New To Benefits


The Dartmouth community includes faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds, with a variety of needs and interests. So, our Human Resources team works to provide inclusive, competitive, and flexible benefits options that offer something for everyone, along with the tools and resources you need to make the best decisions for both your personal needs and budget.

New Employee Orientation (NEO)

You will receive an email inviting you to attend Dartmouth’s New Employee Orientation (NEO) program within your first 30 days of benefits eligibility. NEO information can be viewed live over Zoom at a specified time, where you can ask questions of the presenter, or by watching a series of video on-demand presentations. It’s important that you participate! If you have not yet received this email, please contact Human Resources at 603-646-3411 or at  


FlexOnline is the name of Dartmouth's Online benefits enrollment system where you will enroll in benefits and will make changes to benefits each year during the annual open enrollment period.

To access FlexOnline you will click on the ACCESS YOUR FLEXONLINE BENEFITS HERE icon, located in the left hand column of this screen.  You will find this icon throughout the Benefits website.  You will then use your single sign on NetID and password to log in.

Learn about each Benefit

It is important that you take some time to learn about each of the benefits offered by Dartmouth. We have created a number of tools to help you find information and learn about each benefit.

Video Library - Coming Soon

2024 Benefits Guide-The 2024 Benefits Guide is designed to provide a full overview of all benefits available to you, based on your employment category.

2024 Benefits Website-For more detailed information about each available benefit offered, how the benefit works and other important information, here.

2024 Wellness Benefits-As a new benefits eligible employee, you need to elect a wellness benefit in FlexOnline within 30 days of becoming eligible. View your wellness benefit options

Enrolling in Benefits

You will have thirty (30) days from the date that you become benefits eligible, to make your benefit elections in the FlexOnline benefit enrollment system.  Otherwise, you will be automatically enrolled into Dartmouth's Cigna Choice Fund medical plan with employee only coverage and other basic benefits as defined by your employment category.  You will be responsible for the cost of this medical plan for the remainder of the calendar year.

Even if you do not want medical coverage through Dartmouth, you must actively log into FlexOnline and WAIVE medical coverage within the specified 30 day enrollment window.

Hired October through December- If you are hired or become benefits eligible between October 1st and December 31st, you will need to complete two enrollments.  One as a new hire for benefits in 2024 and another for open enrollment and benefits in 2025 .  Once you complete your new hire enrollment window, you will then be prompted to then complete your 2024 Open Enrollment window. It is important that you complete BOTH enrollments.


Who is Eligible

  • Employees who are regularly scheduled to work at least half of the normal full schedule, at least nine months each year.
  • Regular Benefits Eligible employees working less than full time receive pro-rated benefits according to their percentage of working full-time.
  • Temporary employees and regular employees working less than half time are not eligible for benefits.

The amount that you pay in premiums is affected by the number of hours you work as well as the amount of annual salary received. This is important to know when you are considering a change in hours or full time equivalency (FTE).  If you have a change in your assignment, please check with your Supervisor or reach out to the Benefits Office to see if your benefits will be impacted.

When Benefits Begin

Benefits start on your date of hire, or date of mid-year qualifying life status event. If you incur expenses prior to enrolling, simply ask your provider to have the bill mailed to you, and once the card is received call the providers office with your ID card information and ask them to resubmit the claim.

Plan Year

Dartmouth's benefits run on a calendar plan year, from January 1st through December 31st. Some benefits are prorated based on your start date or benefits eligibility date.

Benefit Categories

Your employment category determines what benefits you are eligible for. Contact your Supervisor if you are unsure of which category you fall in to.  Be sure to check medical rates and benefit eligibility any time you change benefit categories.

  • Exempt – Includes Faculty (visiting or tenure track), Research Staff (Research Associate C, Research Scientist, Research Analyst and Research Engineers) and Exempt Staff (salaried staff). These employees are exempt from over-time pay, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Non-Exempt – Refers to employees who are paid by the hour and are not exempt from over-time pay, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. This includes Non-Exempt Staff, Non Union Service Staff and IATSE union members. This does not include SEIU union members.
  • SEIU – Refers to Dartmouth employees who are members of the Service Employees International Union. SEIU members are paid by the hour and are not exempt from over-time pay, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Research Associate B (RAB) – Refers to grant or Dartmouth-funded employees (other than those on certain kinds of training grants) with an appointment of greater than nine (9) months and less than three (3) years. RAB's are exempt from over-time pay according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Research Fellow – A post-doctoral trainee on a NRSA or T32 training grant with an appointment of at least nine (9) months and less than three (3) years. Research Fellows are exempt from over-time pay, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. These employees are paid with non-taxable wages.

Cost of Benefits

Monthly Premiums

Use the Benefits Cost Estimator tool, at any time, to determine your 2024 medical, dental, life insurance and long term disability plan rates.  You can also find vision rates and rates for the three voluntary benfefit offerings. You will need to know your annual base salary and FTE to use the calculator.  This information can typically be found on your original offer letter.  You can also ask the Benefits Office for your FTE and Employment Category.

Cost Estimator Tool:

Price a Medication

To determine the monthly (or 90 day supply) cost of your medications, Express Scripts has provided a "Price a Medication" tool at Here, you can find out how much a medication would cost under each medical plan.

Choosing a Medical Plan

ask Emma is a decision making tool, found within the FlexOnline benefit enrollment system.  By entering information about your family's anticipated medical servicecs during the year, ask Emma will make a medical plan recommendation for you, ranking each plan from least to most cost effective.  Feel free to try out different scenarios when using the ask Emma tool.  To use ask Emma, simply click on the "Start with Audio" button, when prompted in FlexOnline.

Dependents & Event Verification

Who can you cover on your benefit plans?

You can cover your legal spouse, children (ages 0-25) and any children for whom you are the legal guardian. These dependents can be covered under your medical, dental, vision, dependent life and voluntary benefit plans.

Dependent Verification

When adding dependents to your medical and dental insurance plans, you will be required to upload verification of dependents. This may include copies of a birth certificate for dependent children and a marriage license when adding spouses.

Event Verification

When making changes to your benefits during the middle of a plan year due to a qualified life event, you may be required to upload proof of the event. Foreign documents must be translated and notorized.

If you are unsure of your event date, or if you are having trouble obtaining your documents, please make sure that you reach out to the Benefits Office a soon as possible.

Making Changes to your Plan(s)

Once you have made your annual enrollment, whether as a new hire, or during open enrollment, you may not make changes to most of your benefits until the following plan year. The exception to this, is when you have a qualifying life status change. This can be a marriage, a divorce, a birth or adoption of a child, or any time you or a dependent loses or gains coverage. A spouse's open enrollment period is also considered a qualifying life status change. It is important to know that you must complete a life status change event through the FlexOnline system no more than 30 days after the date of the event.  For more information, please visit our "Life Event Changes" website.


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