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Benefits Enrollment FAQ

When is Benefits Open Enrollment?

Typically the first week in November. Additional information will be provided as the period approaches.​

When can I make benefit changes?

Only during Open Enrollment or if you experience a qualifying life event or family status change. ​

When are my benefit changes effective?

Benefit changes made during Open Enrollment will be effective January 1, 2018. ​​

Where do I make benefit changes?

To make benefit changes, log into Campus Connection. Go to Self Service > Benefits > Benefits Enrollment. Once you make elections, click “Save and Continue” to finish your enrollment. Then on the Benefits EnrollmentSubmit Benefit Choices page, click “Submit” to submit your elections and complete your enrollment. You will be taken to the Benefits EnrollmentSubmit Confirmation page. Click “OK” to return to the Benefits Enrollment page. ​

How do I add my spouse/second domiciled adult and/or child to my benefits?

Complete a Dependent Add/Change form or SDA Affidavit of Eligibility​​ and submit it to the Benefits Department along with required supporting documentation. Once the dependent(s) is added to the system, you will then be able to enroll him/her in benefits through Campus Connection. ​

I do not want to make any changes. Do I still need to go through the Open Enrollment process?

All benefits eligible employees are strongly encouraged to review their benefit plan elections during the Open Enrollment period. If an employee does not submit their benefits elections by the  deadline, then most of the employee’s coverage choices from 2017 will roll over with no changes. The next opportunity to modify them will be Open Enrollment in November of 2018. The exceptions to this are health care and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts (which require re-enrollment every year). ​​

Are there any benefit plans that require me to re-enroll during Open Enrollment?

Yes, the health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts require re-enrollment each year. If you do not re-enroll during Open Enrollment, your election will default to waived. ​

I do not see the 403(b) retirement plan as an option in the open enrollment window. Does this mean I cannot change my election during Open Enrollment?

You can make changes to your 403(b) election at any time. A change will become effective the next pay period if you make your elections at the latest, the friday before payroll week. To make changes, go to Campus Connect and go to Self Service > Benefits > 403(b) Contributions.  ​​

What else should I be thinking about during the Open Enrollment period?

Open enrollment is a great opportunity to verify your dependent information in Campus Connection and your life insurance beneficiary information with Liberty Mutual. To view your dependent information in Campus Connection, go to Self Service > Benefits > Dependent/ Beneficiary Info. To view and/or modify your beneficiary information, go to Self Service > Benefits > Liberty Mutual. ​

I missed the Open Enrollment period. When is the next time I can make changes to my benefits?

The next opportunity to modify your benefits will be during the next Open Enrollment period in November of 2018, unless you experience a qualifying life event. Examples of qualifying life events include:

  • Birth or adoption of a child
  • Marriage or divorce
  • Loss of a spouse or second domiciled adult’s benefits coverage
  • Termination of coverage elsewhere​
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My spouse/partner’s open enrollment period differs from DePaul’s. What if I want to make changes based on his/her open enrollment?

We can consider your spouse/partner’s open enrollment period a qualifying change in status event, which would allow you to make changes to your benefits outside of the open enrollment period.  You will need to provide supporting documentation.  Remember to notify the Benefits Department within 31 days of his/her open enrollment period.   ​