Current Retiree - Officers Retirement Programs

As an Officer of Columbia University, you were eligible for two types of retirement savings plans:

  • Columbia University Retirement Plan for Officers (the University contributed to a retirement plan on your behalf)
  • Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan (you contributed to a retirement plan and made contributions through paycheck deductions.

There are several options available to you at retirement for these plans. You can either:

  • Leave your assets in their current investments until age 70½; 
  • Roll over the assets to a successor plan (e.g. an IRA); or
  • Take a lump sum distribution.

    For more information, contact TIAA or Vanguard 


Phone: 1-800-842-2252


University Retirement Plan #: 100430

Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan #: 100431



Phone: 1-800-523-1188


University Retirement Plan #: 090067

Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan #: 096141

If you participated in the Columbia University 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan, upon retirement you may:

  • Take a lump sum distribution
  • Transfer assets to a new employer's eligible 457(b) Plan
  • Set up fixed period payments
  • Defer until age 65 or 70½

For more information, please contact Vanguard.

Note: A decision for your 457(b) plan must be made within 150 days of your retirement date.