Faculty and Staff are a vital part of our institution and the administration of the university Benefit Program strives to meet the changing need of a diverse workforce. Our goal is to offer the best benefits possible at the lowest cost, while providing a quality support service. Adams State offers a well-balanced benefit program designed to provide protection against financial hazards due to sickness and injury.

For convenience, you are provided with a brief information overview of each benefit program. More detail information is available in the Human Resources Office located in Richardson Hall, Suite 1-400.

Adams State University Employee Benefits

Exempt Employees

Classified Employees

Benefits for All Employees


Adams State University provides an attractive Retirement Program to Faculty, Administrative exempt and Classified employees. The Department of Human Resources serves as your campus liaison with the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) and the three investment companies: TIAA-CREF, Valic, and Fidelity, which compose the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) for Faculty and Administrative exempt employees.

Classified staff must enroll in PERA within the first 30 days of employment. Faculty and Administrative employees who have at least one year of PERA eligible employment may enroll in PERA or select from one of the Optional Retirement Programs.

For more detailed information regarding Retirement Programs offered through Adams State University you may visit the Human Resources Department or consult the particular web site concerning your retirement program participation.

Supplemental Retirement

PERA 401(k) and 457  

  • Enrollment in PERAPLUS 401(k) and 457 voluntary retirement savings plans is available at any time. Both plans offer the same PERA advantage investment options and Voya Financial is the record-keeper for both plans.

Voluntary 403(b)

You may contribute to a voluntary 403(b) supplemental retirement account.

Salary Reduction Agreement Form 403(b) (PDF)

Fund Sponsors include:

To set up an account please contact Human Resources.