Retiring from WPI

WPI offers generous retirement benefits to part-time and full-time employees. From an employer contribution program to an ability to participate in a phased retirement plan for tenured faculty, our team will help you prepare for life after retirement.  

Planning for Retirement

Contributing at WPI

Employees may make retirement contributions while employed at WPI. Eligibility is described in the Benefits & Policies Manual (PDF). A form for salary reduction will be required for automatic payroll deductions.

Employer Contributory

Employees are eligible to participate in WPI’s retirement plan. After the employee has been employed by WPI for one year, employees contribute 5 percent of their base salary and WPI contributes 11 percent in an annual calculation. See more information about the employer contributory and retirement savings information in the Benefits & Policies Manual (PDF).

Giving Notice

Employees are advised to provide as much notice as possible when planning to retire. Doing so gives WPI the opportunity to hire and train your replacement while you make decisions on benefit-related matters.

When a final date is determined, submit a letter of intent to the Division of Talent & Inclusion outlining your intention to retire and indicating your final day of employment at WPI. A benefits transition meeting will be scheduled prior to your last day of employment.

Benefits After Retirement

Upon retirement, you have the option of continuing both your health insurance through COBRA and your life insurance. Many benefits available to active employees have conversion options for retirees as well. These will be discussed during your benefits transition meeting.

Retirement Accounts

You may schedule an appointment with WPI’s investment advisor through either TIAA and/or Fidelity. Your options for accessing your retirement monies, according to the rules of your plan(s), will be explained.

  • Please call 1-800-642-7131 or use the online tool to make an on-campus appointment with Fidelity
  • Please call 1-800-732-8353 to make an on-campus appointment with TIAA

You may start collecting partial payments from Social Security at age 62. You will not be eligible to receive your entire monetary benefit from Social Security until you reach full retirement age. (This is defined by the Social Security Administration according to the year you were born.) For more details, visit the Social Security Administration website.

Email Accounts

You may continue to use your WPI email account after retirement. Contact the Division of Talent & Inclusion for assistance.

Employment After Retirement

You may continue to work at WPI after retirement on a part-time, temporary basis, depending on the needs of the university.

Phased Retirement Plan (PRP) for Tenured Faculty

The Phased Retirement Plan (PDF) allows certain faculty members to partially retire (or retire in planned stages) while continuing to provide services to the university and receive selected benefits.