Retirement Programs

*To help non-exempt staff eligible for the Choice program make the best decision for their retirement plan by October 23, the Office of Human Resources has made the following information available here.

Retirement Programs

For Non-exempt Staff

Employees’ Pension Plan: Non-exempt staff of the University participate in the Employees’ Pension Plan upon meeting the eligibility requirements. This is a defined benefit plan and is fully funded by the University.

For Faculty & Exempt Staff

University of Notre Dame 403(b) Retirement Plan: The University of Notre Dame 403(b) Retirement Plan is a defined contribution plan under code section 403(b) that is the primary mandatory retirement plan for eligible faculty and exempt staff upon meeting eligibility requirements.

For All Employees

University of Notre Dame 403(b) Retirement Plan: The University of Notre Dame 403(b) Retirement Plan is the University’s Universal Availability Plan in that it provides all employees the opportunity to save for retirement.

It is a defined contribution plan that allows employees to make voluntary pre-tax contributions for retirement savings.

Social Security/Medicare

Both the University and employees contribute an equal amount to Social Security and Medicare. These combined contributions help pay for your retirement, disability, survivor, and medical benefits. The University contributes 6.2% of your earnings (up to the Social Security maximum) each year toward Social Security and 1.45% to Medicare. For more information, contact Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or visit and/or contact Medicare at 1-800-633-4227 or visit

Learn More About Your Retirement

Your Pension Resources – YPR

YPR is an interactive online tool the University of Notre Dame offers through our contract with Aon Hewitt. With the web-based tool you can estimate your pension benefit on a future eligible retirement date to see how much you may receive at retirement. This is an important tool to help you with planning for retirement.

Additional Information

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