Managing Benefits

North Country Community College offers a highly competitive benefit package for our employees.

Benefit News

Per IRS Publication 969, the dollar limitation on employee salary reduction contributions to a health flexible spending account in 2019 is $2,700.

Pension Benefits

Full-time employees are required to join a retirement system within 30 days of their appointment/hire date. Eligibility for a retirement system depends on a variety of factors. Once your election is made, you will generally not be allowed to change retirement systems unless you have a change in your employment title making you eligible for a different retirement system for the first time and you opt to change to that system within 30 days of your eligible appointment.

The New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System (ERS)

• defined benefit plan

benefits based upon years of service, final average salary, and age at the time of retirement

ERS Membership Application

New York State Teachers' Retirement System (TRS)

• defined benefit plan

benefits based upon years of service, final average salary, and age at the time of retirement

TRS Membership Application

SUNY Optional Retirement Program (ORP)

• defined contribution plan

• benefits based on success of investments from one or more of the currently authorized investment providers for the SUNY ORP, including Fidelity, TIAA-CREF, VOYA, and AIG.

Voluntary Savings Plans

There are two different types of voluntary savings plans available to employees, each type being authorized under a different section of IRS Code.

Universal Availability Notice

Tax-Defered Annuity Program, 403(b)

A Salary Reduction Agreement authorizes changes to the amount of your contributions under a 403(b) plan

NYS Deferred Compensation Plan 457(b)

Medical Insurance

The College offers eligible employees two types of health insurance plans:  a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) through the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) Empire Plan and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) through NYSHIP.

NYSHIP Transaction Form

CHIP Notice

Marketplace Coverage Options

Dental Insurance

A comprehensive dental plan is offered to eligible employees.  Coverage is provided on a 3-tier services basis:  preventive services, basic services, major services.

Dental Enrollment and Change Form

Dental Claims Form

Flexible Spending Plan

In accordance with Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code, NCCC offers a flexible spending plan for unreimbursed health care expenses and dependent care reimbursement with pre-tax dollars.  This benefit must be renewed annually during open enrollment.

FSA Enrollment Kit Including Enrollment Form

FSA Enrollment Form Only

Health Care Expenses Reimbursement Request Form

Dependent Care Expenses Reimbursement Form

Group Term Life Insurance

Various levels of coverage are available for full-time employees ranging from $25,000 through $125,000 policies.  This benefit ceases at separation of employment.

Under federal guidelines, the value of group term life insurance in excess of $50,000, referred to as imputed income, is taxable income and, as such, is reported annually on your W2.  While the value is subject to federal, state and FICA taxes (Social Security/Medicare taxes), the College is only required to withhold FICA taxes.

Long Term Disability

The long-term disability plan provides financial protection for eligible employees, who become disabled due to a non work-related illness or injury, by paying a portion of your income while you are disabled.  Benefits begin 26 weeks after you first become disabled.  If approved, the Plan will pay a basic monthly income benefit equal to 60% of qualified monthly earnings up to a maximum benefit of $5,000 per month.  Certain other incomes (i.e. Social Security Disability Benefits) are deducted from this payment.  The Plan also provides for a monthly annuity premium benefit.

LTD Enrollment Form

Employee Assistance Program

NCCC offers confidential, short-term counseling services through an Employee Assistance Program to eligible employees at no cost.

NYS College Savings Program

Post-tax dollars can be invested into New York's 529 College Savings Program to set aside money for qualified higher-education expenses, such as tuition, certain room and board costs, books, and fees. Eligible employees can enroll in the plan at any time. Contributions will not be reflected on your W-2 Wage and Tax Statement. However, tax deductions may be reflected when you file your New York State tax returns. Additional information can be found by clicking here.

Tuition Assistance

The College will allow eligible full-time employees and certain family members free or discounted tuition for courses taken at NCCC.

Eligible employees will be considered for tuition assistance, based on funding and discretion of Administration, at SUNY state-operated campuses.

Discounted Gym Membership

NCCC has partnered with Salon Mirage in Saranac Lake to offer employees a corporate discount for group membership.  A gym key card can be purchased to give employees 24-hour access to the gym.  Joining the gym also results in complimentary exercise and yoga classes, a free orientation with a personal trainer and 10% savings for services at the Salon.

SUNY Employee Discounts Program

Various discount and savings programs are offered to eligible employees from a wide variety of merchants, vendors, and providers. Click here for more information.