Thinking About Retirement

You may be eligible for Retiree Medical Benefits if you are age 55 or older and have completed 10 years or more of full-time benefits eligible service with the University after the age of 45.

Retirement Checklist

Your benefits as a current Officer end on the last day of the month in which you retire. To avoid a gap in your benefits as you make the transition to retirement, we recommend that you do the following:

  1. Notify your department or school in writing at least 90 days before your retirement date.
  2. Contact the Columbia University HR Benefits Service Center at 212-851-7000, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, to discuss your benefits and schedule an appointment with a Retirement Specialist.
  3. If you are 65 or older at the time of your retirement, and have not already done so, you have a 7-month window in which to contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) to enroll for Medicare. The enrollment window begins three months prior to your retirement and ends four months after your retirement.