Staff Benefits

Employee Benefit Summary

Admission to college events/Rowenhorst Student Center

  • Employee ID cards admit employee and dependents or employee and one accompanying guest to college-sponsored events and the RSC athletic facilities.

Adoption assistance/leave

  • Full-time and three-quarter-time staff eligible after one year of employment.
  • Northwestern provides reimbursement up to $2,000 per adopted child or up to $3,000 for a special-needs child.
  • Employees who adopt, whether male or female, can receive 7 days of paid adoption leave.


  • Northwestern contributes 7% of employee’s gross salary to a 403(b) plan through TIAA-CREF, provided one’s work schedule exceeds 1,000 hours annually.
  • No waiting period or matching requirement.
  • Employees can also defer before-tax dollars for personal contributions.

Bereavement leave

  • Up to 3 days of leave with pay may be granted upon the death of an immediate family member.
  • Up to 2 days of leave with pay may be granted upon the death of relatives such as grandchildren, grandparents or in-laws.

Bookstore discount

  • 15% discount on non-sale items of clothing and books in stock (except textbooks).

Employee Assistance Program

  • Employees who work 1,000 or more hours—and their dependents—are eligible to receive up to 3 confidential pre-paid professional counseling sessions for a wide range of problems.

Facility rentals

  • 50% discount on rental rate for campus facilities (excluding housing facilities) when rented for own personal use.

Family Medical Leave of Absence (FMLA)

  • Unpaid leave for medically required FMLA absences or military exigency.
  • May use accumulated paid leave (vacation, personal and sick leave) during leave.

FLEXible benefits

  • Employees can defer pre-tax dollars to pay for unreimbursed medical and childcare expenses.
  • Maximum of $2,500 for medical and $5,000 for dependent care.

Food service Flex Dollars

  • Purchase $50 in Flex Dollars and receive 25% discount on every purchase at the Hub or cafeteria.
  • Flex Dollars must be used during academic year while food service is in operation.

Group health insurance — High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)

  • Single and family coverage for full-time and three-quarter-time staff.
  • Effective the 1st of the month coincident with or following the date of hire.
  • Employees contribute a portion of the premium cost for single and family coverage.
  • Three-quarter-time employees pay a pro-rated portion of the single and family premium costs.

Health Savings Account (HSA)

  • Full-time and three-quarter-time employees participating in the High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP).
  • College contributes monthly amounts for single and family coverage.
  • Employees can contribute pre-tax dollars up to annual IRS limits to pay for unreimbursed medical expenses..


  • Full-time and three-quarter-time staff receive 11 paid holidays.

Jury duty

  • Regular salary is maintained, minus any amount paid by the court for the employee’s services.

Library services

  • Available at no cost to employees.

Life insurance and accidental death & dismemberment

  • Full-time and three-quarter-time staff are eligible.
  • Effective the 1st of the month coincident with or following the date of hire.
  • Northwestern pays 100% of premium.
  • Death benefit is $50,000 and is reduced for employees over age 65.
  • Northwestern also provides dependent life coverage of $2,000 for spouse and child.

Long-term disability

  • Full-time and three-quarter-time staff are eligible for benefits payable after 180 days of disability as defined until Social Security normal retirement age.
  • Amount of monthly disability is 60% of earnings, with a maximum of $5,000 per month.
  • Northwestern pays 100% of premium.

Moving assistance

  • The college provides reimbursement for moving expenses excluded from income under IRS regulations for full-time staff moving 50 or more miles. Moving policy
  • Expenses to be reimbursed include standard truck rental and fuel expense for transporting furniture and household goods to new residence, plus lodging and gas for new employee and family.
  • Self moves reimbursed at 100% and commercial moves at 80% up to specified amount based on location from which new staff member is moving.
  • Half of reimbursement will be repaid to Northwestern if employee leaves after 1 year or less of employment.

Short-term disability

  • Full-time and three-quarter-time staff are eligible for benefits payable beginning the 90th day of disability to the 180th day of disability.
  • Amount of monthly disability is 60% of earnings, with a maximum of $5,000 per month.
  • Provided at no cost to employee; self-funded by Northwestern.

Sick leave

  • Full-time and three-quarter-time staff receive paid sick leave based on their status or work schedule.

Spring Service Project leave

  • Staff members are encouraged to serve as advisers for student groups on Spring Service Projects.
  • Maximum time away from campus is 10 calendar days.
  • This time away is considered institutional service. Staff will be paid in accordance with their usual on-campus assignment.

Supplemental insurance

  • Employees pay full premium cost for these supplemental products:
    • AFLAC Personal Accident Expense Plan
    • AFLAC Personal Cancer Protection Plan
    • AFLAC Personal Recover Plus
    • Dental
    • Vision
    • Voluntary life insurance

Tuition benefits

Graduate education tuition loans

  • Forgivable loan program for graduate tuition for full-time and three-quarter-time staff where there is mutual benefit for the college and employee.
  • Loans are forgiven 25% per year of full-time employment following receipt of tuition funds.
  • Assistance limited to 50% of tuition costs up to $5,250 per year and $21,000 lifetime.
  • Loan approvals are subject to the availability of funds.

Seminary tuition

  • Sioux Falls Seminary offers tuition reduction of 25% to college employees only.
  • Western Theological Seminary offers tuition waiver to college employees, spouses and their children eligible for the benefit.

Tuition waiver/tuition exchange

  • Available to eligible employees, spouses, and dependent children under age 24 for the college’s own curricular offerings.
  • Waiver limited to actual tuition costs. Excludes:
    • Room and board
    • Private lessons
    • Lab fees
    • Summer directed study
    • Off-campus tuition costs
  • Available after 1 year of employment; pro-rated for three-quarter-time staff.
  • Employees eligible for Northwestern’s tuition waiver program may participate in tuition exchange programs of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

Vacation and personal leave

  • Full-time and three-quarter-time staff members earn vacation and personal leave based on their status or work schedule.

NWC at a glance

Northwestern College is a Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and located in Orange City, Iowa. Recognized for its strong academic program, vibrant campus community and unwavering Christian commitment, it has been preparing young people to serve Christ in the world for more than 125 years.

1882 Year founded
1,200 Enrollment
40+ Majors
RCA Affiliation: Reformed Church in America
12,000+ Alumni
14:1 Student/Faculty Ratio
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