Payroll and Employee Benifits

Retirement Status - Contract Faculty Honoratus

Full Time Contract Faculty not on a semester-by-semester basis-Honoratus/Honorata Status

Eligible Contract Faculty who leave the University and meet both the age and years of service requirements are eligible to continue their health care coverage and their life insurance coverage. The age and years of service requirements for Contract Faculty whose last date of hire:

  • precedes September 1, 1999, must be at least 50 years of age and have at least 15 years of cumulative service, or be at least 60 years of age and have at least 10 years of cumulative service.
  • is on or after September 1, 1999, must be at least 50 years of age and have at least 15 years of cumulative service.
  • is on or after July 1, 2009, must be at least 62 years of age and have at least 15 years of cumulative service.

Honoratus/Honorata Status entitles you to the following benefits:

Health Care Plan
Prior to age 65, if your last date of hire precedes September 1, 1999, you are entitled to continue your regular coverage provided you are enrolled in the Health Care Plan at the time of ending employment, and have been enrolled for at least one year (or pay the equivalent premium). If your last date of hire is on or after September 1, 1999, you are entitled to continue your regular coverage provided you have been enrolled in the Health Care Plan for at least 15 years and are enrolled at the time of ending employment. At age 65, this coverage changes to Medicare Part A and Part B, Ball State University Medicare Carve-out, Prescription Drugs, and optional Dental coverage.

Your spouse is entitled to continue the regular coverage prior to age 65. At age 65, this coverage is converted to Medicare Part A and Part B, Ball State University Medicare Carve-out, Prescription Drugs, and optional Dental coverage. In the event of your death, your spouse may continue to participate in the appropriate Health Care Plan for life unless your spouse remarries; in which case, coverage terminates at the end of the month in which the marriage takes place.

Dependent children are entitled to continue regular coverage as long as they meet the definition of dependents. In the event of your death, coverage for dependent children will continue as long as they meet the definition of dependency. If your spouse remarries, coverage for dependent children terminates at the same time that your spouse's coverage terminates.

The University continues to pay its share of the premiums; your share is payable monthly through the University's billing system.

If you retire:

  • under age 65 and prior to July 1, 2012, your health care premium will be the same as that of active employees.
  • under age 62 on or after July 1, 2012, you will pay the active employee health care premium plus an added premium of 10% of the total health care premium until you reach age 62.
  • under age 62 on or after July 1, 2014, you will pay the active employee health care premium plus an added premium of 20% of the total health care premium until you reach age 62.
  • under age 62 on or after July 1, 2015, you will pay the active employee health care premium plus an added premium of 20% of the total health care premium until you reach age 65.

Life Insurance

If you end your employment at or prior to the end of the fiscal year in which you reach the age of 66, the amount of coverage to which you are entitled at end of service is 50% of the amount in force immediately prior to your end of service.

If you end your employment after the end of the fiscal year in which you reach the age of 66, the amount of coverage to which you are entitled is 50% of the amount in force on June 30 of the fiscal year in which you attain age 65.

The University continues to pay its share of the premium (currently 75%); your share of the premium is payable monthly through the University's billing system.

Other Benefits

Contract Faculty who qualify for Honoratus/Honorata Status will be issued a permanent identification card for use of the library, physical education facilities, applicable discounts at the Ball State University Bookstore and certain other benefits normally available to actively employed Contract Faculty.

In addition, Contract Faculty who qualify for Honoratus/Honorata Status and whose date of hire precedes January 1, 1997, are provided with a lifetime non-transferable complimentary pass allowing up to two tickets, upon request, for the following:  Artist Series, Concert Series, Muncie Symphony Series, University Theatre Productions, home athletic events and other University sponsored events.  Contract Faculty whose last date of hire is on or after January 1, 1997, are not eligible for the complimentary pass.

A life-time tag for free surface parking (yellow lot) is available.  See Parking Services for application.

You may participate in commencement ceremonies.

You may also maintain your Ball State e-mail account.