Classified Benefits Overview

Use the navigation below for more information on classified salaried staff benefits. You may also view the classified salaried staff benefits fact sheet in PDF form.

Retirement Plans

Membership in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) is automatic for classified staff. VRS is a qualified 401(a) defined benefit plan which pays eligible members a lifetime benefit amount based on years of service, age and compensation. VRS members may also participate in the Virginia Deferred Compensation Plan.


The University will make payroll deductions for tax-deferred annuities to participating companies. Approved 403b providers are TIAA-CREF, AXA, Amerprise and VALIC. Fringe Benefits Management Company (FBMC), the third-party administrator, serves as compliance coordinator and routes contributions to the selected provider(s). The employee or the participating company pays an administrative fee.


Newly hired and re-hired state employees are eligible to enroll in the Commonwealth of Virginia 457 Deferred Compensation Plan with a minimum contribution of $10 per pay period. Employees may enroll online at; select Commonwealth of Virginia 457 Deferred Compensation Plan under the Defined Contribution Plans tab or enroll by phone by calling 1-VRS-DC-PLAN (1-877-327-5621), Option 1. The employee pays an annual administrative fee. VRS Plan 1 and Plan 2 members may be auto-enrolled in the 457 with a $20 per pay period employee contribution and receive an employer paid $10 per pay period cash match.


Eligible employees who make a contribution to a 403b tax deferred annuity or the 457 deferred compensation plan are eligible to participate in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Cash Match Plan. Employees must have an account with one of the approved plan providers in order to receive a cash match contribution. Employees will receive each pay period, the lesser of $20 or 50% of the employee’s contribution amount. Employees enrolled the VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan must make the maximum 4% voluntary contribution to the defined contribution component of the plan in order to receive a match on contributions to your employer 457 or 403(b) plans.


The Commonwealth of Virginia health benefits program offers the COVA Care, COVA HealthAware and COVA HDHP (High Deductible Health Plan) statewide to full-time employees, early retirees and certain family members. The Kaiser Permanente regional health maintenance organization is available to members in Northern Virginia only.


Enrolling in a health and/or dependent care flexible spending account (FSA) allows employees who are eligible health plan members to set aside part of their salary on a pre-tax basis each pay period to pay for certain out-of-pocket expenses. You can use a health FSA to pay for medical, dental and vision care expenses not covered by your health plan. A dependent care FSA can be used to reimburse eligible child care or dependent self-care expenses so that you and your spouse can work or actively look for work. 


The employee assistance program provided to health plan members offers up to four visits at no cost to you or members of your household for counseling in such areas as mental health, substance abuse, work and family issues, and financial or legal matters.


Upon employment, full-time classified employees automatically are enrolled in a group life insurance policy at no cost to the employee. This plan provides natural death, accidental death and dismemberment coverage. Coverage is the equivalent of two times the employee's annual salary for natural death and four times the employee's annual salary for accidental death.


State employees are eligible to apply for optional life insurance coverage to enroll themselves, spouse, and/or eligible children. The employee pays the premiums.


Members of the Virginia Sickness and Disability Program (VSDP) have long-term care insurance paid by the state through the Virginia Retirement System (VRS). The VRS also offers Voluntary Group Long Term Care Insurance available for purchase by eligible state employees, retirees and certain family members.


FBMC is a third party administrator of companies that participate in the Commonwealth’s voluntary payroll deduction program. These companies provide life, health, dental, cancer, disability, automobile, and home owners insurance; financial planning, etc.


Under the WC Act, medical bills and compensation for loss of pay are paid if injuries were received on the job or while on official University business. Accidents must be reported immediately to your supervisor.


Full and part-time employees of the University are eligible to register for one course (maximum 4 credit hours) of instruction (graduate or undergraduate) at Radford University each semester and/or summer session with the tuition and fees for the course waived. Application and registration for course work is subject to conditions involving eligibility and other participation requirements as stated in the Employee Tuition Waiver Policy [PDF].


Radford University observes an alternate holiday schedule with 12 paid holidays. 


All salaried University employees are eligible for free employee identification cards. Current ID cards allow an employee and his/her dependents access to University recreational facilities during evenings and weekends when school is in session; full use and borrowing privileges from McConnell Library; and admission to athletic events and cultural actives either free of charge or at a reduced rate.


Pay is directly deposited into an employee’s bank account on payday by electronic transfer from the State payroll bank account. Contact the Payroll Department at 540-831-7610 for more information.


Payline provides you with the access to view and print your pay stubs for each payday. You will be able to view current pay information at least 4 days prior to the payday. Sign up for Payline. 


The Virginia Credit Union is available to all state employees and offers a full line of services which include share draft accounts (checking), savings accounts, Quickline Audio Response, ATM cards, loans, revolving credit plan, share certificates of deposit and money market certificates. There is no membership fee and deposits are payroll deductible.


New employees earn 12 days of annual leave accumulated on a semi-monthly rate of 4 hours per pay period each calendar year. Leave must be earned before it is used and is not earned during any pay period in which employee in in a leave-without-pay status. Upon separation, employees are paid for any unused annual leave up to the maximum allowed.

Virginia Sickness and Disability Program (VSDP)

You are eligible for short and long term disability coverage 12 months from your original hire date. Once eligible and after a 7 calendar waiting period you may be eligible for 60% income replacement based on your pre-disability salary through your 60th month of service. For injuries or illnesses occurring after five years from your original employment date you may be eligible for income replacement beginning at 100% or your pre-disability salary reducing to 80% and 60% during the course of your disability based on your months of state service. If your disability continues beyond the expiration of your short-term disability benefits, you may be eligible for long-term disability coverage at a 60% income replacement level. VSDP benefits are described in the Virginia Sickness & Disability Program Handbook for Participants [PDF].

VSDP Sick Leave

New employees are granted 64 hours (8 days) of sick leave each year if hired between January 10 and July 9. New employees hired between July 10 and January 9 will be credited with 40 hours (5 days) of sick leave for the remainder of the year. Sick leave is credited each January 10 thereafter. You may use granted sick leave for absences due to illness, injury or for appointments with a physician. This leave does not carry forward into the next year nor is a payout made for any unused sick leave upon termination.

VSDP Family and Personal Leave (F&P)

New employees are granted 32 hours (4 days) of F&P Leave each year if hired between January 10 and July 9. New employees hired between July 10 and January 9 will be credited with 16 hours (2 days) of F&P Leave for the remainder of the year. F&P Leave is credited each January 10 thereafter. F&P Leave must be pre-approved by your supervisor and may be used for personal illness, family illness, bereavement or personal business. This leave does not carry forward into the next year nor is a payoff made for any unused leave upon termination.