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Health & Welfare Benefits

American University provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that supports you and your family.

You are eligible for benefits if you are a full-time faculty or staff member, as defined in the Faculty Staff Benefits Manual.

Some benefits, such as medical and dental, require enrollment during specific enrollment windows. Other benefits, such as contributions to the AU 403(b) retirement plan, can be made at any time throughout the year.

You may enroll in most of the university benefits plans:


AU offers full-time faculty and staff a choice between two medical options:

  1. CareFirst BlueChoice Advantage 
  2. Kaiser Permanente

Compare Medical Options

Prescription Drug Coverage

Prescriptions are part of your medical plan.

  • Express Scripts for CareFirst participants
  • Kaiser for Kaiser participants

Learn about Rx coverage

Dental Coverage

AU offers two dental plans through Delta Dental.

  • Basic
  • Comprehensive

Compare Dental Plans

Flexible Spending Accounts

Use pre-tax dollars to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses.

Learn about FSAs


Optional legal coverage to help protect you, your family, your finances and your future.

Explore the legal plan

Life & Accidental Death & Dismemberment

Protect and provide security for your family or beneficiaries.

View insurance options


American University makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information that appears on the benefits site. However, if there are discrepancies between the information presented and the legal documents governing a plan or program (the "plan documents"), the plan documents will always govern. American University reserves the right to amend or terminate any benefit plan at its sole discretion at any time, for any reason.