Harvard offers a competitive and unbeatable package of benefits and perks, which become active on your first day of employment. Please visit the Benefits section of the Employment@Harvard website for a detailed description of all of Harvard’s benefits.

Benefits Summary


Harvard provides a broad, flexible package of benefits to protect your health and financial security and that of your family, including a choice of medical and dental plans, short-term disability coverage, and reasonably priced life and long-term disability insurance. The University offers the following medical and dental plans: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Harvard University Group Health Program (HUGHP) and Delta Dental. Harvard also offers a retirement plan with employee eligibility, which provides income for retired employees.

Paid Time Off

Harvard offers a generous amount of paid time off, including three to four weeks of vacation and 12 sick days per year, which begin accruing on the first day of employment; 11 ½ paid holidays; and three nonaccruable personal days per calendar year, prorated based on date of hire.

Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP)

Harvard’s TAP program is a great way to enhance your career development or pursue a personal academic interest. Using TAP, you are eligible to receive reimbursement for undergraduate and graduate courses taken at both Harvard Extension School and other educational facilities for a substantially reduced fee in any subject that interests you after the completion of six months of employment. TAP is available to administrative professional, support and teaching staff.

Access to Harvard’s Resources

Access to Harvard’s wide range of facilities both in Cambridge and the Longwood Medical Area (LMA) including athletic facilities and recreational programs, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, world-renowned art and anthropology museums, libraries, and more.

Health and Wellness Programs

Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine staff and faculty are offered a variety of health and wellness programs for a discounted rate through Fitcorp, which are designed to meet individual interests and goals including weight loss, stress management, cardiovascular endurance, sports-specific conditioning, and improving overall health.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Harvard University offers an employee assistance program at no additional cost to the employee.  EAP provides the employee with 24/7 service for confidential help with personal, family, and work-related issues or concerns.

Outings & Innings

Outings & Innings is a one-stop convenient source for great savings and terrific perks provided exclusively to Harvard University employees and retirees. All you need is a valid Harvard ID and PIN. O&I provides access to tickets at a discount of up to 40% for movies, museums, performing arts, sports seasonal recreation, and a range of goods and services, as well as access to hard-to-procure tickets, such as Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics. For updated information and last-minute deals, subscribe to O&I’s weekly e-list at (lower left column). “All Tickets On Sale” lists all booked events and on-sale dates. “Performing Arts” lists more than 50 performing arts organizations that offer discounts with Harvard University ID. Great deals can be founding “Odds & Ends” and “Travel & Lodging.”

Work/Life Benefits and Services

We offer programs and referrals in support of work and family needs, including flexible schedules; Cambridge-based day care centers; financial assistance for day care, elder care, and adoption; and much more.

Center for Workplace Development (CWD)

Located in Cambridge, the Center for Workplace Development strives to create learning opportunities to improve career development and organizational performance. The programs offered include professional and career development courses, hands-on computer courses in all levels of word processing, spreadsheets, database management and design, desktop publishing, and web page development, and instructor-led and online administration-system classes for users of Harvard University’s financial, human resources, and reporting systems. Harvard employees may log into their PeopleSoft accounts to access and register for available courses. For additional questions and registration, you may e-mail the CWD office.

Harvard University Employee Credit Union (HUECU)

HUECU offers checking, term share certificates, and IRAs, as well as mortgage, home equity, automobile, and personal loans at competitive rates.

Longwood Medical Area Branch
Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tax Deferred Annuity and Investment Program

Harvard offers a flexible pretax investment plan with tax-deferred earnings and access to top mutual funds from Fidelity Investments, TIAA-CREF, and the Vanguard Group.

Other Special Discounts and Services

Discounts on public transportation and commuter services, including a 50% discount on T passes.

Parking is available on a limited basis in both the Longwood and Cambridge area

The Harvard Housing Office maintains current information on housing owned by the University and other landlords in the Cambridge/Boston area. It provides listings of apartments and houses for rent and for sale, roommate files, and work/housing exchange opportunities.