Eastern Michigan University

Human Resources

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Benefits

Develops, implements, counsels and enrolls all faculty and staff in specific benefit programs. Processes all benefit claims. Administers the employee tuition waiver program. Administers all University retirement programs and processes tax deferred annuity plans.

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New Retirement Planning Workshops

2014 Horizons Retirement Planning - For employees within 2 years of retirement.  

The next workshop will be held in March 2015
 

Click this link for a PDF of the April 2014 Workshop materials, or click on each presentation below.

EMU Retirement Benefits Presentation

Social Security Administration Presentation

BCBSM Medicare Advantage Presentation

TIAA-CREF Booklet - Making the Most of Your Retirement

Aetna-Estate Planning Services

Aetna-Funeral Planning Services

Coming in October 2014

  • Retirement Planning Workshop for employees planning to retire within the next 2-5 years.
  • Financial Planning for Women.  

Other EMU Retirement-related Info

Retiring from EMU Brochure

Click this link for a brochure that summarizes your retirement benefits.

Leaving EMU Before Retirement

Click this link for a brochure that provides information on your benefit coverages when your EMU employment ends for reasons other than retirement.

Emeritus Benefits for Faculty

Emeritus Benefits for Staff

 

Helpful Links to External Websites

Affordable Care Act - Healthcare Marketplace (www.healthcare.gov)

Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) (www.michigan.gov/orsschools)

Social Security Administration (www.ssa.gov)

TIAA-CREF (www.tiaa-cref.org)

  

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Obtaining a Loan or Withdrawal from your Supplemental Retirement Account

Loan Administration Procedures from 403 (b) Voluntary Retirement Plan

  1. The employee must have a Group Supplemental Annuity, 403 (b), in place before applying for a loan.
  2. The employee must contact TIAA-CREF at 1-800-842-2776 to request a loan.
  3. TIAA-CREF will verify if the employee is eligible for a loan based upon outstanding loan balance and account fund availability.
  4. After availability verification, TIAA-CREF will provide the employee with a loan application.
  5. The employee must complete the loan application and have a designated person in the Benefits Office sign off on the application.
  6. The employee then submits the application to TIAA-CREF

Hardship Withdrawal Administration Procedures from 403 (b) Voluntary Retirement Plan

  1. The employee must have a Group Supplemental Annuity, 403 (b), in place before applying for a hardship.
  2. Employees must apply for a loan and be turned down prior to requesting a hardship withdrawal.
  3. The employee must contact TIAA-CREF, at 1-800-842-2776, in order to request the loan/hardship, whichever is applicable.
  4. Hardships are issued for mortgage payments, taxes, medical payments, funeral expenses and for post secondary college (Employee & Dependents).
  5. TIAA-CREF will verify if the employee is eligible for a loan based upon outstanding loan balance and account fund availability. If the employee is not eligible for a loan, then a hardship can be processed. If the employee is eligible for the loan, please see Procedures for Loans.
  6. After availability verification, TIAA-CREF will provide the employee with the hardship application.
  7. The employee must complete the hardship application and have a designated person in the Benefits Office sign off on the application.
  8. The employee then submits the application to TIAA-CREF.
  9. Upon receiving the notification from TIAA-CREF of the hardship approval, the Benefits Office will end the employee's voluntary 403 (b) supplemental retirement deduction in Banner and then set it up to begin again in six (6) months
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