Mar 272012

The USFA Scholarship was established in 2004. Each year scholarship awards are made to eligible students of USFA Faculty members. The University of Saskatchewan makes an annual contribution to the fund of $250,000. In 2010/2011 a record number of 208 applications were received. Of these applicants, 196 students were eligible for partial tuition reimbursement. For the 2010/11 year the amount of $48.00 was awarded per credit unit for an average reimbursement of $1,251.18 per applicant.


Application deadline is May 1 2012

The scholarship is administered by the Student Awards Office and further information can be provided by contacting 966-2897.


Mar 272012

For the 9th year in a row, VGLI members will receive a contribution holiday. The duration of this year’s holiday is four months. The VGLI premiums for the months of March, April, May and June, 2012 will be paid for by the USFA VGLI Trust Fund.

The USFA is the sponsor of the VGLI plan and Manulife Financial is the plan carrier. This contribution holiday is possible because the USFA Executive established a Trust Fund in 1998 to ensure that any rebate of premiums would be used for the benefit of VGLI plan members.

The USFA hires an experienced Consultant to negotiate yearly plan renewal terms. There is no change in the cost of premiums for this insurance for the upcoming year.

Positive plan experience and premium refunds have allowed a surplus to build up. The Association invests any plan refunds under a Trust Agreement that permits the Association to use these funds to offset premium increases and to ensure that the premium rates for the life insurance remain competitive. We have also used the surplus to provide premium holidays for plan members.

The first use of the VGLI Trust Fund was to provide premium holidays to members in 1998 and 1999.  The trust funds have also been used to pay deficit recovery charges. Since 2003, the trust fund has been used to fund various yearly premium contribution holidays amounting to savings for each member in excess of one year’s premiums!  Last year, the VGLI Trust fund paid for a five month premium holiday.

Jan 252012

One long-standing feature of the Collective Agreement has been the Reduced Appointment Plan (RAP), which allows faculty members over 55 with at least 10 years of service to gradually downsize their careers by reducing to part-time without a corresponding reduction in benefits. The Collective Agreement states “[e]mployees who wish to participate in the Reduced Appointment […]