Benefits Office
Human Resources
201 Carter Drive, Suite 100
West Chester, PA 19383


  

 

Retirement and Savings Plan Information

Retirement and Savings Plan Information

Enrollment in the retirement program is available to all permanent, full-time and part-time employees. Eligibility for part-time employees varies based on position and pay schedule. Employees have 30 days from the first date of eligibility to select enrollment in either a state retirement program (SERS or PSERS) or to enroll in the Alternative Retirement Program (ARP), or the employee will be automatically enrolled in the SERS retirement plan. Once the retirement plan selection has been made, it cannot be changed. See the Retirement Programs Overview Guide and the Retirement Programs Comparison for more details. Questions regarding eligibility should be addressed to the university human resource office.


State Retirement Programs
The two state retirement programs offered to PASSHE employees (SERS and PSERS) are similar in that they determine the retirement benefit based on a fixed formula that considers years of service, age, and final average salary. The benefit amount is guaranteed and not affected by the investment earnings of the plan. Employees are 100% vested in a state retirement plan after 5 years of service (10 years if employment began after 1/1/2011). Visit the SERS or PSERS website for more information.


Alternative Retirement Plan
The Alternative Retirement Plan works very differently in the way it calculates retirement income. Employee and employer contributions are paid to the employee's retirement account and employees make investment decisions about their own account. The benefit is determined by the account balance, which is made up of all contributions plus any investment earnings. Employees may invest their ARP contributes with Fidelity Investments, ING, TIAA-CREF, or VALIC.