Long-Term Disability

Columbia University's salary continuation plan and long-term disability can replace all or some of your income if you become ill or injured and cannot work. Officers of the University are automatically covered under the salary continuation plan and the Basic LTD Insurance Plan at no cost. Officers may elect to buy additional coverage under the Optional LTD Plan.

Click here for more information about the Columbia University Long Term Disability Plan.

Instructions for Applying for Long-Term Disability:

To apply for benefits under the Columbia University Long-Term Disability (LTD) Plan with MetLife Insurance through the MetLife Disability Claims Center:


Telephone: 1 (800) 858-6515
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (EST)
Fax: 1 (800) 230 - 9531
MetLife Disability
P.O. Box 14590
Lexington, KY 40511-4590


When applying, please keep in mind the following:

  • Should you exhaust your salary continuation prior to receiving a determination from the Long Term Disability (LTD) carrier, you will be placed on an unpaid leave of absence and you will be responsible for premium payments for your medical, dental, life and any other insurance you may be enrolled in. Employee Benefit Plan Administrators, Inc. (EPBA) will contact you with specific details regarding your payments.
  • Notification of your application status will be sent to you directly from the carrier.


If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources Benefits at 212-851-7000 or you may email leavemanagement@columbia.edu.