If you have any sort of qualifying life event, you will be able to change your benefits without needing to wait until Open Enrollment.

When you experience a qualifying life event, you have 30 days to make benefits changes related to your event. If you do not make the changes within the 30-day window, you will need to wait until WGU’s next Open Enrollment period to change your benefits.

For more specific examples of qualifying life events that may affect your WGU coverage, click here.

New child (birth, adoption, or foster)

New child (birth, adoption, or foster)

This is a qualifying life event. When you experience a qualifying life event, such as adding a new child to your family, you have 30 days to make benefits changes related to your event. For any questions, please visit the WGU People Center to submit a request for additional information. 

Getting married (or new domestic partnership)

Getting married (or new domestic partnership)

This is a qualifying life event. When you experience a qualifying life event, such as getting married, you have 30 days to make benefits changes related to your event. For any questions, please visit the WGU People Center to submit a request for additional information.

Getting divorced (or legally separated, ending a partnership, or partner dies)

Getting divorced (or legally separated, ending a partnership, or partner dies)

This is a qualifying life event. When you experience a qualifying life event, such as getting divorced, you have 30 days to make benefits changes related to your event. For any questions, please visit the WGU People Center to submit a request for additional information.  

Death in the family

Death in the Family

This is a qualifying life event. When you experience a qualifying life event, such as a death in your family, you have 30 days to make benefits changes related to your event. For any questions, please visit the WGU People Center to submit a request for additional information. 

Change in work status(e.g., to part-time or full-time, union to non-union)

Change in work status (e.g., to part-time or full-time, union to non-union)

  • Contact WGU Employee Benefits at Benefits@wgu.edu for answers to questions you may have about your change in work status.
  • Adjust your benefits coverage, if your eligibility for benefits has changed, within 30 days of your work status change.
  • Access free, confidential counseling through Spring Health.

This is a qualifying life event. When you experience a qualifying life event, such as a change in your work status, you have 31 days to make benefits changes related to your event. For any questions, please visit the WGU People Center to submit a request for additional information.

Loss or gain of benefit coverage (you or a dependent)

Loss or gain of benefit coverage (you or a dependent)

This is a qualifying life event. When you experience a qualifying life event, such as gaining or losing other benefits coverage, you have 30 days to make benefits changes related to your event. For any questions, please visit the WGU People Center to submit a request for additional information.

Retirement

Retirement

  • Notify your manager.
  • Review WGU’s retiree benefits and enroll if you or a family member is over 65.
  • Learn about your options for receiving Social Security benefits, if eligible.
  • Apply for Medicare, if eligible.
  • Questions about Medicare? Contact Health Advocate for additional assistance.
  • Decide when and how to access retirement savings.
  • Convert supplemental life insurance to individual policy, if desired. Visit the Reliance Standard website for more information.
  • Access free, confidential counseling through Spring Health.
  • Please submit a request through the WGU People Center to confirm date and amount of final paycheck.

This is a qualifying life event. After you’ve retired, you may be eligible for Medicare and/or Social Security benefits. Learn more on the Social Security website. You may also have the option of enrolling in other coverage, such as COBRA coverage or your spouse’s benefits. Ask your spouse’s employer for their enrollment process and deadline.

Serious illness

Serious illness

This is not a qualifying life event. You are not able to change your benefits coverage due to this event.