Life Insurance

Life insurance provides financial protection for you and your loved ones in the event of a tragedy. Penn offers varied life insurance benefits for our various employees.

Faculty and staff enrolled in any of the University’s life insurance plans also have pre-planning and at-need funeral and concierge services through MetLife, Penn’s life insurance carrier. MetLife provides documents about settling an estate, grief counseling, and will preparation services


Contact the Benefits Solution Center


Life Insurance Benefits

Full-time Faculty and Staff

A full range of life insurance options for you and your dependents:

Part-time Faculty and Staff

Optional life insurance coverage for you:

Collective Bargaining Units

The provisions of applicable agreements govern the Health and Welfare benefits available:

Choosing a Beneficiary

Once you enroll in a plan, you need to choose a beneficiary to receive your life insurance payment. You can choose as many beneficiaries as you'd like, whether it's your spouse, child, or other family and friends. You can even choose an entity like a charity, trust or your estate as your life insurance beneficiary.


Use Penn’s online benefits enrollment site to enroll, name a beneficiary, or change insurance options.

Funeral Planning Support and Services

You also have access to funeral planning services through the University's life insurance benefit. MetLife has partnered with Dignity Memorial Funeral Planning and Concierge Service to offer pre-planning and at-need services for you, your spouse, and your dependent children—at no additional cost to you.

These services include online planning tools as well as 24-hour assistance throughout the funeral process. You may also access services for your parents, in-laws or other relatives through Dignity at a fee. For more information on Dignity, or to create an online profile and use their planning tools, visit or call 866-853-0954. 

Reporting a Death for a Claim

To report the death of an insured employee, an eligible dependent, or a retiree, email or call the Benefits Solution Center at 866-799-2329. 

Once the University Benefit Office has been notified, they will contact the family with detailed instructions, then send the claim to MetLife for processing. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing after MetLife has received all the necessary documentation.