Benefits and perks

Benefits and perks

Enjoy the full range of employee perks – from excellent health and retirement plans, to free and reduced-rate tuition, to WolfCard discounts and tax-free computers, books, and more.

Employee benefits


Benefits at a glance

The University of Nevada, Reno offers attractive and highly customizable health insurance plans to meet your and your family's needs. We also offer highly competitive retirement plans with uncommonly generous employee-employer contribution rates. Please note that health, retirement, and other benefits vary by employee type. Please select your employee type below to view a summary of the benefits you're entitled to as an employee.

Academic and Administrative Faculty | Classified Employees | Letter of Appointment | Postdoctoral Fellows

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The University has a partnership with Mountain EAP to support employees (and eligible dependents) through life's difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues, such as depression, anxiety, parenting issues, or conflicts at work or home. Services are available to employees and their eligible dependents.  Eligible individuals may receive up to three free sessions per year (you may continue on insurance benefits if you wish).  Classified employees are eligible to use Administrative Leave for two one-hour visits.  Counseling and Advising services are strictly and legally confidential.

Employee Assistance Program


To help you navigate your work-life needs, the University of Nevada, Reno offers leave to assist you with personal or family illness and other life events. Human Resources is available to guide you through your leave events and transitions back to the workplace. To learn more about leave with and without pay (by employee type), please visit our leave program page.

Additional types of leave offered:

  • Bereavement
  • Civil and Judicial Leave
  • Military Leave
  • Academic Faculty Sabbatical Leave
  • Faculty Child-Rearing Leave
  • Family Leave Medical Act (FMLA)
  • Classified Catastrophic Leave

Leave Program

Time off

At the University of Nevada, Reno, we encourage taking time off when sick, taking care of sick family, or in need of a vacation. Leave varies by employee type, however. Learn how much paid time off we offer employees in your role, and read out policies on accrual carryover/forfeiture/payout at separation for sick time/family sick time and annual leave.

Time Off Program

Perks of employment

Grants-in-aid for eligible employees and family members

The University of Nevada, Reno provides its staff and faculty, as well as eligible family members, access to reduced-rate educational opportunities. Benefits vary by employee type. The Grant-in-Aid Application Form needs to be submitted for Departmental and HR approval on a per-semester basis. For both undergraduate and graduate student Grants-in-Aid waiver rates and insurance costs, please see our Student Grants-in-Aid page.

Educational benefits

Interest-free computer loans

Need a new personal computer? Enjoy one free loan per year from NSHE Payroll Services! You may borrow up to $2,000 and pay it off monthly through payroll deductions. Loans are subject to the availability of funds and are available to faculty and classified employees who have worked in a permanent position for the university for one year with an FTE of at least half-time.

Employee Computer Loan Program

Tax-free computers, books, and more – Plus 10% off!

The Nevada Wolf Shop offers both Apple and Windows computers, as well as books, clothing, cosmetics, and Wolf Pack merchandise. As the University of Nevada, Reno is a not-for-profit institution, the Nevada Wolf Shop is entirely tax-free.

Loyalty Program

Any shopper can sign up to be a part of the Nevada Wolf Shop loyalty program to receive 10% off all purchases, every time. You can enroll online or at the cash register any time. Your phone number will be used as your member id.

Join Wolf Shop Loyalty Program

Sales and special events

The Nevada Wolf Shop also occasionally offers Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day, allowing faculty and staff to get 25% off all purchases. Keep an eye out for these opportunities on the Wolf Shop Events Calendar.

Wolf Shop Events Calendar

WolfCard discounts

Reno is proud to be a University town! Many local businesses offer discounts to WolfCard holders – see the list of participating businesses.

Pack Friendly Businesses

On-campus passport service in the Wolf Shop

Employees, their families and the public can get passports on campus in the  Wolf Shop, located on the first floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union. No appointment necessary; walk-in hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The cost of getting your passport here is the same as it would be at the Post Office, but every penny of the execution fees goes back to student-run organizations.


Free Online Subscription to The New York Times

University students, staff, and faculty have free access to the New York Times online! Access includes The New York Times onlineThe New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times in Education. Visit the Library Research Guides page below to activate your account and start reading.

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