Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find information on employee benefits not listed on this web site?
As an employee of Grinnell College, you have exclusive opportunities and access to special programs that, although beneficial, are coordinated by departments other than HR, Compensation, and Benefits and Insurance. You may learn more about these "extras" by accessing the links/information below.
Bargaining unit employees may obtain a union-employee guide from the Facilities Management Office at641-269-3300.
Campus Parking - contact Campus Safety & Security at x4600
Family Medical Leave Act - contact the Office of Human Resources at x4818 or hr[at]grinnell[dot]edu
Shipping of personal mail and stamp purchases - contact Mail Services at x3421
Tuition Reimbursement Guidelines (under Educational Assistance) - contact Jim Mulholland, Compensation Director & Assistant Treasurer at x9600
Volunteer Initiatives Program - Contact the Office of Community Enhancement at 641-269-3900
I see information about the Tuition Remission benefit for dependents on this web site, but not Tuition Reimbursement. Where can I find out how to apply for educational assistance?
The tuition remission benefit, which is administered under Compensation, Benefits and Insurance, is often confused with tuition reimbursement, a program for employees who are enrolled in educational programs at approved colleges or universities other than Grinnell College. The Office of Human Resources coordinates and maintains the Tuition Reimbursement program. Click here for Tuition Reimbursement Guidelines from the Office of Human Resources.
I'm a faculty member about to go on sabbatical. Where can I access information about how a leave from the institution affects my benefits or insurance plans?
Refer to the Faculty Handbook, maintained by the Dean of the College Office, for more information on benefits and insurance during faculty sabbaticals and other leaves of absence.
For additional questions about Benefits and Insurance, contact: Jana Johnson, HR Generalist at 269-4822 / johnsonj[at]grinnell[dot]edu, Stacy Koehler, HR Generalist, at 269-4823 / koehlers[at]grinnell[dot]edu, or
Jim Mulholland, Assistant Treasurer 269-4830 / mulholla[at]grinnell[dot]edu
How do increases in benefits affect the overall budget?
The base budget covers increases (sometimes substantial ones) in the cost of health and dental insurance as well as the increased costs of TIAA-CREF to provide retirement benefits, FICA, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance which result from increased wages and salaries.
Where can I find more information about the Wellmark BluePrints for Health program?
Unemployment Compensation Insurance
The state of Iowa's unemployment compensation law requires that all employees are provided with unemployment compensation insurance coverage.
For more information on Unemployment Insurance visit: http://www.iowaworkforce.org/ui/
All employees are covered under the provisions of the federal social security law (FICA - Federal Insurance Contributions Act). FICA consists of two separate taxes that are withheld from your wages: Social Security, which pays for cash benefits to entitled beneficiaries, and Medicare, which pays for hospital benefits for people covered by Medicare when they become entitled. For more information visit www.ssa.gov