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Welcome to the employee benefits portion of NOVA's website. In this section you can locate benefits information by type. Benefits are an integral part of an employee’s compensation package and Human Resources is eager to assist our employees with understanding their benefits. NOVA employees can also find benefits information on the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) website and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) website.

NOVA Employee Classifications:

  • Administrative/Professional Faculty
  • Teaching Faculty
  • Classified (P-3)
  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Hourly (P-14)

Please contact Human Resources at Benefits@nvcc.edu if you have any questions about your benefits.

Commuter Choice

The Commuter Choice program provides monies (tax free) to full-time salaried state employees for commuting costs. At this time, the College is authorized to provide a maximum of $265 per month towards commuting costs to and from work.

Employee Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full-time and/or Part-time, salaried employees
  • Using VRE, Amtrak, or MARC transit or Registered SmarTrip card (must be in the employee’s name)
  • Must turn in any existing parking permits
  • Must not be on extended leave
Employees can enroll in the Commuter Choice program at any time. Initial enrollment forms must be received prior to the 15th of the month for participation the following month. Forms received after the15th but before the end of the month will still be eligible for participation the following month; however benefits for the first month will be made available via check reimbursement (must submit receipt(s) for paid fares). Benefits following the first month will then be transferred to the SmarTrip card thereafter.


Employee submits form on September 14th. Benefits should become available on the SmarTrip card on October 1st.

Employee submits form on September 27th. A check request will be processed for the employee for the month of October. Benefits will then become available on the SmarTrip card on November 1st.

Employees using VRE, Amtrak, or MARC transit service (s) must submit receipt(s) for reimbursement. Completed forms should be scanned and emailed to Human Resources. The registered SmarTrip card number should also be included with the enrollment form. Upon successful enrollment, the employee & his/her supervisor will receive an email communication from Human Resources.

Employees may participate in the program for as little or as long as they wish. Recertification is required once per year. Human Resources will contact employees about one to two months prior to the expiration of benefits as a reminder that they need to recertify in order to continue receiving benefits.

Employees will not be allowed to have both a parking sticker and participate in the Commuter Choice Program. Employees can switch from the Commuter Program back to parking, or vice versa, with proper notification. However, changes in enrollment choices will be limited to 2 events per calendar year. If an employee currently participating in the Commuter Choice Program needs to occasionally drive to work, the employee should obtain a daily hangtag in advance (limited to 4 daily hangtags per month) or they may purchase a ‘B’ Lot parking permit.

An employee wishing to end their participation in the program must notify Human Resources.

For questions regarding this program, you may contact Human Resources at 703-323-3110.

Commuter Choice Resources
Commuter Connections

The Commuter Information Source for Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. This site provides information on Guaranteed Ride Home, transit options, ozone action days and much more.

Insurance Information

Health Insurance

Health insurance is available to all regular and restricted full-time salaried faculty and staff (with a portion of the premium paid by the state). Part-time (salaried) staff employees are eligible to participate in the health insurance plans with no state contribution toward the premium.

The health plan options available are COVA Care, COVA HealthAware, COVA High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP), Kaiser Permanente HMO, and TRICARE Supplement (for those who are eligible for TRICARE).

Initial health insurance and flexible spending account elections received within the 30-day window are effective the first of the month following the date you become eligible to enroll. When that date is the first of the month, elections are effective that day. Enrollment is done by using the Web-based enrollment process (edirect.virginia.gov) or by submitting an enrollment paper form to Human Resources within 30 calendar days of hire.

Group Life Insurance

The College provides group term life insurance coverage at no cost for salaried employees. No enrollment forms are required. The amount of coverage is twice the employee's annual salary rounded to the nearest $1,000 for natural death and four times the rounded annual salary for accidental death.

Your beneficiaries for your life insurance are designated according to state law in the following order: your spouse, (if no surviving spouse) your children and descendants of deceased children, (if none of the aforementioned) your parents equally or to the surviving parent, (if none of the aforementioned) the duly appointed executor or, administer of your estate, (if none of the aforementioned) your next of kin.

If you would like beneficiary designations different from the order shown above, you need to fill out a Beneficiary Designation Form (VRS-2). The program is administered through the Virginia Retirement System with Minnesota Life as the insurance carrier.

Optional Group Life Insurance

Optional supplemental life insurance is available through Minnesota Life for yourself and your eligible family members. Employees may purchase up to four times his or her salary.

Evidence of Insurability required for coverage of family members above Option 1.

  • Option 1 – An additional 1 times an employee’s annual salary in life insurance coverage
  • Option 2 – An additional 2 times an employee’s annual salary in life insurance coverage
  • Option 3 – An additional 3 times an employee’s annual salary in life insurance coverage
  • Option 4 – An additional 4 times an employee’s annual salary in life insurance coverage

Maximum coverage of $700,000.

Cost of coverage varies depending on level of coverage, age of the employee and the age of participants. Coverage is effective when you sign the enrollment form (VRS-39) if you enroll within 31 days of employment. You must return the VRS-39 form either electing or waiving optional coverage within 31 days.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offered by the College is through the employee’s health carrier to maintain the health of a business and the well being of the employees. A wide-range of services are available. EAP services offer counseling and referral for problems such as alcohol or substance abuse, marital or family difficulties, financial problems, and mental and medical disorders. EAP services are confidential and voluntary and EAP counselors are available 24/7.

Paid Time Off

Annual Leave

Employees accrue paid leave at the end of each pay period. Accrual is based on an employee's status and his or her years of state service. Use is subject to the supervisor's approval. Employees may use annual leave incrementally as soon as it is earned.

Part-time Classified employees accruals are prorated.

Annual Leave for 12-Month Administrative/Professional, 12-Month Teaching Faculty and President

Up Front,Upon Hire Accrual Per Pay Period Worked Maximum Accrual Per Year Maximum Carry Forward Limit Maximum Payment Limit
Presidents 120 hours
(15 days)
10 hours 240 hours
(30 days)
240 hours
(30 days)
240 hours
(30 days)
Executive/Senior Administrators 96 hours
(12 days)
8 hours 192 hours
(24 days)
192 hours
(24 days)
192 hours
(24 days)
Administrators, Professional Faculty, 12-Month Teaching Faculty 84 hours
(10.5 days)
7 hours 168 hours
(21 days)
168 hours
(21 days)
168 hours
(21 days)

Annual Leave for Classified Staff

Years of Service Accrual Rate Per Pay Period Total Hours Accrued per Year Maximum Leave Carryover Maximum Leave Payout
Less than 5 years 4 hours 96 hours (12 days) 192 hours (24 days) 192 hours (24 days)
5 years 5 hours 120 hours (15 days) 240 hours (30 days) 240 hours (30 days)
10 years 6 hours 144 hours (18 days) 288 hours (36 days) 288 hours (36 days)
15 years 7 hours 168 hours (21 days) 336 hours (42 days) 288 hours (36 days)
20 years 8 hours 192 hours (24 days) 384 hours (48 days) 336 hours (42 days)
25 years 9 hours 216 hours (27 days) 432 hours (54 days) 336 hours (42 days)

Traditional Sick Leave

The Traditional Sick Leave program is available to new faculty who enrolled in the ORP or opt out of the VSDP. Earn five hours per pay period. You can use 48 hours for a family member.

UNUM Long Term Disability

UNUM Long-Term Disability is designed to protect your income should you become medically unable to work. Upon claim approval, non-taxable benefit payments begin after 90 days of total disability. It is not available to VSDP participants. The plan is available through payroll deduction, so the enrollment period may vary.

When considering this coverage, ask yourself two questions:

  1. Is my sick leave balance sufficient to cover me in the event of a disabling illness or injury?
  2. Could my family survive financially if I stopped getting a paycheck?

If your answer to either question is no, UNUM Long-Term Disability is worth further deliberation.

You may purchase 25%, 40%, or up to 50% coverage of basic monthly earnings to a maximum benefit of $5,000 per month. There are no offsets for Social Security, Workers Compensation, Retirement Plans, or individual LTD plans. Benefits are payable up to the age of 65.

Employee-Paid Long Term Care

Long-term care is insurance to prepare for the possibility of needing assistance in the activities of daily living following a prolonged illness, disability or injury. You can elect to cover your spouse, parents, and parents-in-law also (subject to medical underwriting).

The VSDP Long-Term Care Plan assists you in paying for nursing home care, assisted living facility care, hospice care, at-home services and community-based care. If you apply for long-term care insurance within 60 days of your hire date, your personal coverage will not be subject to underwriting.

Genworth is the state carrier for long-term care insurance. The cost for long-term care coverage varies with your coverage selection and age.

Virginia Sickness and Disability Program (VSDP) 

The Virginia Sickness and Disability Program (VSDP) is an employer paid benefit which provides income protection if you can’t work because of a non-work-related or work-related illness or injury or other condition, such as surgery, pregnancy, complications from pregnancy or a catastrophic or major chronic condition. VSDP benefits include:

  • Sick leave
  • Family and personal leave
  • Short-term and long-term disability coverage for total and partial disabilities 
  • Long-term care coverage 
  • Transitional, medical rehabilitation and vocational rehabilitation plans to help you return to work if you are able 
  • Free advocacy services to assist you in applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits

You are eligible for VSDP coverage if you are:

  • A full-time or part-time classified state employee covered under the Virginia Retirement System (VRS),     the State Police Officers’ Retirement System (SPORS) or the Virginia Law Officers’ Retirement System (VaLORS); or 
  • A salaried faculty member of a Virginia public college or university who has elected VRS as your pension plan 

Effective July 1, 2009, new and re-hired employees must complete one continuous year of employment before being eligible for VSDP income replacement benefits for non-work related disabilities. Eligible employees have the option of purchasing an individual policy for non-work related disability income protection during their first year of employment.  See a list of companies approved to handle premium payments through payroll deductions for state employees on the Fringe Benefits Management Company’s website. The Commonwealth of Virginia does not endorse any of these companies. 

Employees or their respective supervisors should notify Human Resources immediately at 

703.323.3110 Option 3 or benefits@nvcc.edu, when a salaried employee has a planned or unplanned absence of at least 5 work days.  Additional information on VSDP can be found here

Family and Medical Leave (FML)

Family and Medical Leave is job protection leave that can be taken for up to 12 weeks (480 hours) in a calendar year to care for yourself or an eligible family member. All employees who have worked 1 year or at least 1250 hours may be eligible for Family and Medical Leave. FML may be granted when an employee is unable to do his/her job due their own serious health condition or for an employee to care for an eligible family member due to the family member’s serious health condition as certified by a licensed, treating physician. FML may also be granted for the birth of a child or the placement of a child with the employee for adoption or foster care.

To request Family and Medical Leave for the employee’s serious health condition, the FML Certification of Health Care Provider Form for Employee’s Serious Health Condition must be completed and submitted.  To request FML for an employee’s eligible family member, the FML Certification of Health Care Provider for Family Member’s Serious Health Condition must be completed and submitted.  Completed forms should be submitted to Human Resources within 15 calendar days of the date the employee receives the Notification of Eligibility and Rights & Responsibilities form from Human Resources, having been sent to the employee in response to the notification of the need for FML by the employee. 

A review of the FML request and subsequent determination will be made by HR and communicated to both the employee and the employee’s supervisor within 5 calendar days of receipt of the employee’s certification.  Both provider forms can be found under HR forms on NOVA’s website and may be submitted to HR by fax: 703.323.3155 or e-mail:benefits@nvcc.edu.

For additional information on Family and Medical Leave, contact HR at 703.323.3110, Option 3 or benefits@nvcc.edu.

Leave Forms

Voluntary Savings Options

Cash Match Program

All salaried employees who participate in the 403(b) and/or 457 plan are eligible to participate in the employer cash match program. Cash match amount is 50 percent of your 403(b) or 457 contribution amount (up to a maximum of $20 per pay period). Enrollment is automatic once contributions to a 457 or 403(b) account begins.

Deferred Compensation Plan 457

Automatic enrollment -- an Enrollment Packet will be sent to your home address. This plan is a defined contribution pension plan where the participant assumes the investment risk. There is also a restrictive hardship withdrawal provision. After 90 days of employment, $20 will be deducted from your paycheck to a 457 account. You can opt out within 90 days to stop automatic enrollment or increase your contribution using the PIN number provided in VRS enrollment packet.

Tax Deferred Annuities 403(b)

The College will make payroll deductions for tax-deferred annuities of participating companies (MetLife, AIG-VALIC, TIAA-CREF). The employee or the participating company pays an administrative fee. Fill out and submit to NOVA Salary Reduction Agreement Form 105-097 to initiate the payroll reduction. There is no time period for enrolling.

Optional Retirement Plans

The Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) is a defined contribution pension plan. The plan is based on the level of contributions, investment gains or losses, retirement age and the retirement income option. The following vendors are available: Fidelity and TIAA-CREF.

Legal Resources

Legal resources include unlimited general advice and consultation, wills and estate matters, traffic violations, family law, real estate matters, identity theft assistance, etc.

Membership costs $18 per month and covers you and your family’s attorney fees. You must enroll within 60 days of NOVA employment. During enrollment you authorize payroll deductions and choose a law firm from the Legal Resources Network. Members are responsible for all non-attorney costs such as filing fees, court costs, fines, etc.

Open enrollment for legal resources is October 1 through October 31 with coverage starting January 1st.

Discounts & Financial Programs

Direct Deposit

NOVA participates in the Commonwealth direct deposit system, which allows for the use of multiple checking/savings accounts for deposits. When using multiple accounts, pay can be allocated by dollar amounts, not percentage amount. Utilize the 105-027, Direct Deposit Authorization form to initiate any changes. Forms are processed directly through the Payroll Department. Earning Statements and W-2s are available online through Payline.

NOVA Employee Discounts

Receive Discounts as a NOVA employee on IT products and services.

Employee Discounts

Flexible Reimbursement Accounts

These accounts allow employees to set aside money each pay period that can be used throughout the plan year (July 1 – June 30) to pre-fund anticipated, eligible medical services, medical supplies and dependent care expenses normally not covered by insurance.

The funds are deducted from paychecks before federal and state taxes are calculated, creating a cost savings for employees. Two reimbursement account options available -- Medical and Dependent Care.

You do not have to elect health coverage to be eligible for a flexible spending account. If you fail to enroll during your initial enrollment period, you may enroll during open enrollment. You must enroll during open enrollment each year to maintain participation.

Medical Reimbursement Account

  • You can receive a tax benefit on non-reimbursable medical expenses for yourself or your qualified dependents.
  • Some examples include: deductibles, optical expenses, co-payments, out of network fees, and dental expenses in excess of plan coverage caps.

Minimum Deposit Per Pay Period: $10
Maximum Annual Deposit: $2,500 (as of July 1, 2013)

Dependent Care Account

  • You can receive a tax advantage on expenses incurred for care of a child under the age of 13 or an older dependent under the IRS definition.
  • You must elect dependent care within 30 calendar days of your start date.
  • If you fail to do so, there is an open enrollment period in late spring of each year.
  • You must re-enroll each year to maintain this account

Minimum Deposit Per Pay Period: $10
Maximum Annual Deposit: generally $5,000, but varies with tax status

Student Advantage

Receive Discounts of up to 40% on a nationwide selection of online and store brands.

Student Advantage Costs:

  • 1 year subscription = $20
  • 2 year subscription = $30
  • 3 year subscription = $40

Sample of Discounts Available:

  • Greyhound – 20% off standard fares
  • Lenovo ThinkPad – save up to 35%
  • Choice Hotels – 15% off room rates
  • Foot Locker - $10 off purchase of $50
  • Amtrak – save 15% on rail fares
  • AMC Theaters – up to 40% off on pre-paid tickets
Campus Parking

Full-time employees are eligible for one FREE hangtag that may be used for up to THREE vehicles.

P-14 staff are eligible for one FREE hangtag per semester.

  • Faculty/Staff Parking is in "A" lots.
  • NOVACard allows access to parking garages.
  • No permit is required in a “B” lot after 3:45 p.m. on weekdays or any time on weekends.
Electronic Timesheet Entry and Approval System

Electronic timesheets allow for quick and efficient payroll processing.

The HRMS Self-Service section allows you to:

  • submit time
  • review absence requests
  • monitor available leave time
  • update personal information

For those using Denosys, utilize the Employee Self Service section to obtain the same information. All salaried, full-time and part-time non-exempt employees must record hours worked and/or leave request in HRMS and Denosys.

Exempt employees must submit absence requests in HRMS and Denosys. P-14, Student Hire, Work Study employees must record hours worked in HRMS.

VRS Benefits

Virginia Retirement System (VRS)

The VRS is a defined benefit retirement plan. VRS provides monthly retirement benefits to vested employees who have retired. These benefits are in addition to monthly benefit payments from Social Security.

VRS also provides short- and long-term disability income protection. All Employees are required to contribute 5 percent of their salary toward their retirement. The contribution is taken as a pre-tax payroll deduction.

Lifetime pension benefits are based on a formula (age, service dates and salary). 

Virginia Retirement System (VRS) Hybrid Plan

The Virginia Retirement System (VRS) is adding a new retirement plan as of January 1, 2014. The VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan, combines the features of a defined benefit plan and a defined contribution plan. Most Plan 1 and Plan 2 members may elect to opt into the hybrid plan during a one-time election period beginning January 1, 2014 and ending April 30, 2014. Coverage for those who opt in will take effect July 1, 2014. Most employees hired on or after January 1, 2014 with no previous VRS service credit will be covered automatically under the hybrid plan.

You are strongly encouraged to subscribe to VRS’ Member News to stay connected to your retirement benefits news.