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Additional Benefits

MICA's comprehensive benefits package includes tuition remission, paid holidays, Social Security/Medicare tax /unemployment compensation, and worker's compensation.

Tuition Remission

Full-time staff members, in the first semester beginning after two years of continuous full-time employment, are entitled to one full degree program remission per family (for spouse/partner or children), provided they are accepted into the degree program via the normal admission process. Only one family member is granted degree program tuition remission in any one year. All fees, which are charged in addition to tuition, are the responsibility of the employee.

When the above is not utilized, all benefit eligible employees who have satisfied their introductory period (90 days) are entitled to tuition remission for up to three (3) credits each semester (fall, spring and summer terms) per family (i.e., employee, spouse/partner or children). In lieu of a credit course, two non-credit courses per semester per family in the Continuing Studies program can be substituted. All fees, which are charged in addition to tuition, are the responsibility of the employee.

Part-time staff employees who have one year of continuous part-time employment (spring/fall) averaging twenty (20) hours per week or greater, are entitled to tuition remission for one credit-bearing course up to three (3) credits each semester (fall, spring and summer terms) per family (i.e. employee, spouse/partner, or children). In lieu of the credit courses, two non-credit courses per semester per family in the Continuing Studies program can be substituted. Admission to any course at MICA is on a first come, first served basis. Employees will neither be favored nor penalized in this regard. Employees are not permitted to take courses during regularly scheduled work hours unless the immediate supervisor approves the request. All personal time off for class attendance must be reported in accordance with the regular method of reporting vacation leave. Under no circumstances will sick leave be allowed for attending classes.

If an employee receiving tuition remission leaves the College through resignation or other termination during the
semester when tuition remission is being used, he/she will be responsible for the cost of the course(s) on a prorated basis. Any eligible employee who wishes to take advantage of the tuition benefit must obtain a tuition remission form from Human Resources, Continuing Studies or Registrar prior to registration. This form requires signature from your immediate Supervisor and a signature from Human Resources to confirm eligibility. All fees charged in addition to tuition (for example; registration, housing, supplies, before and after care, travel) are the responsibility of the employee and must be paid at the time of registration.

Tuition remission will not be approved retroactively for courses taken in previous semesters for which no application for waiver of tuition has been made. Under no circumstance will an
employee be allowed to take an extended leave of time, which may interfere with their ongoing employment unless authorized by their immediate supervisor.

Tuition Remission Policy for MPS Programs

Tuition Remission Policy for Design Leadership Program

Paid Holidays

The following are paid holidays for eligible staff:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King's Birthday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve Day
  • Christmas Day


You are covered by the College's liability insurance while acting within the scope of your responsibilities on College business. This protection, however, covers only you the employee. It does not extend to your vehicle being used on College business. The vehicle is presumed to be covered by the owner's insurance policy. If you are unwilling to accept this limitation, you should not drive your personal vehicle on College business.

Social Security and Unemployment Compensation

All employees full and part time are covered by Social Security on the standard matching basis. All employees are covered by the State of Maryland Unemployment Compensation Program.

Health Advocate

If you need help obtaining answers involving your medical, hospital, dental, mental health, medication, Flexible Spending Account, or UNUM plans, Health Advocate is here to help. Health Advocate is a free benefit available to you, your dependents, parents, and parents-in-law 24/7 that can help resolve medical billing problems (such as claims issues) and other insurance-related concerns. All conversations are confidential.

For further information contact:
Health Advocate

Employee Assistance Program

MICA realizes that a wide range of personal problems can affect your work performance. Examples of such behavioral problems include alcohol and/or drug abuse, marital or family distress, and emotional instability. These problems may result in deterioration of job efficiency. You may use a referral service to an off-campus counseling group through Health Advocate, paid for by the College. The employee assistance program (EAP) is private, confidential, and free of charge. The service is staffed by trained professionals, who provide counseling service in the areas of mental health and well-being, personal and professional relationships, substance abuse, family life, and daily stress. EAP is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, either by phone or online. Your dependents may also use this service. MICA's EAP is also a great resource for needs outside of counseling.

For further information contact:
Health Advocate

Long Term Care Insurance

Group discounts are available to you for long term care insurance. Long Term Care is the care that becomes necessary if someone becomes incapacitated due to accident, illness or aging and needs assistance for more than 90 days. The assistance can take the form of someone to help with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, eating, transferring, (moving from bed to chair), continence or toileting.

• Available to employees, spouses/partners, parents, parents-in-law, grandparents & grandparents-in-law and retirees.
• Discounted rates for employees and family members.
• Educational seminars
• Private counseling sessions and customized proposals.
• Marketplace to be surveyed in each case to assure best alternative presented.

For further information contact:
Sally Leimbach, CLU, CEBS, LTCP
Phone: 410-659-3702

Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union

The Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union (JHFCU) extends their membership benefits to MICA employees. JHFCU offers high-rate savings accounts; the ability for you to make purchases and pay bills with an easy-to-use debit card and online bill payment system; and competitive low-rate loans to help you get an education, buy a car, or purchase a home. JHFCU also gives you convenient and easy access to your money, with 5 branches on nearby Hopkins campuses, free online and telephone banking 24 hours a day, and over 26,500 surcharge-free ATMs in Maryland and across the nation!

For further information contact:
Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union:
Phone: 410-534-4500 or 800-JHFCU-70, (if calling outside the Baltimore metro area)

Discounted Membership at the University of Baltimore Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
1420 N. Charles Street
AC 300
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 410-837-5591

MICA College Store 10% Employee Discount (Employee ID required)
1200 Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
Phone: 410-225-2276

Commuter Choice Program
• Monthly pre-tax MTA passes and vouchers are available.
• Pre-tax parking is available.

See the Human Resources Department for more information about these programs.

This page was last updated on 09/14/2016.