Insurance Plans

Iowa State offers a suite of comprehensive health insurance plans supporting medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision for you and your family. In addition to our health plans, you can take advantage of additional benefits that Iowa State offers including supplemental and dependent life insurance, an eyewear discount program, long-term care insurance and much more! Interested in seeing how these plans may apply to your needs? Meet ALEX, an interactive online tool that will help you review the best-fit employee insurance plans for you and your family.

Generous Paid Time Off

Generous Paid Time Off

Iowa State supports employees by offering generous paid time off that includes: vacation, sick, holiday, bereavement, and emergency leave. Vacation and sick leave are accrued monthly, and accrual begins upon your first day of employment. Paid time off packages may vary depending on employment type. 

As a complement to paid time off, certain employment types can explore options through Workflex - a work program designed to provide flexibility on when, where, and how work gets done. 


Retirement Plans

New part- and full-time employees, as well as Pre/Post-Doctoral Scholars, are eligible to participate in the Iowa State retirement plans. Eligible employees may select one of two mandatory options, IPERS or TIAA, with both offering a robust employer match. For those interested in saving even more for retirement, explore our voluntary retirement savings plan.

Additionally, Iowa State offers continued education and support to help you plan for your retirement, including retiree benefits coverage for eligible retirees. 

Family Services

Family Services

Wherever you are in your career and life, you and your family matter to Iowa State. We know that the changing needs of your family may impact your career, whether it is the arrival of a new child, finding child care for your toddler, or caring for an aging parent. To help you navigate these stages of your family life, the WorkLife team has assembled a number of resources we hope you will find helpful.

Family Services Overview


Iowa State is dedicated to supporting the well-being of our campus community in the pursuit of meaningful, balanced, and productive lives. Our WorkLife team provides a range of programs and services to assist our employees with personal, family and work commitments.

WellBeing at Iowa State
Growth & Development

Growth and Development

Iowa State offers many opportunities for professional growth and development. We offer on-site, virtual and hosted learning opportunities in addition to supporting you in your career development. Tuition Reimbursement at Iowa State is available to eligible employees to assist you with furthering your own educational journey. 

Growth and Development at Iowa State