Retirees

Important Notice about Contacting OHR

Due to a high volume of inquiries, there may be delays in response time.

If you have already submitted an inquiry, we ask that you please do not submit duplicate requests, as doing so may result in slower response times. Inquiries will be responded to as soon as possible; we appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

COVID-19: Information for Potential Retirees

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the temporary stoppage of in-person retiree sessions, please find information and various links to assist you if you are planning on retiring from the University at this time.

  • Steps Toward Retirement Checklist: It is recommended that you begin the retirement process at a minimum of three (3) months prior to your retirement date. The Steps Toward Retirement Checklist will assist you in your planning.
  • On-demand retiree information session: Review the recorded retiree information session for basic information about retiring from the University and related benefits. (The session slidedeck is also available.)
  • Medicare: You should apply for Medicare Part A online once you reach age 65 while you are working, as it is at no-cost to you. Medicare Part B is not required while you are actively working and have health coverage.
    • As part of the retirement process, 1-2 months prior to your retirement date, the Benefits Department will provide you with an employer verification form that should be mailed in with your Medicare Part B application to your local social security office. For more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov or www.medicare.go

If you have additional questions on retirement or eligibility, please contact Tammy Weaver at tew55@pitt.edu.

There is much to consider as you are approaching retirement. We encourage you to learn about the eligibility criteria, available benefits, and additional resources as a retiree of the University of Pittsburgh. 

The good news is that the administrative process is not that difficult and the best news is that the University of Pittsburgh provides a very substantial retiree benefits package to its eligible retirees and their eligible spouse or domestic partner. Surveys indicate that the University’s retirement benefits are amongst the best in the country amongst similar institutions. Pitt has been identified as an AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Award numerous times. This recognition is due in part to the benefits provided by the University.

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Retiree Status Eligibility

There are certain criteria that an individual must meet to be eligible to retire from the University of Pittsburgh. As you consider retiring, we encourage you to review the eligibility criteria and utilize the eligibility calculator. Review the criteria.

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Checklist: Steps Toward Retirement

It is recommended that you begin the retirement process at a minimum of three (3) months prior to your retirement date. The Steps Toward Retirement checklist will assist you in your planning to make sure you take the appropriate steps and understand any required actions. Review the checklist.

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Pre-65 Coverage

For those interested in retiring between the ages of 62 and 65, please review an overview of coverage and the benefits available to you as a pre-65 retiree. Learn more about pre-65 coverage.

Summary Guide for Pre-65 Retirees

Summary Guide for Retirees (January 1 - December 31, 2020): Online | PDF
This guide includes general information about retiring from the University, enrolling in retiree benefits, and more.

Summary Guide to Benefits (Plan Year 2020 - 2021)
This guide outlines the medical, dental, and vision plans available to you as a Pre-65 retiree/spouse/domestic partner.

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Post-65 Coverage

For those interested in retiring who are age 65 or older, please review an overview of coverage and the benefits available to you as a post-65 retiree. Learn more about post-65 coverage.

Summary Guides for Post-65 Retirees

2020
Post-65 Retiree Summary Guide (January 1 - December 31, 2020): Online | PDF
This guide includes information about retiring from the University, enrolling in retiree benefits, and more as a Post-65 retiree for calendar year 2020.

2021
Post-65 Retiree Summary Guide
(January 1 - December 31, 2021): Online | PDF
This guides includes information about retiring from the University, enrolling in retiree benefits, and more as a Post-65 retireee for calendar year 2021.

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Defined Dollar Benefit (DDB) Program

The Defined Dollar Benefit (DDB) program provides eligible retiring faculty and staff, and their eligible spouses/domestic partners, with a credit-based system to assist with paying for medical coverage. Learn more about the DDB program.

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Benefit Management Services (BMS)

UPMC Benefit Management Services (BMS), the University's retiree benefits service center, handles the general retiree program administration and various day-to-day operations. Services offered by BMS extend to individuals who are retired and who are eligible to be participants in the University of Pittsburgh health care insurance programs, as well as eligible family members. Learn more about BMS and how to contact them with questions.

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TIAA Counseling Sessions

You should begin to review your retirement accounts three to six months prior to retirement. Licensed financial counselors from TIAA are available for one-on-one appointments to review your accounts and discuss potential investment and distribution strategies. Connect with TIAA and schedule a counseling session.

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Helpful Tools for Planning & Preparing for Retirement

There are a variety of resources and tools to help you while you consider retirement or as you navigate life as a retiree from the University. Discover more resources.

Have a Question?

Explore the FAQ for the Office of Human Resources for answers to a variety of common questions.