Retirement Planning

Syracuse University provides a retirement benefit through TIAA-CREF that is among the most generous of its peer organizations. Upon reaching your one-year anniversary, you will begin receiving a University contribution of 10% of your base salary toward your retirement, subject to University policy and the terms of the plan. If you are coming from another four-year institution, you may be eligible to waive your one-year waiting period. The waiver form and directions are available below.

If you wish to actively manage your investments, there are many options from which you can choose. If you do not wish to actively manage your investments, you can participate in Target Date Funds, which are investments designed with a target retirement date in mind.

You may also begin contributing to your own retirement through the TIAA-CREF Voluntary Supplemental Retirement Account (SRA) and designate your contributions as either pre-tax Traditional 403b or after-tax Roth 403b. The Roth 403b contributions and earnings are generally tax-free when withdrawn as a qualified distribution. You may begin or adjust your contributions at any time using the Voluntary Salary Reduction forms below.

Syracuse University employees who wish to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a TIAA-CREF advisor should call 1-855-842-CUSE (2873) for meetings on campus, or at the local TIAA-CREF office at 250 South Clinton Street, Suite 310 in Syracuse.

In addition to TIAA-CREF, Syracuse University offers a number of other benefits to retirees.

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Questions? Contact the HR Service Center at 443-4042 or e-mail