Dental and Vision Benefits

There are no benefit changes or increases to employee contributions for dental and vision plans for 2020. The University continues to offer a preventive plan, which covers two cleanings per year and other basic services, as well as a comprehensive plan that provides for both basic and major restorative services, including oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics. The VSP Vision Care Plan provides coverage for routine eye exams, contact lens care, glasses and frames. Check out our online resources to ensure you’re using your dental and vision benefits to the fullest.

The monthly costs listed below are based on the 12-month calendar year. Actual deductions from each paycheck will vary depending upon your deduction cycle (e.g., weekly vs. semi-monthly, academic year vs. calendar year).

Preventive Dental With or Without Vision Preventive Dental Preventive Dental Plus Vision
Employee Only $8.32 $13.49
Employee + Spouse/ Domestic Partner $21.38 $31.73
Employee + Child(ren) $24.25 $35.48
Employee + Spouse/ Domestic Partner + Child(ren) $40.50 $58.44
Comprehensive Dental With or Without Vision Comprehensive Dental Comprehensive Dental Plus Vision
Employee Only $30.08 $35.25
Employee + Spouse/ Domestic Partner $70.51 $80.86
Employee + Child(ren) $69.94 $80.87
Employee + Spouse/ Domestic Partner + Child(ren) $109.04 $126.98

It is the second year of a two-year commitment for Syracuse University’s dental and vision plans. This means that the only change you can make this year is to add or remove dependents from the plan you chose for 2019—unless you have a qualifying life event. Your current elections will remain in effect through Dec. 31, 2020.

SEIU members who elect coverage in the SEBF dental and vision plan are not subject to this two-year commitment. However, SEIU members may only opt in or out of University dental and vision coverage when the two-year enrollment cycle is open.

Syracuse University offers two subsidized dental options through Delta Dental:

The Preventive Plan [PDF] provides coverage for two annual exams and cleanings per calendar year, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) services. To help maintain your oral health during pregnancy, Delta Dental offers one additional exam and cleaning to pregnant women.

The Comprehensive Plan [PDF] provides coverage for services listed in the Preventive Plan, as well as for basic and major restorative services, oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics. During pregnancy, women may elect either the enhanced benefit for pregnant women in the Preventive Plan or one additional periodontal scaling and root planing per quadrant.

Delta Dental gives you access to two networks of participating providers: the Delta Dental PPO network and the Delta Dental Premier network. Using a dentist in the PPO network provides the best value. A dentist in the Premier network is the next best option if you can’t find a PPO dentist. Participating dentists in both networks will accept the Delta Dental payment without billing you for any uncovered balance, so you will usually save when compared to a non-participating dentist. You can search online for participating dentists on Delta Dental’s website or call Delta Dental at 800.932.0783 (TTY: 711).

If you are enrolled in dental with vision coverage, vision benefits are provided through VSP. Vision is not available as a separate option.

Contact VSP Member Services at 800.877.7195 (TTY: 800.428.4833) or visit vsp.com should you have any questions.


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.