Human Resources

You have 31 days from your time of employment to sign up for benefits and your effective date of coverage will be the 1st of the month following your enrollment.

Contact Julie LaRue at 622-5131 with any questions concerning benefits.

As an ASMSA employee, you are eligible to participate in:

Medical Insurance (UMR) - two plan options

Dental Insurance (Delta Dental)

Vision Insurance (Superior Vision)

Retirement Plans

Optional Life Insurance

Dependent Life Insurance

Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance

Optional Long Term Disability

Flexible Benefit Plan

Group Home and Auto Insurance

Group Long Term Care Insurance

Group Cancer/Critical Illness Insurance

Tuition Discount


ASMSA is part of the University of Arkansas System, which also offers the following benefits at no cost:

Basic Life Insurance

Basic Long Term Disability

Basic Retirement

Employee Assistance Program



Wellness Program

In order to encourage better health and fitness, ASMSA offers employees three 30-minute periods during each week to participate in fitness activities. Employees should discuss their schedules with their supervisors. More information about the Wellness Program and a form to chart your goals is available in the Related Documents posted at right. 

The school nurse can provide blood pressure and pulse checks and body measurements. Scales are available in the nurse’s office for checking your weight. The nurse’s office is located on the first floor of the Student Center Building.

Visit the Onlife Health website to learn more about the wellness and preventive care program sponsored by the University of Arkansas Health Plan.



Medical Insurance

Medical insurance is administered by UMR and premium costs are shared between you and ASMSA. 



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Dental Coverage  

Dental insurance is provided by Delta Dental of Arkansas and premium costs are shared between you and ASMSA.

Delta Dental

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Vision Coverage 

Vision insurance is provided by Superior Vision and premium costs are shared between you and ASMSA.

Superior Vision

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Retirement Plans

ASMSA offers three retirement plan options

1. University of Arkansas Optional Retirement Plan

  • Two companies: TIAA-CREF or Fidelity
  • Vested in one year
  • ASMSA contributes 5% automatically and matches up to 10 percent at the same percentage the employee contributes
  • Click to read the Summary Plan Description
  • Annual SRA letter

2. Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System

  • ASMSA contributions are made in occurrence with current legislation.
  • Employees cannot contribute to APERS, however, employees are allowed to make salary reduction contributions to the Optional Retirement Plan (SRA)
  • Not vested for 5 years
  • More information:

3. Effective Oct. 1, 2011, ASMSA offers a Roth IRA. You may sign up for the Roth IRA at anytime and it will be effective the pay period following your enrollment. Additional information about the Roth IRA is available under the "Related Documents" at right.

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Life Insurance Options

Basic Life Insurance - Is free and covers one times your annual salary up to $50,000. Click here to read Basic Life coverage plan.

Optional Life Insurance - Can be purchased in increments of

  • One
  • Two
  • Three
  • Four times your annual salary

The maximum total life insurance you may have is $500,000.

Dependent Life Insurance - Can be purchased to cover your spouse and dependent children. 

Click here to read the Optional and Dependent Life Insurance coverage plan.

Click here to read the Basic Retiree Life Insurance coverage plan.

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Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

Coverage is available from $25,000 up to $300,000 (not to exceed 15 times your salary). You may elect Employee Only or Family coverage. If you elect Family coverage, you are insured for a specific amount. Your spouse would be covered at 60% the amount you are insured for in the event you become disabled.

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Long Term Disability Insurance

Basic Long Term Disability Insurance - Covers the first $20,000 of your salary

Optional Long Term Disability Insurance - May be elected to cover the portion of your salary that exceeds $20,000. This insurance pays 60% of the amount you are insured for in the event you become disabled.

Click here to view the Long Term Disability coverage plan.

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Flexible Benefit Plan/IRS Section 125

You may defer a portion of your income to pay for the following:

  • Dependent Care Expenses
  • Health Care Expenses

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Group Home and Auto Insurance

Liberty Mutual offers a package for University of Arkansas System employees to provide you with a discounted rate for home and auto insurance. You can have your premiums paid through payroll deductions.

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Group Long Term Care Insurance

This insurance provides for coverage of nursing/assistance in your home or in a nursing home. You can have your premium paid through payroll deductions.

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Group Cancer/Critical Illness Insurance

You will be able to sign up for this insurance at the end of each calendar year to begin the first of the following year.

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Tuition Discount

University of Arkansas System employees working full-time (100% appointment), their spouses and dependents are eligible for a tuition discount. Visit the Human Resources Office for a tuition discount form. All tuition discount forms must be approved through Human Resources to receive the discount. There are deadlines, so be sure to have all the paperwork complete and turned in for each semester. Many graduate courses are not eligible for tuition discount, so check with Human Resources first to verify to which courses the discount will apply.

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Employee Assistance Program

The Arkansas Employee Assistance Program is a benefit provided to all ASMSA employees and their immediate family members. AEAP provides counseling and is ideal for individuals and families experiencing personal distress or simply seeking to improve health and well-being.

AEAP can help with: stress management, grief, life balance, personal/emotional concerns, anger management, relationships, substance abuse, elder care, compassion fatigue, or work related issues.

This benefit is provided and NO COST to the employee and is completely confidential.

There is a location in Hot Springs. Contact AEAP at 1-800-542-6021 to schedule an appointment. Be sure to tell them you are in Hot Springs in order to see a counselor in our area.

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