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A comprehensive and affordable benefits package is available to employees in benefit-eligible positions. Our benefits can also be enrolled in as à la 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 percent of full-time do not accrue vacation or accrue at a decreased level.

Benefit eligible employees receive 14 paid holidays per year. Head Start employees receive limited holidays.

Vacation leave accrual is available for benefit-eligible staff positions only. It is not available for faculty or for some Head Start and Children's Center positions. Benefits-eligible faculty positions receive two personal days each year; these days are not accrued. 

Accrued vacation time is based upon total hours worked in a pay period

Months of Service        Approx. Accrual Per Year at 100% of full-time
(40 hours per week) 
 0-24   15 days
 25-72   18 days 
 After 72  21 days 

Benefits eligible staff: Sick leave accrual is based on hours or days actually worked each pay period. An employee who works 80 hours in a pay period (two weeks), earns up to 12 days per year.
Benefits eligible staff who work less than 100% of full-time (less than 40 hours per week) will accrue less sick leave per pay period.

Faculty: 9 days per year for full-time faculty and prorated for other benefit eligible positions. See policy 3.04.01 for additional information.

Other leaves: 

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

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 (hourly) only. Employee contributes 6.71% of earnings pretax and North Idaho College contributes 11.18%.

  • ORP - Options are TIAA or Corebridge (formerly AIG) – A defined contribution plan
    Administrative, Faculty, and Professional (salaried) staff only. Employee contributes 6.97% of all earnings, withheld-pretax, and North Idaho College contributes 11.107%.  


FY24 Benefits Summary Guide (includes benefit rates and payroll calendars)

For hourly Head Start positions and other benefited hourly positions under 100% full-time
FY 24 Alternate Schedules Benefits Rate Sheet

Health Coverage

  • Regence Blue Shield of Idaho: Three plans to choose from
  • MD Live: - 24/7 telehealth benefit included with any medical plan
  • Dental: Willamette Dental, Delta Dental, or Northwest Dental (choose one)
  • Vision: Vision Service Provider (VSP)

These benefits are paid by NIC

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Life Insurance: NIC pays 100% of the premium. Life insurance for employees worth two times their annual salary
  • $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 

Earn up to $2000 into a Health Savings Account for participating in wellness activities, like getting annual screenings, being a non-smoker, and other wellness related opportunities.

   Additional wellness benefits 

  • Headspace - Free access to the entire Headspace Library 
  • Smartdollar -  Free access to this financial wellness tool
  • Reduced membership to NIC Wellness & Recreation Center
  • Reduced membership fee to Weight Watchers

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 to employees who have been employed in a benefit-eligible position continuously for at least one year, and are not in grant funded positions.  

For benefits eligible employees tuition is waived, up to 8 credits per semester. Eligible spouses and dependents may have up to 12 credits waived. Employees and dependents are responsible for any course fees and materials.

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 and health tips plus many other topics.  

Employees who meet the requirements from the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program can apply. For more details, visit

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

Employee pays premium and may elect up to five times their salary.