Welcome to Fort Lewis College

You probably have a lot of questions so we want to provide you with the tools necessary to make informed decisions. We encourage you to take advantage of these resources so you can focus on making an impact in your new position.

New hire resources

Health, Dental, Life and Disability Insurance Information

At your Employee Intake Meeting, a representative of Human Resources will explain the benefits package, guide you through the benefits enrollment procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

To help prepare for that meeting, you may want to review the various benefit packages offered by the college. Health, dental and life insurance becomes effective on your first day of employment so you will be asked during your Employee Intake Meeting to make benefit selections.

  • Benefits for Classified staff at Fort Lewis are developed and regulated by the State of Colorado. The benefit package includes health, dental and disability programs. For a look at all the benefits available to Classified staff and for enrollment information and provider directories, please visit the State of Colorado Benefits website.
  • Faculty and Exempt staff have a separate benefits package developed and regulated by Fort Lewis College, in part as a member of the Colorado Higher Education Insurance and Benefits Alliance (CHEIBA).

Retirement Plans

Fort Lewis College does not make contributions to Social Security. For some employees, important decisions regarding your retirement plan will need to be communicated to HR within your first couple of days of employment. Participation in one of the listed retirement plans is required.

  • Faculty or Exempt staff are encouraged to take some time to review these retirement plan options by visiting TIAAVALIC, or PERA*.

*Faculty and Exempt staff can participate in PERA (if the employee is currently active in PERA or if they have been active in PERA in the past).

We also have a number of optional tax deferred annuity plans available.