Faculty Retirement Plan

Faculty members and P&A staff save for retirement through the Faculty Retirement Plan (FRP), which is a 401(a) retirement plan for tax-deferred contributions.

Access Your Retirement Plan

For first-time users, you can find help with NetBenefits here.

On Fidelity's NetBenefits site, you can:

  • Access your account
  • Make changes to your investments
  • Find investment performance

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Who Can Participate

The Faculty Retirement Plan is for employees with an appointment of at least nine months who are:

  • Faculty Members
  • Administrative Staff
  • Professional Staff
  • Extension Services

When Do You Join the Plan

Eligible employees will participate in the plan the first day of the first full pay period commencing after hire or transfer to an eligible appointment.

How Much You Invest

If you started at the University after January 2, 2012, you contribute 5.5% of covered salary and the University contributes 10%. These are required contributions and participation is mandatory. Academic employees who started before that date contribute 2.5% of covered salary, while the University contributes 13%.

Covered salary includes:

  • Basic appointment salary
  • Administrative augmentation
  • Commutation allowance
  • Increment
  • Regents' Professor stipend
  • Nine-month appointee summer research and summer session instructional earnings

All other earnings are excluded.

Contribution Limits

Federal tax law limits combined employee and employer contributions to the plan, which are subject to cost-of-living increases. The contribution limits are based on when you joined the plan and the limit for the current year:

  • Before 1996: Your contribution limit is $57,000 for 2020.
  • After 1996: Your contribution limit is $44,175 for 2020 (or 15.5% of covered compensation up to $285,000).

Vesting

All funds in the plan are fully vested, so University contributions, your contributions, and any investment earnings belong to you with no waiting period. You may not assign the benefits or borrow against them if you're a participant in the FRP.