Retirement For State Student Assistants

Retirement Plan Options

The University at Buffalo is proud to offer an excellent retirement plan option as a part of your benefits package. Human Resources is here to answer any questions you may have regarding your options.

Lissa Jasinowski

Retirement Administrator

State Benefit Services

Phone: (716) 645-4488


Employees' Retirement System (ERS) Tier VI

ERS is a defined benefit plan that provides a fixed, lifetime monthly income at retirement. Your benefit amount is calcuated based on age, years of service and final average salary.

Vesting is the service period required to become eligible for a benefit at retirement. ERS requires a 10-year full time service credit vesting period.

You will contribute to the pension for the duration of employment based on your salary.

Annual Salary Employee Contribution
$45,000.00 or less 3.00%
$45,000.01 - $55,000.00
$55,000.01 - $75,000.00
$75,000.01 - $100,000.00 5.75%
$100,000.01 or more 6.00%

How to Enroll

Full-time employees must enroll in a plan no later than 30 days from their appointment begin date. Enrolling past this deadline may affect retirement benefits. Part-time employees can enroll at any time.

Employees' Retirement System (ERS) Tier VI

  1. Complete the Retirement Program Election Form.
  2. Complete the ERS Membership Registration RS 5420 Form.
  3. Submit the form to:

Human Resources
120 Crofts Hall
North Campus

Manage My Retirement Plan

Become familiar with your retirement account and manage it personally.

NYS Employees' Retirement System (ERS)

Managing My Retirement Online

Retirement Online is a secure area where you can access and manage your personal retirement information.

Updating My Personal Information For ERS

Download ERS Member Form

Changing or Updating My ERS Membership

Reinstatement to Tier 3, 4 or 5

Contact ERS at 866-805-0990 or write to:

Tier Reinstatement Unit
110 State Street
Albany, NY 12244.

Applying For Prior Service Credit

Applying For a Loan

Download a Loan Application

Changing My Contributions

You cannot change your contributions per plan guidelines. For more information, refer to your plan benefits.

If you are interested in additional retirement savings, you can establish a separate voluntary retirement savings plan (link to voluntary retirement plans information) account.

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