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Retirement Planning

Review your Retirement Savings Plans

Cornell has partnered with Fidelity and TIAA to host a series of free webinars to help you prepare for your future!

The dedicated educational consultants from both Fidelity and TIAA will be at these free webinars to answer your general questions!  You do not have to have an account with either Fidelity or TIAA and can attend as many seminars as you’d like.

Step 1: Attend a Retirement & Beyond Seminar

Planning for life after retirement should involve not only looking at one's finances; there are other considerations, including health care. Attend a seminar that outlines the changes to your benefits as you prepare to transition into retirement.


Thursday, September 12, 2024

  • 1:30 - 3:00 pm   

Register Endowed Sept. 12

Thursday, December 5, 2024

  • 10:00 - 11:30 am  

Register Endowed Dec. 5      

Contract College

Thursday, September 12, 2024

  • 10:00 - 11:30 am

Register CC Sept. 12

Thursday, December 5, 2024

  • 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Register CC Dec. 5

Step 2: Review the Retirement & Beyond Booklet 

The Retirement & Beyond booklets provide an overview of what you should consider as you prepare for retirement, and what happens to your benefits when you retire. Note that there are different booklets based on whether you are retiring from an Endowed or a Contract College position.

Step 3: Meet one-on-one with a counselor in our HR Services and Transitions Center

Our trained counselors can discuss your specific questions, and help you to plan for your future benefit needs.  They may also be able to connect you to other Cornell resources or resources available in our local community.  To make an appointment with an HR Services and Transitions Center counselor:

Contact the HR Services and Transitions Center:

(607) 255 - 3936; (TTY) 711
395 Pine Tree Road, Suite 110, East Hill Office Building, Ithaca, NY 14850

Our counselors can also assist you with the contact information and how you can arrange a one-on-one meeting with a representative from your particular retirement savings plan or program (i.e., NYSERS, ORP, CURP, TDA, 457(b)). 

Frequently Asked Questions

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!