Retirement Plans

Princeton University Retirement Plan

The Princeton University Retirement Plan (PURP) is a defined contribution plan to which the University contributes a percentage of your base salary to your retirement account after each pay period. Participants become fully vested in the PURP after 30 months of service.  Service at a previous employer may count towards vesting credit.  To learn more about the PURP, please visit


Princeton University Retirement Savings Plan

Faculty members wishing to increase their post-retirement income can make pretax and/or after-tax (Roth) contributions through payroll deductions to the Princeton University Retirement Savings Plan (the Plan).   Upon hire, employees are automatically enrolled in the Plan at a 5% pre-tax contribution.  This automatic enrollment election will remain in effect unless and until you make a separate election to reduce your compensation by a different percentage or to stop contributing entirely.  The contributions deducted from a participant’s pay are invested through TIAA as directed by the participant.  To learn more about the Plan, please visit

If there are any discrepancies between the information in this publication, verbal representations, and the plan documents, the plan documents always govern. Although Princeton intends to continue these benefits, the University reserves the right to amend or terminate these plans at any time. Any inquiries concerning details of the benefit listed here should be addressed to the Office of Human Resources at (609) 258-3300. More detailed information can also be found on the Human Resources website.

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