Human Resources and Payroll




Welcome to the Benefits homepage! Please refer to the links on the left side or the tabs above to discover more about all of the benefits provided to employees at George Mason University.

If you have any questions, would like more specific information about employee benefits, or would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your benefits in greater detail, please call (703) 993-2600 and ask to speak to a member of our Benefits Team.

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Posted May 2 2016

Health and Flex Open Enrollment Drop In Sessions Scheduled

The Benefits Team will be holding Health and Flex Open Enrollment drop-in sessions on all three campuses:

Arlington Campus
Wednesday, May 11, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Founders 210

Fairfax Campus
Thursday, May 12, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Merten 4102
Monday, May 16, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Merten 4102

SciTech Campus
Thursday, May 19, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Bull Run Hall 247

You may also email the Benefits team with your questions at

Posted April 28 2016

Health and Flex Open Enrollment Information

Open Enrollment for health benefits and flexible spending accounts (FSAs) runs from May 1 - May 23, 2016. During this time, you may enroll in a health plan and/or FSA, change your health plan, add or remove family members or waive state health coverage. Any changes made to either health benefits or FSAs are effective July 1, 2016. First payroll deductions are made on July 15, 2016 (semi-monthly) and July 15, 2016 (bi-weekly).

Please review all of the open enrollment information carefully. If you are not changing health insurance, no need to make any changes but remember you must re-enroll each year in your flexible spending account(s); they do not automatically renew.

For more information, please see the DHRM open enrollment website. We encourage the use of EmployeeDirect (eDirect) to make open enrollment choices. A helpful information flyer on eDirect is available. For additional information on the log-in process, please go to EmployeeDirect and click on the FAQs or “Getting Started.” If you are using eDirect for the first time, you will be asked for your State ID number. If you have COVA Care or COVA HDHP, your state ID number is the number on your health insurance card (minus the letters). If you have COVA HealthAware, take off the first two zeroes. If you have Kaiser Permanente, please contact the Benefits team at for assistance.

Please plan accordingly, EmployeDirect can become very slow near the end of open enrollment. Make your changes early!

Posted February 10 2016

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Taxes

The Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) has sent out guidance on the Form 1095C which provides information regarding health coverage for faculty/staff and their dependents as required by the ACA. DHRM will be sending out Form 1095C to faculty and staff in the state health plan beginning on March 1. You do not need the form to file your taxes. For additional information, please visit Form 1095C Information. If you have any questions, please contact the Benefits Team at

Posted October 29 2015

IRS Limits for 2016

The IRS announced cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) affecting the dollar limits for pension plans and other retirement-related items for the 2016 tax year. There is no change from 2015. Participants under age 50 can contribute up to $18,000 in the Supplemental Retirement Plan (403(b)) program and the Virginia Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP) (457). Participants age 50 and over can contribute $24,000 in each plan. If you wish to change your 403(b) contribution, please complete a 403(b) salary reduction agreement and return to Benefits at MS 3C3. If you wish to change your 457 contribution, please call ICMA-RC at 1-VRS-DC-PLAN1 (1-877-327-5261), or log into your account at
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Human Resources and Payroll Benefits Disclaimer

Disclaimer: The Commonwealth of Virginia and George Mason University reserve the right to terminate, suspend, withdraw, amend or modify the benefits plan in whole or in part at any time. Further, The Commonwealth and the University reserve the right to terminate or modify coverage for any group of employees, active or retired and their dependents or a class of dependents at any time.