Eligible full-time employees are provided a wide range of benefits. Some of the benefit premiums, or a portion thereof, may be sponsored by the College.  Depending upon selections made, some plans may also require contributions from the employee.  Premiums that are sponsored by the College may be subject to change.  The College and/or ERS will notify employees of any changes as soon as possible.

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A comprehensive health insurance program is provided through ERS. The State/College will pay 100% of the insurance premiums for a full-time employee and 50% of the premiums for dependent coverage. There will be a 60-day waiting period beginning on the first day of the month after the month the employee is hired before the employee may enroll in the health insurance program. New employees transferring from another state institution are exempt from this waiting period. 

ERS    800-275-4377

Health Select    866-336-9371


Vision    877-426-9300 


Dental insurance is available for benefit eligible employees and begins on the first day of employment.  Eligible employees may select the Dental HMO or the State of Texas Dental Choice Plan or the State of Texas Dental Discount Plan.  The College will pay 100% of the Dental HMO insurance premium for the full-time employee only.  The employee pays 100% of the premiums for all eligible dependents in either plan and the remaining employee premium of the Dental Choice Plan.

Dental HMO

State of Texas Dental Choice Plan

State of Texas Dental Discount Plan
Other Benefits:
24/7 myNurseLine  (877) 731-8306 
Talk to a registered nurse about your health concerns - day or night

Group life insurance
Galveston College provides, without charge, group life insurance coverage in the amount equal to two (2) times the annual salary for the employee. Additional life insurance may be purchased at the employee’s expense with Evidence of Insurability (EOI).

Life Insurance

Optional Term Life

Voluntary Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D)

Dependent Life 

Long-term and short-term disability
Through long-term and short-term disability insurance coverage programs, eligible employees may receive a portion of their monthly income if they become disabled, are unable to work, and exhaust all sick leave benefits.  This coverage is available to eligible employees only during the first 31 days of employment without going through the Evidence of Insurability (EOI) process.

Long Term   / Short Term Disability Insurance

Employee Assistance Program
The College offers an Employee Assistance Program that provides free confidential short-term counseling for full-time employees and their immediate family. Mental health, financial and legal counseling sessions are available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week at no charge to the employee. Simply call Interface EAP at 1-800-324-4327.  Se habla Espanol 1-800-324-2490.  

Click here for more information on the Employee Assistance Program.

Flexible Spending Accounts
The College participates in a Section 125 Flexible Health Care and Dependent Care Program through ERS. Upon employment, the employee may enter into a written agreement with the College and ERS that a pre-tax payroll deduction be made to fund a Health Care Spending and/or Dependent Care Spending Account. The employee may use the tax-free money from these accounts to pay for eligible health expenses not reimbursed under the employee’s medical and dental plans, or to pay for eligible child care expenses. The process of entering into a written agreement needs to be repeated prior to September 1 for each subsequent calendar year in which an employee wishes to fund such accounts.  More information can be found on the TexFlex Website.

Credit Union
Galveston College employees are eligible for membership in the The University Federal Credit Union and/or the Associated Credit Union of Texas .


All eligible employees are enrolled in either the Texas Teachers Retirement System (TRS) or Optional Retirement Plan (ORP).  TRS is a defined benefit plan administered by the Teachers Retirement System of the State of Texas. ORP is a defined contribution plan administered by applicable vendors and legislated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Only full-time faculty, administrators and professional/technical staff are eligible to participate in ORP (ORP eligible positions).   

Before you choose your retirement plan, please read:   Overview of ORP and TRS 

Teacher Retirement System of Texas 

Optional Retirement Program          

      ORP Plan Information

      Approved ORP vendor list

If you are planning to retire soon please read the following information -

   Pre-retirement package for ORP participants

   Pre-retirement package for TRS participants

   My Retirement Outlook Tool

 Voluntary Tax Deferred Programs:

Employees may elect to participate in a voluntary Tax-Deferred Program by purchasing deferred annuity contracts or custodial accounts from a College approved vendor. Such custodial accounts or annuity contracts are acquired under 16 Section 403(B) and 457(b) of the Internal Revenue Code. Employees electing to contribute an amount to purchase a tax deferred annuity contract or custodial account will sign a salary reduction agreement, which will be effective only for contributions made.    

   403(b) and 457 (b) Plan Information
   Approved Elective 403(b) and 457(b) Vendors.  
   Video introduction to Voluntary Tax Deferred Programs

ORP Plan documents approved by the Galveston College Board of Regents:

   Galveston College ORP Resolution


Updated 8/25/2016 - Content Author duyehara