Additional Employee Benefits


The fee waiver program provides an opportunity for eligible employees to take courses at a CSU campus for career development; to attain a credential, undergraduate or graduate degree to enhance current job-related skills.

Job-Related Training: A job-related course is taken for the purpose of improving

  • The level of skill needed to perform existing duties and responsibilities or
  • Acquiring additional skills needed to perform new assigned duties and responsibilities.

If you are interested in a job-related course, please contact our Benefits office to initiate your job-related admissions application.

Find more information about the Tuition/Fee Waiver program here: 



Commuter Check

Commuter Check is a benefit available to SF State employees that allows employees to set aside tax-free money to pay for their commuting expenses, and can be used for mass transit:

  • The benefit works by allowing employees to deduct up to $300 pretax dollars from monthly paycheck to use during daily commute to and from work when using public transportation. 
  • The money can be redeemed straight to a Clipper Card or a Commuter Check prepaid MasterCard that can be used to purchase or pay for usual transit pass.
How do I sign up?

Please visit the Parking & Transportation Commuter Check page to get more information.


Campus Parking: Pre-Tax Parking Deduction Plan

Employees may enroll in the Pre-Tax Parking Plan by contacting Parking and Transportation at or by phoning 415.338.1441. Once enrolled in the plan, the payment is automatically deducted from the employee paycheck prior to federal, state, Social Security, and Medicare taxes being calculated.

To cancel the pre-tax parking deduction, fill out the Pre-Tax Parking Deduction Election Authorization.

For More Parking & Transportation Options - Parking & Transportation Employee Programs 



Childcare available at the Children’s Campus at SF State

The Children’s Campus mission is to provide on-site high-quality early care and education for infants, toddlers, and preschool children of SF State employees and the community while providing work, observation, and internship opportunities for SF State students from a variety of disciplines. Children's Campus is staffed with highly qualified early childhood professionals and is supported by an Advisory Council of parents, faculty, and staff. We offer priority enrollment for children of SF State faculty and staff. Community families are also welcome. We serve children from 6 months to 5 years of age with year-round care Monday- Friday, 8:00am-5:15pm. Visit us on campus at the corner of North State Drive and Lake Merced Blvd (Campus Map)

An extra benefit for your family: Children’s Campus is eligible for the university's Dependent Care Reimbursement Program through which employees may allocate up to $5,000 per year pre-tax for child care.

Children's Campus is currently open for enrollment for children eligible for the Toddler or Preschool Programs. If you are interested in placing your child on our waitlist, please email for more information.



You’re eligible for preferred pricing on America’s #1 pet insurance. SFSU account number (under "CSU") #9054 (for using the payroll deduction option) and #N11564 (for a non-payroll deduction, but still with discount).




Patelco Credit Union 

Learn how Savings Plus helps you better prepare for retirement. Come to a workshop that explains the many benefits of preparing for retirement through Savings Plus. We will cover these topics:

  • Why you may need more for retirement than a pension
  • Why you should enroll in Savings Plus
  • How Savings Plus makes tax-advantaged saving easy
  • How to invest for retirement through Savings Plus
  • How to make Savings Plus your one resource through retirement

“As a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative, Patelco is passionate about helping members achieve lifelong financial well-being. Learn and hear more details about your Patelco Credit Union benefit from your dedicated Partner Manager, Peggy Wyman or contact her directly at You can also contact the Patelco Employer Partner Team at

Unlike a traditional EAP Program, Patelco offers unlimited and focused financial wellness support that includes direct referrals to financial experts, counselors and services. Our focus is to help our partner companies and their employees achieve financial empowerment at all stages of their lives. To inquire about products, apply for membership or loans, or be connected with our complimentary financial counselors, meet with a Patelco representative at our virtual branch: Meet Now. “


    Golden State Scholar Share College Savings Trust

    Employees may save money for college expenses by participating in the Golden State ScholarShare Program, California's 529 college savings trust. The money goes into the account after taxes, but the interest accrued is not taxed, either on the federal or state level, if withdrawn for college expenses.

    Employees can open an account online. There is no open enrollment period. Payroll deductions can be set up, or the employee can have the money automatically deducted from a checking account. Start Saving here: 



    We understand everyone has different needs and that your retirement plan is part of your
    current financial situation. Our goal is to help you increase your financial knowledge and confidence. You have the opportunity to meet with a Fidelity representative, attend a webinar, or participate in a quick Q&A session:  CSU Fidelity website

    Fidelity offers Zoom webinars on various topics. Sign up for one here:… 



    Critical Illness

    The CSU provides eligible employees and their families the opportunity to purchase Critical Illness Insurance. Critical Illness Insurance is an affordable way to make up the difference between what your medical insurance covers and what you'd owe out of pocket if you or a family member were to be diagnosed with a covered critical illness.

    You may be eligible to purchase coverage between $5,000 and $50,000 in $5,000 increments for yourself and up to $30,000 for your spouse. Your kids are automatically covered at 50 percent of the amount elected for yourself. Kids are also covered for 21 additional childhood diseases, including cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and cerebral palsy. Your rates will not increase as you grow older - meaning you'll have the same monthly payment for as long as you have your coverage.

    For answers to commonly asked questions, costs, exclusions, and limitations, please review the Critical Illness Insurance Brochure.


    Accident Insurance

    The CSU provides eligible employees the opportunity to apply for Accident insurance for themselves and their families at very competitive group rates. Accident Insurance helps protect your bank account from the out of pocket expenses that come with an injury – whether you're coping with a broker arm or recovering from a serious car accident.

    In the event of a covered accident, your Accident insurance will pay a benefit directly to you. Benefits are based on the injuries you sustain and the treatments you receive.

    For answers to commonly asked questions, costs, exclusions, and limitations, please review the Accident Insurance Brochure.


    Voluntary Life Insurance

    Recognizing that individuals have different financial needs, The CSU provides eligible employees the opportunity to apply for Voluntary Life insurance for themselves and their families at competitive group rates. This is in addition to any employer-paid Basic Life insurance already in force.

    Some features of your Voluntary Life insurance coverage include:

    You may be eligible to purchase up to $1.5 million of Voluntary Life insurance for yourself, up to $750,000 for your spouse/domestic partner and/or $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000 for your children.

    You can use the Needs Estimator to estimate how much Voluntary Life insurance you should have. Once you know how much Voluntary Life insurance you should have, find out how much it will cost by using the Premium Calculator.

    For answers to commonly asked questions, costs, exclusions, limitations and reductions, please review the Voluntary Life Insurance Brochure and Certificate.


    Voluntary Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance

    California State University recognizes that individuals have different needs and has provided eligible employees the opportunity to apply for the right amount of protection for you and your family at very competitive group rates. Voluntary Accidental Death and Dismemberment covers you or your beneficiaries, in the event of death or dismemberment as a result of a covered accident.

    For answers to commonly asked questions, costs, exclusions, limitations and reductions, please review the Voluntary Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance Booklet.

    Learn more about your Life, AD&D, Disability, Critical Illness and Accident insurance coverage opportunities by selecting the coverage option that is suitable for you.


    Voluntary Long-Term Disability Insurance

    The CSU provides eligible employees the opportunity to purchase Voluntary Long Term Disability (LTD) insurance. LTD insurance is designed to pay a monthly benefit to you in the event you cannot work for an extended period of time because of a covered illness or injury. This LTD benefit replaces a portion of your income, helping you to meet your financial commitments in a time of need.  This plan offers you the option to select a Benefit Waiting Period and your Benefit Amount.

    • Benefit Waiting Period - Choose either 30 or 90 days
    • Benefit Amount - Choose increments of $100 from $500 to a maximum of $7,500 (not to exceed 60% of your pre-disability earnings)

    If your LTD claim is approved by The Standard, LTD benefits become payable at the end of the benefit waiting period. No benefits are payable during the benefit waiting period. For answers to commonly asked questions, exclusions, limitations and reductions, please review the Voluntary Long-Term Disability Insurance Brochure.  Additional Information on all Standard voluntary options - Voluntary Coverage



    CalPERS Long-Term Care

    Long-term care (LTC) coverage helps pay for the high cost of care when you need assistance with the activities of daily living. CalPERS LTC is an optional, employee-paid benefit available to all current and former members (including retirees) and their eligible family members, including:

    • Children and siblings between the ages of 18 and 79
    • Parents
    • Parents-in-law
    • Spouses
    • And many additional relatives

    Visit the CalPERS LTC website to:

    • Apply*
    • Customize a plan and get a quote
    • Learn about the cost of care
    • Log in to or register your account

    *Eligible family members can apply for CalPERS LTC, even if the active member or retiree does not have coverage.


    California Casualty's A+ Auto and Home Insurance Plus

    Group rates for automobile, home, boat, and other insurances are available from California Casualty's A+ Auto and Home Insurance Company.

    Call 1-877-411-1422 for more information on this voluntary insurance or check their website here (link)



    The Standard

    The CSU offers eligible employees the opportunity to apply for Voluntary Life, Voluntary AD&D, Voluntary Long Term Disability, Critical Illness (CI) and Accident Insurance (AI).