Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)/Graduate Teacher Assistant (GTA) – Employee Benefits

Benefits Services assists both UT Arlington GRA and GTA employees in understanding the various employee benefits programs that the university offers, such as Medical, Dental, Vision, Term Life, Accidental Death, and Dismemberment (AD&D), Flexible Spending, Short and Long-Term Disability, and other benefits.  We strive to be efficient, responsive, knowledgeable, and courteous in providing assistance and administering these programs.

 

  • Graduate teaching and research assistants (GTA/GRA) appointed one-half time or more for a period of 4 ½ months or longer and work at least 20 hours per week are part-time benefit eligible to participate in the university’s group insurance programs. These programs include Group Medical, Dental, Vision, Term Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, Flexible Spending, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, and Voluntary Retirement Programs.
  • Eligibility for employee benefits is contingent upon your employment status as an GRA/GTA hired to work at least 20 hours/week. If you are hired to work less than 20 hours/week, you are not eligible for employee benefits.
  • GTA/GRA are not eligible for paid vacation and sick leave.
  • GTA/GRA are not eligible to contribute to TRS or ORP.
  • If you are a part-time employee who is eligible for benefits because of your status as a graduate student GTA/GRA (working at least 20 hours, but less than 29 hours per week), UTA and the State of Texas will pay 50% of your premiums for the basic coverage package, and up to 25% of the premiums for your dependents' medical coverage.
  • If you are enrolled in the UT SHIP plan for your medical coverage, or you already have other outside medical group coverage such as insurance provided through your parent’s employer, or spouse’s employer, or TRICARE, and can provide proof of current medical coverage from another source, you may waive the UT Select or UT Connect medical coverage, and use state premium sharing (25% if you are part-time, a $168.79 credit) to purchase one or more of the following optional coverages that are paid on a pre-tax basis: Dental, Vision, and/or Voluntary Accidental Death and Dismemberment, at no cost to you.
  • Individual policies or coverage purchased through the Marketplace Exchange do not qualify for premium sharing credit towards Dental, Vision, and Voluntary Accidental Death and Dismemberment.
  • If you enroll in the dental and vision plus plans for subscriber/family will have to pay the difference in cost via payroll deduction.
  • If you would like to select the premium sharing plan option, you will need to:
    1. Log in to My UT Benefits.
    2. Waive UT Select or UT Connect medical coverage.
    3. Enroll in Dental, Vision, and/or Voluntary Accidental Death and Dismemberment. Please note that if you are not enrolled in Dental, Vision, and/or Voluntary Accidental Death and Dismemberment, you will not be eligible to apply the premium sharing credit. 
    4. Upload a copy of your proof of medical coverage to the document center in My UT Benefits.
    5. Accept the premium sharing credit.

New benefits eligible GRA/GTA's are able to make employee benefits elections by using their active employee net id to log in to the  My UT Benefits Portal.  

To enroll in the UTA employee benefits, you must actively elect your benefits by completing the online new employee enrollment.

Your elections must be completed within 31 days of the start date of your employment. Benefits guides and videos to assist you with the enrollment process are available in the My UT Benefits Portal. 

If you have any problems logging in using your NET ID, please contact the IT Help Desk Office of Information Technology 817-272-2208 Live chat. 

If you have problems navigating the MY UT Benefits website, please call 844-870-0044. 

If you have specific benefits questions, please contact a Benefits Specialist at benefits@uta.edu

Enrollment Resources:

Employee Benefits Enrollment Instructions

My UT Benefits Navigation (video)

 

Your employee benefits are always contingent on your employment status and require a minimum of 20-29 hours/week to continue eligibility. If you are a benefit eligible GRA/GTA for the spring semester and your GRA/GTA position ends in May, then your employee benefits coverage will end as of May 31. Graduate students will be offered COBRA for continuation of benefits during the summer months.  The Premium Sharing Credit for dental, and/or vision is not offered with COBRA continuation of benefits.  If you go on summer break or drop below the 20 hours/week threshold, and later return as a GRA/GTA once again in the fall semester working 20 hours/week, you would be considered a new employee with a new 31-day window as of your rehire date, and would need to re-enroll in your employee benefits to have coverage.

You must be assigned in a benefits-eligible position during the summer months of June, July, and August, to be eligible for summer employee insurance coverage.

Office of Talent, Culture, and Inclusion
J.D. Wetsel Service Center
1225 W. Mitchell St., Suite 212
Box 19176, Arlington, TX 76019
Phone: 817-272-5554 - Fax: 817-272-7288
benefits@uta.edu