Retirement plan contributions are paid by the University and participation is mandatory.
Regular non-exempt employees participate in the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System.
Regular full-time faculty and exempt staff participate in either the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP). View a comparison of plans.
TN Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS)
The Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System is the retirement plan that covers employees of the State of Tennessee, public colleges and universities, and public elementary and secondary schools. The member makes no contributions to the plan. TCRS retirement benefits are computed under a formula which uses the average of the member's highest five consecutive years of salary (while a member of TCRS) and the years of service credited in TCRS. Employees participating in TCRS are vested after 5 years of service.
All contributions made to the Optional Retirement Program are 100% vested from the date of contribution. The member makes no contributions to the plan. ORP retirement benefits are based on the member's account balance and the member's age at the time benefits begin. You may choose from one or more of the three investment companies:
- Valic Retirement (local representative Celeste Friend @ 423-227-0281)
- ING Aetna (representative Ed Stewart @ 615-627-5936)
- TIAA-CREF (representative John Reeder @ 866-842-2336 ext 252916)
ORP (Optional Retirement Program) Transition (3/30/10)
In July 2010, there were significant changes in the Tennessee Optional Retirement Program (ORP) administered by the State of Tennessee Treasury Department. Due to the nature of some of the changes, your action will be needed. ORP participants will receive detailed information sent to their home address. Read MORE...
Health Insurance during Retirement
If you qualify under the State of Tennessee’s Insurance Committee rules, you may continue insurance coverage for yourself and your dependents into retirement. Eligible retirees must have at least ten years of employment to continue insurance coverage and age restriction may apply. Accumulated unused sick leave may be counted. Total retirement creditable service determines the premiums paid for coverage.
- 2012 Retiree Insurance Monthly Premium (below age 65)
- 2013 Retiree Insurance Monthly Premium (below age 65)
Once you become Medicare eligible, and you are retired, your primary insurance will be Medicare Part A (Hospital), Part B (Medical) and Part D (Prescriptions), and you may not continue the State’s basic group health insurance. At that point, the State offers The Tennesee Plan, a Medicare supplement insurance, to help cover some of the expenses that Medicare does not.
- 2013 Medicare Supplement Monthly Premium (age 65 and over)
What happens to my benefits when employment with UT ends?
Generally, your participation in UT-sponsored benefit plans stops when your UT employment ends. You may, however, be able to continue some benefits for a limited time. Read MORE...