Top Five Retirement Questions

1. What happens to my benefits when I retire?

Princeton University provides a wide variety of retiree benefits to faculty members upon their retirement from Princeton. To guide you through this important stage in your life and career, members of the Human Resources Benefits Team are available to assist you and can be reached at 609-258-3302 or by sending an email to [email protected]. The following links provide a brief summary of some of the major benefits but are not intended to replace a meeting with the Benefits Team.

The University reserves the right to change these benefits as necessary.

2. Will I have access to my research account(s) after I retire?

If you have unexpended funds in your research account when you retire, the remaining amount will be rolled forward and you will be able to continue to utilize these funds in support of your research after your retirement. Faculty who retire under the incentive plan will receive a supplemental $5,000 grant at the time of transfer to emeritus status to ease this transition. Visit our Benefits page for additional details.

3. Can I teach after I retire?

Opportunities for post-retirement teaching are determined by the department chair in consultation with the dean of the faculty, based on departmental needs and constraints. You are limited to one course a year up to an overall maximum over the entire retirement of three courses. Visit our Benefits page for additional details.

4. Can I continue to conduct research after I retire?

Emeritus faculty members may have additional appointments as Senior Scholars. Visit our Benefits page for additional details.

5. I have children who are attending college. What happens to the tuition grant?

If the individual becomes a Princeton University retiree on or after May 1, 2018, the eligible dependent children can apply for a tuition grant, as long as they were an eligible dependent as of the retirement date. Dependent children are not required to be participating in the plan as of the date of retirement. In addition, it is not a requirement that the child continues education in consecutive semesters.