This checklist is designed to help you through some of the important steps in planning for retirement. As you make the transition to retirement, we recommend that you do the following to avoid a gap in your benefits:
Attend "Retiring from UT Austin"
- This two-hour class provides an overview of retiree insurance enrollment, Social Security, Medicare and coordination with UT insurance, returning to work after retirement, and getting started with TRS or ORP. Sessions are offered on the main UT Campus the 2nd Wednesday of every month and at the Pickle Research Campus the 1st Friday of every month. Register online via UTLearn (EID and password required).
UT Retiree Insurance Enrollment
- Your insurance will not automatically continue when you retire. You must complete and submit forms to Human Resource Service Center (HRSC) 31 days prior to your retirement date (preferred). For eligibility and enrollment information, see Retiree Insurance Benefit Overview.
- Submit to the HRSC:
TRS Retirement (TRS Members Only)
- Contact TRS (email) or by phone (512-542-6400), 6 months prior to retirement (preferred) to allow sufficient time for completion of TRS required forms.
ORP Retirement (ORP Members Only)
Contact your ORP provider or financial advisor 3 months before retirement to review distribution options and beneficiary designations.
Group Term Life Conversion
If converting coverage greater than $50,000 to Individual Whole Life, contact HRSC for an application no later than 31 days after your retirement date. Information and premiums at FDL-Life, or phone 800-538-0379.
Long Term Care
Contact CNA (website) or by phone at 888-825-0353 no later than 31 days after your retirement date to request direct billing to your home address.
- Ensure your address and emergency contact information is current in the Employee Information System (UTDirect) or submit a Personal Information Update form to the HRSC.
- Complete the secure online beneficiary designation form for your UT Group Term Life Benefits. Log into My UT Benefits with your EID and password.
Medicare (available at age 65 or younger if due to a disability)
- Contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) at least 3 months before you need benefits to begin. Enroll in Medicare Parts A and B (website) or by phone at 800-772-1213. If over age 65 when you apply, request forms CMS-40B and CMS-L564. Take form CMS-L564 to HRSC to complete.
Social Security Benefits (available at age 62 or older)
Contact the SSA about 3 months before the date you want your benefits to start. Apply online at SSA, visit your local Social Security office, or phone 800-772-1213.
UTSaver Program (prior or current participants only)
Participants of UTSaver TSA 403(b) and UTSaver DCP 457(b) should contact their provider or financial advisor at least 3 months before retirement to review distribution options and beneficiary designations.
- Cancel current UTSaver participation as of the 1st of the month following employment separation.
Sick Leave Pool Donation
Your Sick Leave balance is not paid to you upon separation. However, you can donate your unused Sick Leave to the Sick Leave Pool. Sick Leave can be donated up to 12 months after your retirement date.