Carnegie Mellon University


As you prepare to retire from the university, there are steps you should take to ensure you receive all the benefits you are entitled to in your retirement. The Office of Human Resources and our retirement plan vendor provide resources to help you through the process.

  1. Three to Six Months Prior to Retirement:
  2. Two to Three Months Prior to Retirement:
    • Review your retirement savings account balances and investments.
    • Schedule an appointment to meet with a TIAA counselor to review retirement benefits and distribution options. Information on one-on-one counseling sessions can be found at Retirement Education.
    • If you are eligible, contact the Social Security Administration to calculate and/or start your monthly Social Security retirement income benefit and to enroll in Medicare Parts A and B.
    • Schedule an appointment with the Office of Human Resources to discuss the retiree medical options available through the university and obtain any enrollment forms necessary to enroll in coverage through the university.
  3. One Month Prior to Retirement:
    • Re-confirm your retirement date with your department. Submit an official resignation letter to your manager if you have not already done so.
    • If you choose to enroll in a medical plan through the university, submit the required forms to the Office of Human Resources.
    • Contact TIAA to initiate any type of distributions.
See Leaving the University for last-day obligations and information on PTO payout.
  • If you would like to obtain a Retiree ID Card, visit ID Card Services.
  • If you have questions about your final paycheck or payment of accrued PTO, contact HR Employee Services.
  • If you have questions about your retirement savings distributions, contact TIAA.
  • If you move or relocate, please notify the following parties to ensure any tax documents, plan notices and open enrollment materials are directed to your new address:
    • HR Employee Services for tax documents
    • CMU Office of Human Resources for retiree medical
    • TIAA for retirement savings


Employee Assistance Program — resources to assist with retirement planning

COBRA — for retirees age 60–64

Retiree Medical — for retirees age 65+

OSHER Institute for Lifelong Learning — learning and social enrichment opportunities

Will Preparation Service [pdf] — for employees who purchase Optional Life & AD&D

Estate Resolution Services [pdf] — for employees who purchase Optional Life & AD&D

University Policy on Emeritus Faculty

Retirement Options for Tenured Faculty