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Benefits at North Idaho College

A comprehensive and affordable benefits package is available to employees in benefit-eligible positions. Our benefits can also be enrolled in as ala carte options.

Below is an overview of just some of the benefits offered to eligible employees at North Idaho College.

Please note: Not all positions at North Idaho College are benefits-eligible. Please see the job announcement of the position you are interested in to see if it is eligible for benefits. Benefits start the first day of the month after your hire date. Some benefit eligible positions that are less than 100% of full-time do not accrue vacation or accrue at a decreased level. 



Benefit eligible employees receive 14 paid holidays per year.


Vacation leave

Vacation leave accrual is available for benefit-eligible staff positions only (not available for
faculty or Head Start positions). Benefit-eligible faculty positions receive two personal days each school year. (not accrued)




Per Idaho statute, employees in benefited positions at NIC are required to participate in a retirement plan according to their classification as follows.


PERSI (Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho)

Classified staff (FLSA-nonexempt) only

Employee contributes 7.16% of earnings pretax and North Idaho College contributes 11.94%.

ORP – A defined contribution plan through TIAA or Valic

Administrative, Faculty, and Professional (FLSA-exempt) staff only

Employee contributes 7.16% of all earnings, withheld-pretax, and North Idaho College contributes 11.845%. Options are TIAA or Valic.


Insurance Plans

Employee Benefits Summary document (FY20)

Benefit Rate Sheet (FY20)

Medical: Regence Blue Shield of Idaho

Dental: Willamette Dental or Delta Dental (choose one)

Vision: Vision Service Provider (VSP)

Life Insurance: NIC pays 100% of the premium

Life insurance for employees worth two times their annual salary, with a minimum $50,000 benefit

$10,000 life insurance for spouse and dependents

Short Term Disability: NIC pays 100% of the premium

Weekly benefit (90 days max) - 60% of pre-disability earnings

Long Term Disability: NIC pays 100% of the premium

67% of employee’s salary at time of disability

Voluntary Life Insurance

Employee pays premium. May elect up to 5 times their salary


Employee Wellness Program

Earn up to $1000 for employee only medical coverage and up to $2000 for employee plus one coverage, into a VEBA account for participating in wellness activities, like getting annual screenings, being a non-smoker, and other wellness related opportunities.


Tuition Waiver Program

Employees may take up to eight credits per semester. Qualifying dependents and/or a spouse may take up to 12 credits per semester. Any student fees are paid by the student and/or employee. LCSC, ISU, CSI and CWI offer tuition waivers to NIC employees only. (This list is subject to change without notice)

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides short-term, confidential counseling for you and your family at no out-of-pocket expense to you. The EAP also offers financial, legal, and health support plus many other topics.


Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Employees who meet the requirements from the William D Ford Federal Direct Loan Program can apply. Go here for more details. www.studentaid.gov/publicservice


Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care

Optional account set-up for employee to set aside money pre-tax each pay period to be used for medical expenses and dependent care.


Professional Development

NIC is committed to the professional development of the employees who carry out the mission of the college. To that end, the college has put in place funding assistance programs that are designed to help our employees meet and exceed their professional development goals. Encouraging and supporting our employees’ professional development allows NIC to continue to provide a high level of service and quality programs to the communities we serve.

These funding assistance programs are available only to employees who have been employed in a benefit-eligible position continuously for at least one year.


Leave Plans

Sick leave

  • Classified Staff Employees: Sick leave accrual is based on hours actually worked. The accrual rate is .0462 hours per hour worked, so an employee who works 80 hours in a pay period (two weeks), earns 3.7 hours of sick leave that pay period, or 12 days per year. Hourly benefit eligible staff who work less than 100% of full-time (less than 40 hours per week) will accrue less sick leave per pay period.
  • Salaried Staff  Employees: The accrual rate is a flat 3.7 hours per pay period, or 12 days per year for full-time employees.
  • Faculty: Sick leave is earned during 19 biweekly pay periods. The accrual rate is 3.8 hours per pay period for a total of 72.2 hours per year, or nine days per year. 


  • Paid jury duty leave
  • Paid military leave
  • Paid bereavement Leave