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Stephen F. Austin State University offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • Insurance (health, dental, vision, life, accidental death and dismemberment, and short-term and long-term disability)
  • Retirement (fixed annuity, optional retirement plan, and contributions to 403B tax-sheltered annuity and 457 deferred compensation plan)
  • Paid time off (holidays, vacation and sick leave)
  • Employee assistance program (information, advice and support on a wide range of everyday issues, including counseling sessions with a licensed mental health professional, legal and financial resources, and work-life referrals)
  • Alternative work schedule and compressed work weeks
  • Employee scholarship program
  • Employee wellness program
  • Discounts to employees (including discounted tickets to athletic and performing arts events, discounted recreation center memberships and retail discounts through the ERS discount purchasing program)
  • Access to faculty/staff meal plans
  • Faculty and staff recognition (tenure and exemplary service)

When can I make changes to my benefits?

SFA employees may make changes to their benefits during the following times:

  • Initial Hire

    Health Insurance:
    within 60 days of hire
    Optional Insurances: with 31 days of hire
  • Summer Enrollment 

    Summer enrollment occurs annually, generally during the month of July. An announcement including the dates of summer enrollment is sent to SFA employees via SFA Today. ERS mails personal benefit summary statements and other information directly to employees' homes.
  • Qualifying Life Event Change (external website link)

    Employees have 30 days after one of the following life events to make changes to their benefits:
    • Marriage
    • Divorce
    • Birth or adoption of a child
    • Employment status change by employee or dependent

Can I make changes to my benefits online?

Yes, see the following PDFs for information about registering your online account through ERS OnLine and making changes to your benefits:

NOTICE: If you need to make a Family Status Change or Post Hire Change (marriage, newborn, new employee eligibility period) during the months of June, July and August, you will need to notify SFA Human Resources Benefits at benefits@sfasu.eduDuring the summer enrollment period, ERS does not allow employees to use ERS OnLine to make these types of changes.

Summary of Benefits

Summary of Benefits - Fiscal Year 2022 (PDF)


Benefits News

TexFlex Update for Plan Years 2020-2021

TexFlex (administered by WageWorks, Inc.) Update

Due to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, the following enhancements to the TexFlex spending accounts have been announced, effective immediately:

  • The annual carryover limit for TexFlex accounts have been temporarily removed
    • All unused funds from Plan Year 2020 accounts will carry over to your Plan Year 2021. There is no limit to the amount that can be carried over.
    • You don't need to take any action to make this happen. WageWorks is working on ensuring your funds are carried over and will notify you when the carryover is complete.
    • Previously, you could carry over up to $500 each plan year.
  • More time to use your funds after you leave employment or (stop contribution to the plan)
    • If you leave employment or stop participation in the program before the end of Plan Year 2021, you can continue to incur claims for reimbursement until August 31, 2021. (Previously, you could only submit claims for dates of services and expenses that occurred on or before your last day of employment or before you stopped participation.)
  • You can make changes to your TexFlex elections without a QLE
    • Previously, you could not make changes to your TexFlex account without a QLE.
    • For the 2021 plan year, you can increase or decrease your contribution amount and end your enrollment in TexFlex without a qualifying life event (QLE).
    • You cannot reduce your contribution to an amount less than what you have already contributed and/or have been reimbursed.
      Example: If you've contributed $300, you cannot reduce your annual contribution below $300. If you have been reimbursed $500, you cannot reduce your annual contribution below $500.
  • You can submit dependent care claims for children up to age 14
    • If you enrolled in the dependent care FSA prior to January 31, 2020 and had a qualifying dependent who turned (or will turn) 13 during the 2020 or 2021 plan years, you can submit claims for that child until they turn 14. (Previously, you could only submit claims for children age 13 or under.)

You can submit changes by logging into your ERS OnLine account or by calling ERS at 877-275-4377.

If you would like more information about these changes or other TexFlex information, call WageWorks at 844-884-2364. Contact Benefits at for additional questions or concerns.

All ERS health plans cover COVID-19 vaccination at 100%


Human Resources

Fax: 936.468.1104 

Walk-in Hours
Tuesday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
1936 North Street
Austin Building
Room 201