Employee Benefits

Freed-Hardeman University offers a very competitive benefits package. Please see the detailed sections below for more information.


Benefits Start Date

Effective March 1, 2008 a change has been made to our benefits program. When a new full time employee is hired, their benefits will be effective on their date of hire. When an employee terminates, their last day of active employment is the last day of their coverage. As an example, when a person begins working on March 8 their benefits will become effective March 8. An employee whose last day of work is May 20 will have coverage until midnight of that night.


Health and Wellness

  • Medical Insurance
    One plan offered by BCBS (starting June 1, 2017) plus HRA

  • Dental Insurance
    Comprehensive coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Vision Insurance
    Coverage provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Flex Spending Account Plan
    Allows you to use pre-tax dollars to cover medical, dental, and certain other expenses.

  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
    Allows you to deposit pre-tax dollars into a savings account to accrue for certain medical expenses. Available with High Deductible Health Plans.

  • Life Insurance
    We provide each employee with $20,000 life insurance with the option of purchasing more at a low rate.

  • Long Term Disability
    Long term disability insurance provided for the employee.

  • FHitness for U Wellness program
    A comprehensive wellness program that aims to encourage employees to become healthier emotionally, spiritually, financially, and physically.






FHU Retirement Plan
FHU works with two providers, VOYA and TIAA-CREF, to provide retirement plans to its employees. FHU will match contributions up to 3% of the employee's annual salary. Participation is mandatory as of employee's start date.




Time Away from Work

  • Vacation
    1st year of employment: 10 days
    5th year of employment: 15 days

  • Holidays
     At least 19.5 paid holiday days per year

  • The holidays for the 2019-2020 fiscal year are as follows:

    • Independence Day-  Thursday, July 4, 2019

    • Labor Day- Monday, September 2, 2019

    • Week of Thanksgiving- Monday, November 24, 2019 to Friday, November 30, 2019

    • Christmas Break- Thursday, December 19, 2019 to Tuesday, December 31, 2019 (Dorms will re-open Sunday, January 5 for short course starting Monday, January 6. FHU will re-open on Thursday, January 2)

    • New Year's Day- Wednesday, January 1, 2020

    • Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday- Monday, January 20, 2020

    • Spring Break- Monday, March 22, 2020 to Friday, March 28, 2020

    • Memorial Day- Monday, May 25, 2020

  • Sick Leave
    Offered to all full-time staff and faculty members

  • Maternity Leave
    Up to 6 weeks of paid time off

  • Paternity Leave
    5 days of paid time off

  • Mission Leave
    5 days of paid time off to perform mission work

Extra benefits

  • Employee Educational Remission Program

    The employee and employee's spouse and dependents (until age 26) may receive at least 80% tuition remission for undergraduate classes and at least 40% remission for graduate classes. This is effective after employee's first full year of service.

  • FHU Prime Care Medical Center 
    On-site health clinic staffed by an FNP, RN, and two rotating Physicians. Open to FHU employees and their dependents on a walk-in or appointment basis.

  • Free access to the FHU Fitness Center, as well as a walking track and racquetball courts located in the Brewer Sports Center. 



  • Several businesses in Henderson and Jackson offer FHU employees special discounts.