Penn offers great perks!

Here are just a few. 

  • Amazon Shipping at Penn: Do you know about this great Penn perk? It's a convenient and secure location for faculty and staff to pick up and return Amazon orders. Urban living is easier when you can count on online orders. You can activate the resource today with your Penn account.
  • Cell Phone Service: Cingular Wireless, Nextel, and Verizon Wireless offer discounts on cellular service plans and phones.
  • Computers: The Penn community receives an academic discount at the Computer Connection. 
  • Emergency Ride Home: In the event of an unexpected personal or family emergency, unexpected illness, unscheduled overtime or if the regular ride home is not available for certain reasons, registered commuters are provided with an emergency ride their home, car or the place of the emergency.
  • Free Movie Rentals: You are allowed to borrow up to 4 movies at a time for 7 days each from the Van Pelt Library. Tip: Browse the online catalog before you go.
  • Ryan Hospital at Penn Vet: offers all Penn faculty and staff a 20% discount off hospital services and substantial discounts through the Ryan Hospital's Primary Care Service. They also offer a drop-off service for pets to minimize work-day interruptions.
  • Septa Pass Perks: Septa offers discounts and other perks in and around Philadelphia (for weekly or monthly SEPTA Pass only).
  • YouDecide@Penn: YouDecide is a portal offering Penn faculty and staff access to hundreds of discounts from local and national providers on goods and services. Providers include arts and cultural organizations, florists, apparel, entertainment, insurance products, home improvement, and many others.

Family Care

As faculty, you and your family can get expedited health care appointments through Penn Care Connects for Faculty: Call 267.758.4820.

Planning for Growing Your Family

Adoption Assistance 

Adoption Assistance helps ease the financial impact of bringing home a new child by providing reimbursement for up to $5,000 in eligible adoption expenses.helps ease the financial impact of bringing home a new child by providing reimbursement for up to $5,000 in eligible adoption expenses.

Flexible Work Options 

Flexible Work Options offer creative solutions for balancing work and family demands.

Lactation

Penn's Nursing Mothers Program provides support for new and expecting parents. Here you can find information about the Nursing Mother's Policy, lactation rooms, and other resources for nursing mother's.

Introduction to the Wellness Initiative and Lactation Program

Maternity Benefits and Leave

Child and Elder Care

Back-Up Care

Penn’s Backup Care program can help when your babysitter cancels at the last minute, your child has a school holiday or inservice, an elderly parent is visiting and can’t be left alone, or your spouse/partner needs assistance after surgery. Through our partnership with Care.com BackupCare, you can have temporary backup care in your home, at an out-of-town business location or at an adult relative’s residence any time (day or night, seven days a week, including holidays) from a caregiver who meets your family’s specific needs and expectations.

On-sight Childcare

The Penn's Children's Center is for children ages three months to five years. Located on the University campus, the Center is administered by the Department of Business Services at Penn. Enrollment in the Penn Children's Center is open to all members of the University and surrounding communities with preference given to faculty, staff and students of the University. Coming soon, Bright Horizons Child Care will be for children ranging from infant to kindergarten preparation. This center will hold 170 children, more information will be available soon.

Penn’s Summer Programs for Kids 

Penn’s Summer Programs for Kids offer an array of summer activities for children and teens.

School Strike and Closing Guidance

School Strike and Closing Guidance provides resources to help parents in the event of a school strike or closing.

Snow Day Childcare

Snow Day Child Care provides all-day care for children of Penn faculty and staff members when the University is open but Philadelphia public schools are closed due to inclement weather. Children ages 12 weeks to 12 years are eligible for the program, whether they attend a Philadelphia district school or not.

Public, Private, and Independent Schools

The links below will connect you with sites containing information on school systems in the Penn Medicine vicinity.

The Family Pet

Ryan Hospital at Penn Vet offers all Penn faculty and staff a 20% discount off hospital services and substantial discounts through the Ryan Hospital's Primary Care Service. They also offer a drop-off service for pets to minimize work-day interruptions. Lean more about the Ryan Hospital's clinical services or make an appointment.

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Financial Programs and Services

Banking

PNC WorkPlace Banking offers Penn faculty and staff a complete set of money management tools with exclusive features, benefits and rewards. Call or email Debra McAnney today 215-585-7207 or debra.mcanney@pnc.com.

Closing Cost Reduction Program

The Closing Cost Reduction Program (CCRP) offers mortgage financing options with discounted closing costs (.25% of mortgaged amount) to the University Community for the purchase and refinancing of homes.

Credit Union

Vacation and Holiday Club accounts, Discounts for New & Used Cars, Free $1000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance.

Enhanced Forgivable Loan

Eligible faculty and staff interested in living and/or currently residing in the West Philadelphia community can borrow up to $7,500 (with no interest and no monthly payments) for use towards home improvements including energy audits or retrofit.

Flexible Spending Accounts

A great way to save money on known dependent care, elder care and health care expenses.

Free Legal Services

Benefit from convenient access to qualified legal professionals. Receive 30 minutes of free legal consultations over the phone. The number of initial consultations per year on each new legal topic is limited. Call 1-888-321-4433 and select the options for work-life services.

Pennsavers

Pennsavers is a weekly email offering half-price tickets and special discounts for cultural events around the region.

Tax-Deferred Retirement Plan

If you choose to make your own contributions to your account, the University will provide Matching contributions up to 4% of your base salary (subject to Internal Revenue Code limitations).

Connect with Penn's Retirement Savings Plan providers online or by phone. You can also schedule a free on-campus counseling session where a representative can help you with your investment choices.

TIAA 877-736-6738

Vanguard 800-523-1188

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Getting Around

What should you do if your normal commuting mode is suddenly unavailable? Access the The Emergency Ride Home (ERH) Program! This service provides a "safety net" for commuters working in southeastern Pennsylvania who carpool, vanpool or use public transportation on a regular basis.

The Train and Bus System

SEPTA is a regional public transportation authority[4] that operates various forms of public transit services—bus, subway and elevated rail, commuter rail, light rail and electric trolleybus. SEPTA is the major transit provider for Philadelphia and its suburbs in Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks and Chester counties.The  SEPTA Map will help you with planning 

Do you know about our SEPTA Discounts? Compass Program (SEPTA): 10% discount on Transpasses and Trailpasses (on top of the first $240 being pre-tax) and Septa Pass Perks (for weekly or monthly SEPTA Pass only) offers discounts and other perks in and around Philadelphia.

Biking In

Penn has outstanding resources and benefits to encourage cycle commuting.  

Driving In

There are several lots to choose from, but you will need to purchase a permit.

Ride Share Options

Carpool

Current Penn Parking permit patrons can take advantage of discounts based on occupancy and location choices by teaming up to form a Carpool. Registration is on an annual basis and each carpool member will receive a pre-tax deduction via payroll. Carpool discounts: 25% for a two person car pool; 50% for a three person car pool; and 75% for a four person car pool. To enroll in the Carpool Program please click here: Carpool Program. Please send email to parking@upenn.edu if you would like additional information.

Car Sharing

If you only need a vehicle occasionally, car sharing is a good option. It gives you the benefits of owning a vehicle without the expenses and decreases congestion in and around campus. The University has contracted with car sharing companies, to provide incentives to members of the Penn Community to use car sharing for both departmental or personal use.

Vanpool

As part of Penn’s Sustainable Transportation Initiative, Penn Transportation and Parking has joined with VPSI, a national leader in vanpooling and sustainable transportation, to expand vanpooling options to Penn faculty and staff. Vanpooling helps ease traffic congestion in and around campus and supports Penn’s Climate Action Plan by lowering the University’s carbon footprint. For more information or to join a vanpool call VRide at 1-800-VAN-RIDE (826-7433) or visit www.vride.com.

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Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance benefits are administered by the Tuition Office in the Division of Human Resources. The Tuition Office makes final administrative determinations if any questions arise concerning an individual’s employment relationship with the University and eligibility for tuition assistance under the program.  

Tuition Benefit for Dependent Children Attending Other Colleges and Universities (Direct Grants)

The Direct Grant Program for dependent children assists faculty and staff in meeting the cost of college tuition for their children who attend undergraduate programs at accredited colleges or universities other than the University of Pennsylvania. Note that trade and technical programs are not covered. The faculty/staff member is responsible for managing the tuition benefit for his/her dependents in accordance with the policies and procedures below.

More Tuition Benefits

***Policy Manual Disclaimer

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University Attractions

Attractions and Events

Ice Rink at Class of 1923 Arena

Receive a discount of $1 off public skate admission price: 3130 Market. 

Penn Football

Franklin Field (gate SM) Staff Member + 4 (all free) Highlight: Penn Family Day. Note: You may NOT leave the game and come back in.

Penn Relays

Free admission (except the final). Where: Franklin Field When: Annually each April.

Groups and Clubs

Chess Club

Houston Hall, 1st floor, East end Sundays 2pm-5pm & Wednesdays (Blitz Tournament) 8 pm. 

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center

The LGBT Center offers mentorships, tons of space to study and socialize, a calendar full of events, and operates as a social and political hub for the queer community on campus. One of the oldest and most active LGBT centers in the country, they have been proudly serving the Penn queer community for over 30 years. 

Penn Club

Discount hotel rooms in NYC (yearly membership required).

Penn Women’s Center

A hub for all women's organizations on campus and a central locus for activity, advocacy and activism within the community.

More Things to Do at Penn

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