University of Southern California

USC Benefits

Local 11 life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance

USC provides comprehensive group life insurance, and a suite of other benefits, through Minnesota Life Insurance Company (Securian).

Life insurance protects your family financially in the event of your death. Money is generally paid income tax free to your beneficiaries, who can use the money for any purpose.

AD&D insurance pays a pre-determined amount to your beneficiaries in the event of your death in an accident (for example, a car crash). AD&D pays lesser amounts to you or your beneficiaries for various types of accidental injuries that result in the loss of limbs, speech or hearing.

In the event of an accident or death, Benefits will file a claim on your behalf once we are notified. In order to finalize a life insurance claim we need an original death certificate to send to Minnesota Life.

Our life insurance carrier, Minnesota Life, does not pay proceeds directly to minors (under age 18 in most states). We require a certified copy of court-issued letters of guardianship (or conservatorship) for the property (or estate) of the minor. Note that there are two types of guardianship: property and person. Minnesota Life requires guardianship for the property (estate).

Coverage type Coverage options Additional information
Basic Term Life
  • One times base compensation
  • $50,000 maximum coverage
  • University-paid (no enrollment required)
  • Coverage reduces to 65 percent at age 65 and 50 percent at age 70
Basic Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D)
  • $25,000
  • Covers eligible employee and dependents
  • University-paid (no enrollment required)
Group Universal Life (GUL) or Variable Group Universal Life (VGUL) 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x, or 5x base compensation
  • Maximum coverage is $2,500,000
  • Eligibility for GUL or VGUL is determined by your base compensation
Dependent Term Life Spouse/RDP Child
  • A spouse/registered domestic partner (RDP) is not eligible for coverage if he or she is a benefits-eligible USC faculty or staff member
  • Children are eligible from live birth to age 26
Option 1:   $5,000 $5,000
Option 2:   $10,000 $10,000
Option 3:   $20,000 $20,000
Option 4:   $50,000 $25,000
Voluntary AD&D

    Faculty/staff plan

  • $25,000 increments up to $500,000
  • Family plan

  • Spouse/RDP (with children): 50 percent
  • Spouse/RDP (no children): 60 percent
  • Each child (with spouse/RDP): 20 percent
  • Each child (no spouse/RDP): 25 percent
  • Family plan provides dependent AD&D coverage as a percentage of the amount you elect
  • $25,000 age reductions begin at age 70

Manage your life insurance benefit online

Minnesota Life provides a secure website,, which you may access to enroll in and manage your life insurance benefit. Use the LifeBenefits website to:

  • View additional information about your life insurance plan, including coverage amounts and premiums
  • Enroll for coverage and submit Evidence of Insurability (EOI) requirements
  • Designate your beneficiaries
  • Change your coverage or account information
  • Manage your cash accumulation account
  • Use a variety of online resources to help with life insurance decisions, including the insurance needs calculator

Access the LifeBenefits website

  • Visit LifeBenefits website
  • User ID: Enter USC followed by your 7-digit employee ID number (can be found on your paycheck stub)
  • Password: Enter your 8-digit date of birth followed by the last 4 digits of your Social Security number (for example, if your date of birth was August 2, 1960 and the last 4 digits of your Social Security number were 1234, you would enter 080219601234 as your password)

You may enroll or make changes at any time, but you must be actively at work, and EOI may be required if enrolling after your initial eligibility period. Enroll within 30 days of hire to avoid EOI; coverage begins the first of the month after enrollment.

LifeSuite services

As an insured under the university-paid basic plan, you and your dependents have access to the following tools and resources.

  • Legal services—Ceridian provides telephone access to a national network of 22,000+ accredited attorneys for consultation on simple wills, estate planning documents and other legal issues. Discounts are available for participating attorneys. Contact Ceridian at (877) 849-6034 or visit (user name: will password: preparation).
  • Travel assistance services—Global Rescue provides 24-hour travel assistance, emergency medical and security transport services, and pre-travel resources. Global Rescue's services are available when traveling for business or pleasure 100 or more miles away from home. Contact Global Rescue at 1(855) 516-5433 (toll free U.S. and Canada), +1(617) 426-6603 (international), or visit
  • Legacy planning services—These resources are designed to help individuals and families work through end-of-life issues when dealing with the loss of a loved one or planning for their own passing. Visit
  • Beneficiary financial counseling—Beneficiaries who receive at least $25,000 in policy benefits may choose to use independent beneficiary counseling services from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). Contact Benefits for assistance.


Contact Minnesota Life Customer Service at 1(800) 843-8358 or e-mail