Benefits Eligibility

Which dependents can be added to my coverage?

For most plans, you may enroll the following dependents (as long as they meet the criteria listed in the Benefits Eligibility Policy):

  • Your legal spouse or your eligible domestic partner*
  • Your child under age 26 who is your biological or adopted child; the child of your eligible spouse or eligible domestic partner; or a child who has been placed in your legal custody or for whom you are the appointed legal guardian
  • Your child over age 26 who is incapable of working or self-support due to a mental or physical disability that was present prior to age 26; the child must qualify as a tax dependent of you or your eligible spouse or eligible domestic partner*

For more information, review the Benefits Eligibility Policy. Remember, when you add a spouse, partner or child to your coverage, you must provide supporting documentation to HR Shared Services to confirm their eligibility.

*For dependent life insurance, only same-sex domestic partners may be enrolled (except Texas residents). For child life insurance, the child must be unmarried and rely on the employee for at least half of his or her annual support.


Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained within this website is accurate. However, benefits are governed by legal documents (which, in certain circumstances, may include insurance contracts). If there is any difference between the information on this website and the official documents, the official documents will control. As is the case with all of Syracuse University’s benefit plans, the University reserves the right to modify or terminate these benefits at any time.