Auto and Home Insurance Discounts
Local insurance agencies offering insurance discounts to Smith College employees:
Whalen Insurance Agency (PDF)
Smith offers back-up child care, through People's Institute, on days when school is closed, such as snow days and public school vacations. For more information on this child care benefit, please call (413) 585-2273.
Transit Subsidy & Mass Rides Program
The NuRide ride share program offers rewards when you walk, bicycle, take public transit, carpool and more. The program allows you to earn points each time you take a "green trip" then, redeem those points for rewards like local and national restaurant coupons, retailer discounts, and tickets to shows and attractions. In addition, NuRide will help you find someone to carpool with.
Transit Subsidy Program
Smith College recognizes that faculty and staff commuting to campus as the sole occupants of vehicles has an impact to the environment and imposes stress to availability of campus parking.
- Has been developed to complement a series of transportation demand management policies including parking opt-out, free passage on five college buses during the academic year, parking pass fees, free ride home and availability of two ride-sharing services all designed to work in concert to reduce the number of commuter trips by individuals in vehicles.
- Creates a more equitable transit subsidy system where employees who live in areas not served by Five College bus routes (those routes that are subsidized through Five Colleges, Inc. – PVTA routes B38, B39, M40 and B43) are eligible for reduced fares on other routes.
- Supports compliance with Massachusetts Rideshare regulations (310 CMR 7.16) (a state-wide air quality regulation and is part of the Commonwealth's plan to reduce air pollution and to achieve and maintain health-based federal quality standards).
- Satisfies Smith's commitment to the "Provision of Public Transportation," one of the "tangible actions" included within the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. This action is defined as follows: Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors to your institution.
The subsidy is valid only for employees who do not live in the area served by the Five College bus routes (those routes that are subsidized through Five Colleges Inc. – PVTA routes B38, B39, M40 and B43) which already offer free passage during the academic year.
Maximum IRS reimbursement limit is $230 per month. Reimbursement is not subject to income taxes per IRS Publication 15-B.
To receive reimbursement for a monthly transit pass, employees must fill out and submit a Transit Pass Reimbursement Form and provide proof of purchase (receipt) to the payroll office.
UMass Five College Credit Union
As a Smith College employee, you and your family may become members of the UMass Five College Federal Credit Union. The credit union offers many services and programs to assist members with college tuition costs:
Paying for College (PDF)
Student Loan Brochure (PDF)