The Catholic University of America

Retirement / TIAA

The University strongly encourages employees to set financial goals and plan for retirement. The retirement plan is established for eligible employees are administered by TIAA, the largest private pension plan in the United States. TIAA provides retirement plans at more than 15,000 colleges, universities and non-profit organizations.


Benefit eligible full-time and part-time employees who are at least 26 years old and who have completed at least one year of service at the University must participate in the Plan. Eligible employees may elect to contribute 0.0 percent, 2.5 percent or 5.0 percent of their pre-tax incomes to their retirement plan. The University then matches your contributions with 5.0 percent, 7.5 percent or 10.0 percent respectively.


Most employees may elect to participate in the Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA portion of the plan). Contributions made to the GSRA are not matched by the University. There is no minimum age or years of service requirement to participate in GSRA.


Employees wishing to make a change to their retirement savings elections should forward a completed Authorization for Salary Reduction form (see below) to the Office of Human Resources.  Changes may be made at any time, but will not be effective until the next month.

  • Eligibility requirements: completion of one year of service and attainment of age 26. 
  • Basic Plan (must meet eligibility requirements):

    No employee contribution, CUA contributes 5% of gross salary
    Employee contributes 2.5%, CUA contributes 7.5% of gross salary
    Employee contributes 5%, CUA contributes 10% of gross salary

Authorization for Salary Reduction Form

403b Authorization for Salary Reduction Form


Additional amounts may be contributed to the GSRA portion of the plan subject to IRS limits.

Additional Information on TIAA is available at

New! Summary of Materials Modification posted on August 2012

Summary of Materials Modification posted July 2011

The Catholic University of America Retirement Plan- Summary Plan Description 2011



TIAA Counseling Sessions - 2018 - New!
A representative from TIAA will be on the CUA campus to provide one-on-one counseling sessions for employees on:

  • Thursday, October 4, 2018 in The Pryzbyla Center, Room 203

  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in The Pryzbyla Center, Room 331

  • Thursday, December 6, 2018 in The Pryzbyla Center, Room 331

While the sessions are free, an appointment is required. To schedule an appointment, please call the Meeting Request Center number at tel: 1-800-732-8353
or use the TIAA online scheduling tool (directions below).

1. Click on the link: TIAA online scheduling tool
2. Click the Select button
3. Choose "District of Columbia" from the State dropdown list and then click Select
4. Choose "THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMER." from the Employer dropdown list and click Select
5. Use the calendar and follow instructions on the screen to schedule an appointment

If you have any questions regarding the counseling session, or would like more information about your CUA retirement benefits, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 202-319-5050.