Benefits at Columbia


Columbia University provides a comprehensive package of benefits designed to allow eligible faculty and staff to create a program suited to your needs and those of your family.

Depending on your eligibility, the University offers healthcare coverage, dental coverage, flexible spending accounts, an Employee Assistance Program, pre-tax transit and parking reimbursement, life insurance, disability coverage, tuition programs and more.

Benefits Information

Please use the menu navigation on the left under Find Out About... Benefits to learn about the various benefits offerings at Columbia University.

You can also consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help you further understand your Columbia University benefits:

The University's Autism Benefit now includes Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). Learn more.

Important: New Hires must enroll for benefits within 31 days of your start date.

If you do not make selections during this period, you and any eligible dependents will not receive Medical, Prescription, Dental, Optional Long-Term Disability Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Transit/Parking Reimbursement, Optional Term Life Insurance, Dependent Term Life Insurance, or Long-Term Care Insurance coverage from Columbia University for the remainder of the calendar year. 

Benefits Orientation for Officers

Benefits Orientation for Support Staff

Contact the Benefits Service Center

Telephone:   212-851-7000

Secure Fax:  212-851-7025

Email:  sends e-mail)

Mailing Address: 615 West 131st Street, Mail code 8703
                             Studebaker Building, 4th Floor
                             New York, NY 10027

The HR/Benefits website is intended only to provide information for the guidance of Columbia University Officers, staff and union employees. The writers of the content have exercised their best efforts to ensure accuracy of the information, but accuracy is not guaranteed. If there are any discrepancies between the information on the website, verbal representations and the Plan documents, the Plan documents will always govern. The information is subject to change from time to time, and the University reserves the right to change or terminate these Plans at any time. The information contained on the website is not intended to replace the plan documents, nor is the information in any way intended to imply a contract.