Mandatory Retirement Plan - Staff & FT Faculty

The College provides retirement benefits through a 403(b) tax-deferred defined contribution plan - the Mandatory Retirement Plan. Eligibility criteria and waiting periods for this plan vary by classification of employment. An employee who meets the eligibility requirements must contribute, as a condition of employment, 3% of base salary on a pre-tax basis. The College provides a 9% contribution. Upon enrollment, all contributions are 100% vested. 

Emerson provides staff employees credit towards participation in the Mandatory Retirement plan based on previous employment at other accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities. The new staff employee has their former employer complete and submit a Verification of Service Credit Form verifying that they have been employed by another higher educational institution for at least two years, at at least 1000 hours per year, and that this employment immediately preceded their employment at Emerson College (within 120 days). The former employer also verifies that the employee was in an employment classification eligible to receive employer contributions (even if in a waiting period when they left employment) in a broad-based employee retirement program, such as a 403(b) plan, 401(k) plan or a qualified pension or savings plan.


For detailed information about the plan, see the 403b Summary Plan Description.

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