Service & Trades Employees

As a services and trades employee (and a member of SEIU, HEREIU Local 26, HUSPMGU, HUPA, or ATC), you have access to a wide array of Harvard benefits, services and discounts.


Harvard’s full range of benefit programs includes medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending accounts, as well as life and disability insurance options. These benefits also include retirement plans:

  • A Basic Retirement Account, maintained by the University.
  • An Individual Investment Account, where you choose the investments.

Make sure you take time to get to know the range of services and resources provided, so that you can take advantage of all that Harvard offers for service and trades employees.

Education and training

If you’re the kind of employee who never stops learning, Harvard has educational opportunities for you.

  • The Harvard Bridge Program is an adult education program open to all Harvard University staff and faculty. The program conducts classes in English, computers, high school diploma completion, citizenship, and much more.
  • Harvard’s Tuition Assistance and Tuition Reimbursement Plans (TAP/TRP) offers eligible employees the opportunity to enroll in Harvard and non-Harvard courses at substantially reduced rates. Some Harvard certificate and licensing programs are eligible.

Cultural and entertainment perks

Your Harvard ID is your ticket to culture, both at Harvard and in the Cambridge/Boston area. Your ID gives you access to:

Dine, meet, or entertain at the Harvard Faculty Club.

Trouble with your ID? Contact the Harvard ID Office.

Services for you and your family

Whether your child is a newborn or a teenager, Harvard provides services and resources to help you with family challenges like:

Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available anytime for help with family matters, legal difficulties, financial problems, and other issues. Employees and members of their immediate family/household can use the EAP.

Help with problems at work

Most workplace issues can be resolved by working with your manager, local HR office, and/or union representative. But some issues require more problem-solving. A directory of problem-solvers, including the Harvard University Anonymous Reporting Hotline, the University Ombudsman Office, and local HR offices, is available at Solving Workplace Problems.