Despite best-laid plans, life happens

Life Changes

Major life changes happen to us all, usually unexpectedly, and UVA is committed to helping you navigate these changes as efficiently and smoothly as possible. You can make updates to your benefits package during the plan year outside of Open Enrollment if you've experienced one of these qualified life events. Learn more about what types of events are considered qualified life events and how we can help.


Making changes to your benefits package is usually reserved for Open Enrollment, but marriage and divorce qualify for changes throughout the plan year.

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Planning for Becoming a Parent

If you are anticipating the birth or arrival of a child through adoption, foster care placement, or legal guardianship, this information will introduce you to some important University policies that can help you plan for this significant change in your life.

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Preparing For Retirement

Planning for retirement means securing your financial future. UVA offers many ways to prepare, including financial consultants, tools and calculators, in-person seminars, online webinars, and other resources.

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Death in the Family

Sincerest condolences on the passing of your loved one. We want you to know that we are here to support you in any way we can.

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Other Life Changes

In addition to marriage, divorce, dependents, retirement, and death in the family, there are other life changes that allow for mid-year changes to your benefits package.

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Under the federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), you (and your dependents) may continue your group health benefits when coverage is lost due to a qualifying event.

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University Staff Conversion

University staff conversion applies to administrative and professional faculty, classified staff, and executive and senior administrative staff who are considering converting to University staff.

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