LSC and Optional Benefits
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Lone Star College employees in Texas may also be eligible for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or Children's Medicaid. Both programs cover office visits, prescription drugs, dental care, eye exams, and other expenses. Learn more about what is covered here.
("What's covered." What Does It Cover. Health and Human Services Commission, n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2013.)
As an employee of Lone Star College, you are eligible for membership in the following credit unions:
InvesTex Credit Union
Smart Financial Credit Union
Direct Payroll Deposit
Lone Star College uses direct deposit for full-time and part-time employees. Employees have two options for direct deposit, either deposit through their own bank account or deposit through a US Bank Debit Card.
All full-time employees are eligible for education assistance. Part-time employees who are regularly employed with Lone Star College and who have completed a full twelve months of consecutive employment with the System are eligible. Employment is considered "continuous" if the employee receives a paycheck in each of twenty-four (24) consecutive pay periods.
Eligible Lone Star College tuition and charges for credit courses, up to the applicable maximum, are waived under this policy. Tuition and fees for continuing education classes that have been approved by the employee's supervisor may also be waived. Lone Star College will waive up to a yearly maximum of $5,250 of the tuition and related fees for eligible courses taken at Lone Star College.
Current Employees, to download the Employee Educational Asisstance forms and more information regarding this program, click the link below.
Employee Educational Assistance Program Forms
Educational Attainment (Faculty)
LSC Faculty are encouraged to further their education. Faculty Educational Attainments are awarded as an increase to the Faculty memberís base pay and are obtained by moving from one Faculty pay grade to a higher Faculty pay grade. The degree must be completed while employed with Lone Star College. The degree must be from an accredited college or university (no trade schools, no certificates, and no licensures).
For current employees, the criteria and the educational attainment request form for Faculty and Instructors can be found on the LSC Service Center under HR Services, in the Compensation tile.
Educational Attainment (Non-Faculty)
Non-Exempt full-time employees are also encouraged to further their education. Non-faculty Educational Attainments are awarded for earning additional degrees (total award limit is $3,500). The degree must be completed while employed with Lone Star College. The degree must be from an accredited college or university (no trade schools, no certificates, and no licensures).
For current employees, the criteria and the educational attainment request form for non-faculty can be found on the LSC Employee Intranet in OHR Forms in the Compensation Forms library. Click here to access the Service Center form.
There are three types of Non-Faculty Educational Attainment awards, as described below:
One-Time Stipend (Degrees)
If your new degree is more than one level higher than what is required for your position as of September 1, you may receive a one-time stipend as listed below:
|Associateís Degree: $500||Bachelorís Degree: $1,000|
|Masterís Degree: $1,000||Doctoral Degree: $1,000|
Base Pay Adjustment (Degrees)
If your new degree is one level higher than what you currently hold and is no more than one level higher than what is required for your position as of September 1, 2% of your August 31 salary may be added to your base pay, effective September 1 of the upcoming academic year.
Base Pay Adjustment (Certifications)
If your new certification is listed as preferred on the job description for your current position as of September 1, 1% of your August 31 salary may be added to your base pay, effective September 1 of the upcoming academic year.
Tutor Certification and Educational Increase
Tutor Certification/Educational Attainments are awarded as an increase to the Tutorís hourly pay rate and are given for earning a higher-than-current level of education and/or tutor certification.
For current employees, the criteria and the educational attainment request form for tutors can be found on the LSC Service Center under HR Services, in the Compensation tile.
Employee Assistance Program (UTEAP)
Full-time and part-time Lone Star College employees and their dependents are eligible to receive counseling and information about personal and family problems at no cost to the employee. Professional advice is available on a confidential basis from family therapists, psychologists, and other professionals from an established counseling service contracted by LSC.
The Employee Assistance Program is a confidential counseling and information service for employees and family members which offers short-term assistance, up to five visits in handling personal problems.
UTEAP is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us at 713.500.3327 or toll-free at 800.346.3549.
Looking to access services? Click below to fill out a quick form and one of our customer service representatives will return your call at your convenience.
UTEAP Contact Form
Holidays and Paid Leave
Lone Star College recognizes that there are various reasons for an employee to need time off from work. Employees are asked to schedule leaves and absences as far in advance as possible, so coverage can be arranged.
Compensation is paid for leave described in the Board Policy.
2021-2022 Important Dates (holiday schedule)
The Chancellor shall designate the paid holidays to be provided to eligible employees during the twelve-month period beginning September 1. The holiday schedule shall be consistent with generally accepted practices in other institutions of higher education.
MetLife (Pre-Paid Legal Benefit)
Metlife will provide you with telephone and office consultations for an unlimited number of matters with an attorney for a benefit premium of $16.50/month. During the consultation, the attorney will review, discuss your rights and responsibilities, explore your options and recommend a course of action for you to take. They can assist you with completing a will, reviewing paperwork for selling and purchasing a home, as well as assistance with traffic tickets. See this flyer for plan details.Current employees should contact their local Human Resources office for additional information or specific questions.
Short Term Disability
Lone Star College provides short-term disability to all full time employees of the System at no charge. All sick leave, compensatory time, sick leave pool if applicable and vacation must be exhausted prior to applying for short-term disability. A doctor's written notice is required. Monthly disability payments are equal to 60 percent of the employee's monthly salary up to 90 calendar days. The employee is allowed to apply for short-term disability one time per year. LSC short term disability is an individual plan and does not run concurrently with the short-term disability under ERS.
All full-time employees are eligible to participate in the Wellness Program, which encourages Lone Star College employees to engage in fitness activity. Full time employees who engage in a minimum of three hours of exercise each week may receive up to one and one-half hours release time from their duties to participate in such activities.
The Wellness Program at LSC is designed to encourage employees to practice simple, positive lifestyle habits that increase quality of life, productivity, and longevity. Wellness incorporates such aspects as adequate fitness, proper nutrition, stress management, disease prevention, the value of spirituality, personal safety, smoking cessation, regular physical exams and screenings, health education and awareness, and environmental support.
Current employees should contact the Wellness Contact at their campus for more information.
LSC-CyFair: Ronald Nespeca
LSC-Kingwood: Crystal Martin
LSC-Montgomery: Kevin McKinney
LSC-Tomball: Dorease Bruner
LSC-North Harris: Shirley Ennis
LSC-University Park: Allison Burney
LSC-System Office: Becky Landry
Full-time and part-time employees of LSC are covered by the State-required Workers' Compensation Insurance Program. The plan provides for the employee to receive benefits for qualifying injuries received while on the job.