Full-Time Staff Benefits

Medical Insurance: Eligible as of hire date. Full-time staff are eligible for individual or family coverage, participating in Oakton's self-insurance, HMO Illinois, or BlueAdvantage health plans. The employee share of premium cost is eligible for tax sheltering under IRS Section 125.

Dental Insurance: Eligible as of hire date. Full-time staff are eligible for either individual or family coverage in Oakton's dental insurance. All premiums are tax sheltered under IRS Section 125.

Flexible Spending Account: Full-time staff employees may set aside pre-tax dollars for reimbursement of eligible health care and dependent care expenses, pursuant to IRS Section 125 regulations.

Term Life Insurance: One and one-half times annual salary rounded up to the next thousand dollars. Optional and dependent life insurance is available and is paid by the employee.

Tuition Waivers:The College will waive tuition for an unlimited number of Oakton credit-courses for employees, their spouse and children.

Tuition Reimbursement: Reimbursement for course tuition at other educational institutions is available according to contracted amounts.

Retirement:Full-time staff are required by state law to join the State Universities Retirement System (SURS). Employees contribute eight and one half percent of gross pay to SURS. Full-time staff vest their retirement account after five full years’ credited service. In the event of separation from employment before vesting, the employee contributions may be withdrawn.

Deferred Compensation Plans: The College offers 403(b) and 457 tax-deferred annuity plans.

Observed Paid Holidays:


  • Labor Day (First Monday in September)
  • Veteran's Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving (the Fourth Thursday-Friday in November)
  • the day of Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Eve
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King's Birthday (Third Monday in January)
  • President's Day (Third Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)


Sick Days: Full-time staff receive 15 sick days per year. Up to three of these days may be used for personal business.

Vacation: Non-exempt staff initially earn 10 vacation days per year; exempt staff initially earn 15 vacation days per year. Additional days are earned after five years of service. The maximum annual accrual for non-exempt staff is 19 days per year and for exempt staff 20 days per year.

Four-Day Summer Work Week: The College adopts a four-day summer work week (dates vary each year).

Early Childhood Centers:  Discounted rate for employees.  Click here to find out more about tuition rates.