Frequently Asked Questions

I’m thinking about retiring. Where do I start?

Good for you! – It’s never too early to start planning for your retirement. Check out these pre-retirement planning resources.  HR Services & Transitions Center also hosts a four-part pre-retirement planning seminar series each semester; contact (607) 255-3936 or for details.

How will my benefits change when I retire?

Take a look at the Retiree Benefits area. There you’ll find details regarding health plans, savings, and insurance. You can also download the “Retirement and Beyond” booklet for Endowed (pdf) or Contract College (pdf) employees.

Can I continue to use my Cornell email?

Yes! One of the perks of retirement is the continuation of your Cornell email privileges. Check out some of the others!

What about my NetID?

Retirees who are receiving Cornell benefits will retain their NetID. Don’t forget that when you retire, you’ll need to obtain a new retiree ID card.

Is there a Cornell retiree group or organization I can join?

The Cornell Retirees Association is open to all Cornell employees and their spouses. Retirees are automatically enrolled; membership is voluntary and there are no annual dues. The Cornell Academics & Professors Emeriti is open to retired faculty.

I’ve heard about retirees going back to work?

It’s called an “encore career” – and it’s an exciting trend that can keep retirees personally fulfilled and engaged with their communities. Find out more about how an encore career might work for you.

No more Ithaca winters for me – I’m retiring somewhere with palm trees! Who do I need to notify at Cornell to continue my benefits?

Contact HR Services & Transitions Center at (607) 255-3936 or And send us a few seashells!