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Retirement & Investment Plans

The University of Illinois offers a comprehensive retirement package to help plan for future financial stability. This includes participation in the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) and two optional retirement plans (403(b) and 457(b) plans).

Find information about the Retirement plans three ways - by plan, by your stage of employment, or browse resources in our Retirement Knowledge Center.

Retirement & Investment Plans

State Universities Retirement System (SURS) - State plan, mandatory participation for eligible employees.

Optional Plans:
University of Illinois Supplemental 403(b) Retirement Plan - optional individual investment account with pre-tax and Roth (post-tax) options.
State of Illinois 457 Deferred Compensation Plan - optional individual investment account, exempt from State of Illinois income tax, even at the time of distribution.

Stages of Employment

New Employee | Mid-Career Employee | Terminating Employment | Preparing to Retire & Retiree

Retirement Knowledge Center

Orientation Sessions, Seminars, Webinars & Counseling - find opportunities to learn more about the retirement plans.
Rollover or Consolidation of Prior Employer Retirement Plan - information on consolidating previous employer plans with the University of Illinois retirement plans.
Retirement Exit Checklist for Employees
Resignation Retirement Form for Employees
Exit Checklist for Departments/Units
Retirement Checklists - information to consider at each stage of employment.
Plan Contacts - phone, address, and web contacts for each retirement plan.
403(b) & 457 Comparison Chart - side by side comparison of plan features.
Investment Basics - some basic investment terms defined.
Plan Well, Retire Well: Your How-To Guide - written by University of Illinois Extension educators and specialists, this website is designed to help adults plan for future financial security.
7 Principles of Investing in a Volatile Market - Fidelity publication
Creating a Plan for Lifetime Income - Fidelity publication
Living Well in Retirement - TIAA-CREF publication




Information provided on NESSIE is general in nature about matters of interest to University of Illinois employees. This information is not legal, financial, or tax advice. You should consult with a legal, financial, or tax professional for assistance with your individual circumstances.


Maintained by University Human Resources | Contact Information | Last Update: 16-January-2013 | ID: 126