may be eligible. If there is mutual agreement between the supervisor and employee then the following documents must be read and signed by the appropriate parties:

The Telecommuter Agreement, Guidelines, Addendum (if appropriate), and Property Removal (if needed) should all be signed by the appropriate parties with the fully signed original copy going to the Human Resources Office in Shrewsbury.