Becoming a Parent

When you become a parent — through birth or through adoption — you should notify the Benefits Section of Human Resources immediately to report the change in status and request any appropriate forms. To enroll your new child for benefits coverage, complete and return the appropriate forms to the Benefits Section of Human Resources within 30 calendar days of the birth or adoption, which is considered a qualified change in status. You may be required to provide a birth certificate or adoption papers.

You may want to choose a pediatrician for your child and contact Social Security to request a Social Security number for your child.

If you or a dependent needs personal help, you may contact the Faculty/Staff Assistance Office for confidential counseling and referral services.

Here is a summary of the impact on your benefits should you become a parent.

Health Plan and Dental Health Plan

  • If you or your covered spouse is pregnant (or adopting a child), contact your medical plan within the first three months of pregnancy to be sure you receive the maximum benefits available for maternity care.
  • Know your plan provisions about notifying your plan when you have a maternity admission to a hospital.
  • If your child will be covered under your Boston University plans, enroll him or her within 30 days of the date of birth or adoption.

Long-Term Disability Plan

  • Coverage continues with no change.

Basic Life Insurance Plan

  • Review and update your beneficiary designation(s).

Group Supplemental Life Insurance Plan

  • If your children are between 15 days old and age 19, they are eligible for coverage in amounts of $5,000 or $10,000 per child.

Travel Accident Insurance Plan

  • Review and update your beneficiary designation(s).

Personal and Family Accident Insurance Plan

  • Consider purchasing or increasing coverage for yourself and/or your eligible family members within 30 days of the birth or adoption of your child.

Supplemental Retirement & Savings Plan

  • Consider joining or increasing your participation in the Supplemental Retirement & Savings Plan.

Flexible Spending Account – Dependent Care and Flexible Spending Account – Health Care

  • You may begin or increase your participation for the year within 30 days of your child’s arrival.

Tuition Remission Program

  • Once you have completed four months of eligible service, your unmarried dependent children, with certain age limits, may receive 50% Tuition Remission for courses taken at Boston University.
  • If you were hired before January 1, 1995, they may receive 100% Tuition Remission for courses taken after you have completed 16 months of eligible service.
  • If you were hired on or after January 1, 1995, they may receive 90% Tuition Remission for courses taken after you have completed 16 months of eligible service.

Boston University Children’s Center and Early Childhood Learning Lab

  • The Children’s Center is an early childhood educational program for children ages two through five.
  • The Early Childhood Learning Lab enrolls children ages 2 years 9 months through five years old and is a lab school program affiliated with the School of Education.
  • Please contact each program directly for enrollment information and eligibility.
  • You may also contact Family Resources for child care resource and referral information.

Metro Credit Union