Are you considering employment at the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center? The benefits listed below are a valuable part of your total compensation package!

Please note that for UGA classification purposes, Business Consultants/Area Directors are considered “faculty” and Program Coordinators/Administrative positions are considered “staff.”

All employees must participate in a retirement plan. UGA offers two retirement plans:

Teachers Retirement System of Georgia (TRS)(Defined Benefits Package)

UGA contributes 16.81% and you contribute 6.0% (or more) of your pay towards TRS. You are vested after 10 years. Once vested, a set payout (lump sum or monthly benefit) is available once your retire, based on your salary and how long you have worked in the University System of Georgia (2% x years of service x average of 24 highest consecutive months salary). Find more information about TRS on the UGA Human Resources TRS information page.

Optional Retirement Plan (ORP)(Defined Contribution Plan)

In lieu of participating in the TRS plan, Business Consultants and exempt staff may choose the ORP, a portable defined contribution plan. ORP participants are vested immediately. UGA contributes 9.24% and you contribute 6% (or more) of your pay. You choose how to invest your retirement funds from choices provided by three companies. Your retirement income is based on the performance of the investment choices you made and is limited to the value of your account. The ORP option is an irrevocable choice you must make within the first 60 days of your employment (or contract) date. Find more information about ORP on the UGA Human Resources ORP information page.

Annual Leave

Paid Holidays

UGA SBDC employees may choose from four plans: Comprehensive Care, Consumer Choice HSA, BlueChoice HMO, and Kaiser Permanente HMO. All plans include no pre-existing condition restrictions. Each plan has four coverage levels: Employee only, employee + child, employee + spouse, or family.

Spending Accounts (FSA, HSA, LPFSA)

Dental Insurance

Dental coverage is available for individuals and their families. Employees can choose from the Base plan or the High plan.

Vision Insurance

The vision plan covers exams and helps pay the cost of frames, lenses, and contacts. If you choose to buy vision insurance, it will supplement any vision benefits included in your health plan, if your health plan includes wellness vision coverage.

Tuition Assistance Program

Participation in the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) shall be available to full-time, benefits-eligible employees who have successfully completed at least six months of employment in a benefits-eligible position as of the date of the TAP application deadline for the desired academic semester.

Full-time employees who meet the applicable admissions standards and have received appropriate prior authorization from their institution may enroll in up to nine academic semester credit hours for each of the three designated semester periods: fall, spring, and summer semesters. Some programs are not eligible for TAP waivers. For more information on UGA and USG TAP policies, see:

University of Georgia TAP Details

University System of Georgia TAP Details

All benefit-eligible UGA faculty and staff members receive $25,000 in personal life insurance at no cost. You may purchase additional coverage for yourself, your spouse, and children.

Disability Insurance