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Financial planning for retirement

In times of uncertainty, financial planning is more important than ever. Columbia University's retirement planning and financial saving programs will help you plan your future and provide a foundation for your retirement income to supplement your personal savings, investments, and social security benefits. Now is a good time to explore the resources and tools available to you through our website and through our retirement partners - Vanguard and TIAA.

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You register via CUBES and make adjustments to pension accounts *. You manage your accounts, but you can find resources through the TIAA and Vanguard websites:

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  • vanguard (You must first register under 'Register for online access'. Follow the instructions and enter plan # 096141.)
  • TIAA (You must first register under 'New user account'.)

Important note for beneficiaries : Assign your beneficiaries in the Vanguard and TIAA plans through their websites (not just in CUBES).

* The retirement benefits may vary depending on the employment group.

Information on the 2019 pension contributions

  • Officers' retirement plan
  • SSA-Rentenplan
  • Support employee retirement plan
  • Voluntary Retirement Plan (VRSP)


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Eligibility of Support Staff University Pension Plan Voluntary Retirement Savings Program (VRSP) Resources & Legal Papers Retirement News Events & Training Frequently Asked Questions

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Voluntary Retirement Program (VRSP)

The VRSP is a 403 (b) retirement plan that gives you 1% to 80% of your eligible salary pre-tax (partially together with other taxes) and / or Roth after-tax (deducted Home Pay) basis, up to the annual IRS limit .

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  • Eligibility begins on the date of rental.
  • You are always 100% entitled to the value of your own contributions.
  • In the 2020-2021 period, the maximum contribution is $ 19,500 (plus $ 6,500 if you are over 50 for a total of $ 26,000).
  • The IRS limit applies to combined contributions, pre-tax and Roth.
  • In 2021, the IRS limits will be raised from $ 285,000 to $ 290,000.

There is a wide range of funds available to you to invest your savings in, available through TIAA and / or Vanguard.

Make sure you are signed in

Not sure if you are taking part in the VRSP? The easiest way to do this is to check your payroll.

To register with the VRSP, register with CUBES; Select “Retire” and follow the instructions.

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Your contributions

Pre-tax contributions

The pre-tax contributions to the VRSP will be deducted from your paycheck with withheld taxes.

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If you make pre-tax contributions, you can defer paying tax until you make a withdrawal from your retirement account.

Roth contributions

A Roth Contribution is money that you pay into your VRSP after taxes. Like the rest of your current salary, Roth contributions are taxable.

Since Roth contributions are paid into a VRSP after tax has been deducted, withdrawals are tax-free under certain rules.


Are you currently a retired Columbia officer or support professional or planning your retirement? For full information on benefits and planning resources, see the Retiree Benefits website.

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