Redesign of Retirement (ERIP/SEPP)

On July 1, 2016, The University of Chicago redesigned our retirement program.

  • Staff employees will continue to participate in the Retirement Income Plan for Employees (ERIP), and this benefit will be enhanced by increasing the University's base contribution and providing a University match on voluntary employee contributions.
  • The Pension Plan for Staff Employees (SEPP) closed to new hires and currently enrolled employees will earn no additional benefits. The benefits earned in the SEPP as of June 30, 2016 will remain in the plan until you retire from or leave The University.

Voluntary ERIP Contribution Election

After June 1, 2016, visit to make your voluntary ERIP elections. Prior to making your elections please watch the Voluntary ERIP Election video. A Quick Reference Guide is available to assist you with the enrollment process. 


Retirement Plan for Employees (ERIP)

Staff employees will continue to participate in the Retirement Income Plan for Employees (ERIP), and this benefit has been enhanced by adding a matching contribution and increasing the University's base contribution.

  University Staff
Mandatory Employee Contribution 3.0% of pay
University Contribution 4.0% of pay
University Match on Voluntary Employee Contributions

200% match on additional, voluntary employee contribution up to 2.0%

(e.g. 4.0% maximum University matching contribution)

Total Possible Contribution  

8.0% (4.0% mandatory and

up to 4.0% voluntary match)


5.0% (3.0% mandatory and

up to 2.0% voluntary match)


Transition Benefit

Employees at least age 40 with ten or more years of participation in the retirement plan or age 45 regardless of years of participation will also receive a transition contribution to their ERIP Account for up to seven years or until termination date if earlier, based on the following schedule:

Age at Transition Years of Participation at Transition
0-10 Years 10+ Years
40-44 0.0% 2.0%
45-49 2.0% 4.0%
50+ 5.0% 7.0%

The Supplemental Retirement Program (SRP) is still available for your additional voluntary savings. The IRS sets limits on how much you can contribute to a 403(b) savings plan like ERIP and SRP. This means your combined voluntary contributions to ERIP and SRP cannot exceed $18,000 in 2016. (The mandatory contribution does not count toward this limit). Employees who are age 50 or over at the end of the calendar year can also make catch-up contributions up to $6,000 in 2016.




Frequently Asked Questions

A list of frequently asked questions regarding Plan Changes, SEPP Benefits, 403(b) Benefits, Transition Benefits, Leaving the University, Resources and Planning is available for you under Related Documents.


Personalized Statement

A Retirement Program Overview Brochure and a Personalized Statement have been mailed to your home. It includes how your benefit is calculated and the benefit you have accrued as of December 31, 2015. A final statement of your accrued benefit through June 30, 2016 has been mailed to your home in late September 2016.


Financial Counselor

You have access to individual financial support from TIAA. This is an opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation and ask questions. To schedule a counseling appointment please contact the vendor directly.

TIAA 800-732-8353

Investment Options

Contact TIAA or Vanguard if you would like to change your investment options. You can select from a variety of investment options to help grow your retirement savings.




Benefits Office

If you have questions on the plan change, please do not hesitate to take advantage of the personal assistance that our Benefit Specialists can provide. Benefit Specialists can be reached Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by phone at 773-702-9634 or email at