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Faculty & Staff Benefits Overview

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At Stanford, you matter as much as the work.

Our benefits and employee programs support your holistic well-being, purpose, and goals as you make a difference in our community and in the world.

Illustration of Our Well-Being including Physical Wellness, Emotional & Mental Health, Belonging & Community, Career Growth, Financial Health, Work & Life Integration, Workplace Experience.

Well-being is ...

  • Feeling comfortable, happy, healthy
  • Feeling safe to share ideas and feeling valued on the team
  • Being excited about work opportunities
  • Trusting people at work
  • Having flexibility that helps me balance work and life demands
  • Having access to finance and benefits education
  • Taking care of each other

Explore the benefits and employee programs that matter to you.

Physical Wellness: Build Healthy Habits

Emotional & Mental Health: Check in with Yourself

Stanford provides faculty and staff and their family members with access to a range of support, from counseling and discussion groups to guided help through everyday challenges and relationship issues. In addition to these programs, review what is covered as in-network care on the Medical Plan Comparison Tool.


Stanford Faculty Staff Help Center

The center provides professional, confidential short-term counseling services for you and your family, up to 10 sessions, based on need and an assessment on the first visit. FSHC is free to Stanford employees, retirees, and eligible dependents up to age 26. Employees living outside California can access similar services through SupportLinc. Read about these two employee assistance programs

Meru Health: Online, guided program

Meru Health is a 12-week online program that will help you take steps to improve your mental well-being, starting with a consultation with a licensed therapist or psychiatrist. The program is available for free to benefits-eligible employees and their adult dependents who are enrolled in a university medical plan, and is currently available to participants nationwide. Read more about accessing Meru Health

Brightline: Child and adolescent mental health support

Brightline is an in-network provider for young child and adolescent mental health support, available to you and your enrolled dependent children under 18 when you are enrolled in a Stanford medical plan. The program addresses anxiety, depression, behavior issues, ADHD, and other common conditions. Read more about Brightline

Stanford Red Folder: Supporting students in crisis or distress

Student Affairs provides guidance for everyone supporting student well-being at Stanford, through a website and a printed resource called the Red Folder. This resource also includes on-campus and off-campus crisis resources. View the Red Folder website

Belonging & Community: Build Meaningful Connections

Two Stanford staff hug with joy seeing each other again at the Welcome to Fall event

Career Growth: Forge Your Path

Financial Health: Plan and Secure Your Future

Stanford Contributory Retirement Plan (SCRP)

Save for the retirement you want to have through your own investment and a generous contribution from the university.  Maximize your retirement savings

Tuition Grant Program (TGP)

Stanford will pay for all or a portion of the cost of sending your children to college for four years to pursue an undergraduate degree.  Apply for TGP

Employee Financial Assistance

Through child care grants, adoption reimbursement, non-taxable emergency grants, and medical plan assistance, Stanford can help you meet financial demands that arise.  View eligibility and application details

Health Savings & Spending Accounts

Set aside money for care expenses before taxes are calculated on your salary with a health savings account (HSA) or health care flexible spending account (FSA), and dependent day care FSA.   Find the right account for you

Total Compensation Statement

A personalized online statement that summarizes the total value of your compensation, including health and retirement plans, tuition and training, paid time off, and other benefits.  View your Total Compensation Statement

Financial Workshops & Guidance

Are you new to Stanford's SCRP? Are you new to saving in general? Are you thinking about retiring... soon? Find one-on-one counseling, workshops, and webinars that can answer your questions.  Find financial guidance

Work & Life Integration: Balance Your Priorities


Workplace Experience: Thrive in Your Workspace

Stanford has re-imagined the way we work. Our workforce is more flexible and adaptable today than ever before.

Guide to Understanding Hybrid & Remote Work Arrangements

Our Flexible Work policies, shaped by iteration and experimentation, are designed to support both employee and organizational needs.
View Flexible Work Arrangements & Policies on Cardinal at Work

University IT: Work Anywhere Guide

Your guide to technology resources, services, and equipment that enable the success of Stanford’s distributed workforce — no matter where your “office” may be. Learn more on the UIT website

Transportation: Free Transit and Commuter Benefits

You may be eligible for a Caltrain Go Pass, VTA SmartPass, an AC Transit Easy Pass and other free or discounted commuter benefits. Read more on Stanford Transportation.

Stanford Travel Program

Traveling to the university? The Stanford Travel booking channels help you make your arrangements and simplify the expense reimbursement process. Read more on Fingate, Stanford's gateway to financial activities