Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment Period: Thursday, November 3, 2016-Friday, December 2, 2016, 4:30 p.m.

Detailed information summarizing benefit plan changes, and other helpful Open Enrollment items are included in the Enrollment letter (pdf)

All enrollment forms with changes must be received in the human resources office by the Friday, December 2, 2016 deadline. Any changes you make will be effective January 1, 2017, as will any applicable changes to your 2017 payroll deductions.

Benefits Fair

The Benefits Fair in the Red Barn is a great opportunity to meet with representatives from the benefit plans and other on-campus groups and have your questions answered by the experts.  It will take place on Thursday, November 3, 2016, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Red Barn. 

The annual benefits open enrollment period is the one occasion each year during which employees have the opportunity to make voluntary changes to their enrollment elections for their health, dental, and vision insurances as well as to their election to participate in the medical and/or dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA).

Benefits Info Drop-In Sessions

Due to the significant medical plan changes this year, we will also be holding Benefits Info Drop-In Sessions with our benefits consultant on the following dates. We encourage you to come to ask any questions you may have about this year’s renewals.

  • Wednesday, October 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the FPH Lounge
  • Tuesday, November 15, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Kern Rm. 202

Benefit Forms and Additional Info

Health Insurance

Health Insurance Enrollment/Change Form (pdf) Find your insurance plan on the list below. Write the corresponding letter on the PRODUCT line next to the Member Section arrow (in blue) on the enrollment/change form. 

  • HMO = B
  • Advantage (Low Cost) HMO = E
  • PPO = M

Health Information and Reimbursement Forms

Dental Insurance

Vision Insurance

Flexible Spending Account

The IRS has set the maximum limit that you can elect for the health care spending account at $2,600 for 2017. The dependent care maximum remains at $5,000 for 2017.

Life Insurance

Our life insurance carrier is Symetra. The current basic life insurance benefit will remain at 2.0 times your annual salary benefit, up to a maximum of $150,000. Employees have the option to purchase additional life insurance for themselves, their spouses or partners, and children. This supplemental life insurance coverage is employee-paid.

This website is intended as a general overview of Hampshire College benefits plans only. Every effort has been made to summarize these programs accurately. In all cases, the actual provisions of each benefit plan will govern if there is any inconsistency between this site and Hampshire's formal plans or contracts.

Stay In Touch
With The Benefits Office
Snail Mail
Benefits Office
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone + Email
413.559.5495
Fax: 413.559.5695
benefits@hampshire.edu