Other Benefits


Grand Valley State University recognizes that faculty and staff choose to build their families in many ways. To support faculty and staff who are adopting, GVSU provides adoption resource information and financial reimbursement.

Eligibility Requirements All full time and part time faculty and staff are eligible for adoption benefits upon hire. If a faculty or staff member and their spouse both work at GVSU, only one member can utilize the benefit.

An eligible adopted child is defined as being under 18 years of age. Kinship adoptions qualify for this benefit, however stepparent adoptions do not qualify.

GVSU realizes the process of adopting a child can be very time-consuming and difficult. Therefore, faculty and staff members may be eligible to apply for the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or a personal leave of absence. Visit  the Human Resources website and click on policies for more information on FMLA.

Faculty and staff members are requested to provide their Appointing Officer with as much preliminary information on their request for time off as early as possible.

Qualifying Expenses
Qualifying adoption expenses will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $3,000 per child. Qualifying expenses are defined as those that are reasonable and necessary adoption fees, court costs, attorney fees, traveling expenses while away from home, and other expenses related to, and whose principal purpose is for, the legal adoption of a child.

Process for Applying for Benefits
Upon formal placement of the adopted child, submit an adoption assistance claim form to Human Resources at 1090 James H Zumberge Hall (JHZ) along with detailed receipts for eligible expenses.  Human Resources will determine eligible expenses, the amount payable for reimbursement and will submit a request to the Payroll Office for payment. The reimbursement will be processed with the next payroll.

Adding Dependent to Insurance
At the time of placement, you may add your child to your benefit plans. Any additions or changes must occur within 30 days of the official placement. Contact Human Resources at 331-2220 to add dependents.


Grand Valley State University holidays include:

Day before New Year's Day
New Year's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving Day
Day before Christmas Day
Christmas Day
Floating holidays during Holiday break

To View a calendar showing the specific dates of the Holidays for the current year, please visit the payroll site. 

Staff Privileges

Being a GVSU employee opens many doors for you.  Your Faculty/Staff ID card serves as your GVSU Library card as well as your pass to enjoy the recreation center on the Allendale Campus. Flash your ID card to any Grand Rapids Rapid Bus Driver and you receive a free ride on The Rapid.

Simply present your University identification to the list of businesses on our Discount Page at time of purchase and follow any special instructions provided by the business and receive the benefit of being a GVSU Employee. 

At the beginning of every academic year each Faculty/Staff member will be issued a FREE parking sticker which indicates which lot(s) they are able to park in. Once this sticker is obtained the parking is absolutely FREE. If you should join the university in the middle of the year you will be issued one then.

Social Security Coverage - The University contributes 6.2% of your social security while 6.2% is also deducted from your paycheck.  The 7.65% is the combined amount for FICA and MQFE taxes.

If you are a new hire and you would like to find out other resources check out our New Staff Orientation page.

Page last modified July 21, 2016