Retiring From NAU
The Guide to Retiring from NAU includes information on the retirement process and the benefits you will be eligible for at retirement. Topics include
- Retirement planning resources
- Selecting your retirement date
- What happens to your current benefits when you retire
- Retirement Income
- Retiree health care coverage
- Other NAU retiree benefits
- Working after retirement
Retiring from NAU Workshops
If you are planning on retiring in the next 12 month you are encouraged to attend a Retiring from NAU (HR233) session presented virtually by our retirement advisors. We will review the benefits available to NAU employees at retirement and the enrollment forms that need to be completed. After enrolling for a session you will receive an email with and invite and Zoom link for the session you registered for.
- Wednesday, June 15th – 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 13th – 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 10th – 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 7th – 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 19th – 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 16th – 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, December 14th – 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
How to register for one the Retiring From NAU sessions
- Log in to LOUIE
- Choose “Self Service”
- Choose “Learning and Development”
- Choose “Request Training Enrollment” to search for training by course name, number, location or date and sign up for specific sessions.
- Once you’ve enrolled in a course session, you will receive a confirmation e-mail letting you know that you are either enrolled or on the wait list. An email reminder will be sent to you a couple days before the session.
Note: No special parking is available for pre-retirement counseling sessions. Year-round, a vehicle must display a valid permit to park on campus. Temporary permits can be purchased at the kiosk located near the entrances to campus or by contacting Parking and Shuttle Services at 928-523-6623.
Human Resources provides a pre-retirement counseling session to employees planning on retiring in the next three months. During your counseling session you will learn about the following:
- The steps you need to take to Retire from NAU
- The paperwork that you will need to be completed
- Benefits available to retirees
- The Retiree Accumulated Sick Leave Program
Because we will need to assemble a personalized retirement packet please schedule your meeting at least 48 hours in advance.
If you are a member of the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) and are at least age 62 you may want to consider retiring through the ‘Phased Retirement’ Program.
NAU retiree are eligible for the following benefits.
Health, dental, and vision insurance
Learn more about your retirement health plan options.
Northern Arizona University is required by law to provide employees separating from the University COBRA information and enrollment forms. Shortly after your last day of work, you will receive a COBRA packet from Human Resources. If you decide to continue medical coverage as a retiree, please disregard this packet.
Employee Assistance and Wellness (EAW)
Retirees on the university’s Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) plan are eligible for the wellness programs and short-term counseling and referral services offered by Employee Assistance and Wellness. Retirees enrolled in state health insurance plans are eligible to attend Wellness Workshop Series programs.
Employees enrolled in Hartford Life Insurance upon retirement may continue coverage if they were enrolled in Hartford Life Insurance as an active employee. Currently, the retiree group policy is $15,000 of coverage for an annual premium of $215.
Employees enrolled in The Securian life insurance upon retirement may continue the $15,000 Basic Life coverage (paid by NAU while an active employee) or The Hartford life insurance enrolled in as an active employee.
Premiums are subject to change. Enrollment forms will be included in the retirement packet you receive at the retirement counseling session.
Continuing your current life coverage
During the 31 days immediately following the termination of your life insurance coverage, you may elect to continue your current supplemental life insurance coverage (known as porting) or you may convert it to whole life insurance. Term life insurance provides a death benefit only, while whole life provides cash value. Both Securian and Hartford Life Insurance offer portability and conversion options. Contact your provider for more information on costs.
- Hartford: Call 800-523-5065 for information on continuing your supplemental life insurance. Policy# 476687 Group or Control# 320471
- Securian: Call 833-745-5517 for information on continuing your basic and supplemental life insurance.
Short- and long-term disability
These plans are not eligible for continuation into retirement, and will end on the last day worked.
Retiree Accumulated Sick Leave (RASL) program
To qualify for the RASL program, you must:
- be an active university employee retiring with a minimum of 500 hours of accrued sick leave
- establish your retirement within 31 days of separation from the university
- apply for retirement with the appropriate state retirement system
RASL payments are distributed in three equal payments over three years. The first payment usually arrives 90 days after separation. Unused sick leave under 500 hours will not be paid.
Review the details of the Arizona RASL program
RASL deferred compensation option
Retirees may defer their first RASL payment to a 457(b) plan with the State-sponsored deferred compensation provider, Nationwide Retirement Solutions.
Upon retirement you will be paid up to one year of accrued vacation. You can donate any vacation above the maximum to Compassionate Transfer of Leave Program.
You can find more information on the time away from work web page.
All accrued comp time will be paid out on the last paycheck.
Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) Benefits
Additional benefits are offered to retirees through ABOR. To be eligible for these benefits, retirees must:
- have completed at least five (5) years of benefit eligible employment in the Arizona university system immediately preceding retirement
- be receiving a retirement income from an Arizona university sponsored retirement program
- be at least fifty (50) years of age, and
- must have not been terminated for cause
Eligible retiree are eligible for the following benefits. Your ID card will be are automatically updated to retiree status. You must keep your ID to be eligible for additional benefits.
- Educational aid: Retiree and eligible dependents can take advantage of educational opportunities at any of the three state universities at a reduced tuition rate.
- Bookstore: Retirees receive a 10% discount on most purchases at the university bookstore.
- Recreation Center: Retirees may continue to receive discounted prices at the Recreation Center and Wall Aquatic Center.
- Library: Many of Cline Library’s services are available to retirees.
- Parking permit: Retirees that are members of the Northern Arizona University Retirees Association (NAURA) are eligible for a limited parking pass. Contact NAURA for details.
Additional retiree responsibilities
You are responsible for communicating with Your department about your intent to retire. This is best done with a written letter of retirement. The department will process a “retirement” e-PAR (electronic Personnel Action Request form) and submit it to the Human Resources Department. You are encouraged to ensure your department follows through with the e-PAR process.
Notify health and retirement plan providers
You are responsible for keeping your personal information up-to-date as well as notifying your health and retirement plan providers of your retirement.
Automatic payroll deductions will cease upon retirement. It is your responsibility to contact any vendors to arrange for continuation of payment.