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Human Resources
Mitchell 1st Floor, MS: 7425
Phone: (509) 963-1202
Fax: (509) 963-1733
HR@cwu.edu

Benefits, Perks & Discounts Overview

Investing in you

CWU's comprehensive benefit package includes an annual contribution of over $12,000 toward health insurance, over $10,000 toward retirement, and a combined total of 40 days off for holidays, vacation, and sick leave. Depending on plans selected, your cost will vary for health insurance from $24 - $313 per month and 5-15% for retirement. CWU waives up to 50% of tuition for employees' dependents and employees may be eligible for the public service loan forgiveness program.


  • Insurance & Retirement

    CWU offers a comprehensive benefit package to keep you healthy and plan for your future.

    Get and Stay Healthy:

    Plan for the Future:

    • Retirement Plans: CWU offers the option of pension plan or a hybrid retirement plan and access to supplemental pre-tax savings plans.
    • Financial Planning & Education: As a CWU employee you have access to certified financial planners at no cost to you alongside financial and retirement planning tools and trainings.
  • Leave & Holidays

    As a member of our Wildcat Family, you receive the following:

    • Up to 28 days per year of Vacation Days
    • 10 Observed Holidays
    • 12 days per year of Sick Leave

    View more detailed information regarding leave and holidays.

  • Perks & Discounts

    Several perks and discounts are available to CWU employees.

    • College Savings Plan: The Washington State GET Program is a 529 savings plan created to help save money tax-free for eligible education expenses.
    • Dependent Tuition Waiver: CWU waives up to 50% of tuition for eligible staff and faculty dependents and distinguished retirees.
    • Discounts: CWU employees can receive discounts at various restaurants, wireless service providers, and the local Central Transit in Ellensburg by showing your CWU Connection Card.
    • Employee Assistance Program: The EAP resources are available to you, your spouse, and children up to age 26 for help with a wide-range of issues.
    • Employee Tuition Exemption: CWU employees who wish to start, continue, or finish their educational journey may waive tuition for up to eight credits each quarter.
    • Faculty and Staff Transitional Housing: A limited number of on-campus apartments are available for rent with 6 to 12 month leasing options. These units are subject to availability.
    • RecWell Membership: CWU Recreation offers a wellness membership for current Faculty and Staff.
    • SmartHealth Wellness: Eligible employees can qualify for an annual $125 wellness incentive.
    • Student Loan Forgiveness: CWU employees receive access to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.