Programs, Perks & Discounts for Retirees

How to access your retiree programs

Retiree ID Card

Your Retiree ID card is the key to taking advantage of many of the perks and discounts available to Cornell retirees! You can get one from the University Registrar, located at B07, Day Hall, on or after your retirement date. No appointment is necessary; business hours are M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Call (607) 255-4232. with questions.

Retiree ID cards are also available at the Onboarding Center at the East Hill Office Building, 395 Pine Tree Road, Suite 130. Please call in advance, (607) 255-0056 to schedule an appointment.

Retiree Programs

Communications

  • Cornell Retiree Newsletter : Stay up to date with the latest news and events for Cornell retirees
  • Cornell Chronicle : Official publication of Cornell University
  • Pawprint : News for Cornell staff, faculty, and retirees
  • Ezra : Cornell University magazine
  • In Memory : The Cornell community remembers current faculty, students, and staff who have died

 

Perks

CFCU Community Credit Union

If you are a member when you retire, you can remain a member with the same privileges as an active employee. Visit mycfcu.com or call (607) 257-8500 with questions.

TCAT Bus

Use your CU ID card to ride TCAT buses Monday-Friday in TCAT’s Zone One (includes City of Ithaca, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Kendal, the hospital, airport, and mall). A value of $1.50 each ride! Retirees may also choose anywhere, anytime TCAT transit privileges ($600 value) in lieu of an annual Cornell parking permit.

Parking (Ithaca campus)

Stop at a Parking and Information Booth and show your Retiree ID to request a one-day, no-fee O or R permit ($6 value). All retirees are eligible for a free O parking permit valid in all O, E, and A areas, or a free R parking permit valid in all R, E, and A areas ($350 value). Retirees with 25+ years of service can request ten one-day Z permits per year for free. Visit the Parking Services website for details as well as information about accessible parking permits.

Courses at Cornell 

Retirees are eligible to enroll in up to six credit hours per semester at no charge. Enroll through Continuing Education and Summer Sessions in B20 Day Hall, (607) 255-4987. You will need permission from the course instructor and a representative of Benefit Services.

Libraries

Cornell retirees are entitled to full library privileges – your ID is your library card.

Cornell email 

Retirees can continue to use their Cornell email address. For questions about other computer access, email the IT Service Desk, or call (607) 255-5500.

Athletic events

Retirees with 25 years of service, or emeritus professors are offered two tickets to all athletic contests except Men’s Ice Hockey and post-season contests. All other retirees with 10-24 years of service continue to be eligible for the same privileges they enjoyed while employed. Visit the Cornell Big Red website for schedules and more information.

Athletic Facilities

Retirees can enjoy discounted memberships or use of athletic facilities, including:

Cornell Recreation Connection (CRC)

The CRC encourages camaraderie and the Cornell spirit among staff, faculty, and retirees through social experiences and recreational events, including popular monthly discounted day trips to New York City and other destinations.

Events

Take advantage of the wealth of cultural events that take place on campus. Many are free or discounted for seniors and retirees.

Cornell Wellness

Retirees and their spouses/partners can choose from a wide range of activities, lectures and workshops that support fitness, nutrition, and well-being. Swimming, healthy aging, cooking, yoga, knitting, and meditation are just a few of the many programs available. Visit the Cornell Wellness website for all the details.

Statler Club

Emeriti faculty are automatically members of the Statler Club and do not pay dues. Memberships are open to any retired member of university faculty or exempt staff who have been a member in good standing for a period of at least five years. Call (607) 254-2589 for details.

Cornell Club New York

Retired Cornell faculty and staff are eligible to join the Cornell Club in New York city at a discounted membership rate, in addition to the waived initiation fee.

Cornell Club – Regional Club Connections

Retired faculty and staff who have moved away and are interested in maintaining connections with Cornellians in their area can contact their regional Cornell Club. See a listing of clubs by state.

 

Discounts

Personal Purchase Discounts

Your Cornell ID can save you money with a range of local and nationwide products and services, including retailers. The Division of Financial Affairs maintains an updated listing. Please note that not all discounts apply to retirees.