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Retirement Information & Helpful Hints

We hope you will find the following information helpful in retirement.
Retirement distributions may be subject to taxation by the State of Michigan.  You may want to consult a tax professional for advice prior to taking a distribution.  For information regarding recent State of Michigan income tax changes, please refer to the State of Michigan Department of Treasury website. All MSU retirement plans are subject to Minimum Distribution requirements.

You will always want to keep your 403(b) Plan and/or 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan investment vendor(s) informed of your current address. You may contact Fidelity at (800) 343-0860 and TIAA-CREF at (800) 842-2252 to report address changes. Additional investment vendor contact information.

All retirees automatically become members of the MSU Retirees Association (MSURA).  If you would like to volunteer or want additional information, you may contact MSURA at 22 Nisbet Bldg, 1407 S. Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823, email or phone (517) 353-7896.  Optional annual newsletter subscription is available. 

Here is a list of some benefits and discounts offered by various campus units:

  • Athletic Tickets: Retiree discounts may apply for season tickets or passes for football, basketball, hockey, or golf. Court fee discounts may apply at the MSU Tennis Center. Contact Athletics or the facility for current rates.
  • Community Resources: The Tri-County Office on Aging, at 5303 S. Cedar St., Lansing, MI 48911 offers services for seniors. They may be contacted at (517) 887-1440. Information regarding Medicare and Social Security benefits may be obtained by contacting the Social Security Administration at or calling (800) 772-1213.
  • Computer Discounts: Present your Retiree ID to receive some discounts at the MSU Computer Store.
  • Faculty and Staff Directory: Your name will be included in the directory.  You may update your information on the Enterprise Business System (EBS) at Select Employee Self Service to make your changes. 
  • IM Sports Facilities: Present your MSU ID Card for entrance. Use of the facilities may be restricted to certain hours or there may be a fee for certain activities.
  • Library Privileges: You have library privileges by presenting your MSU ID Card. Contact the Main Library at (517) 353-8700 for assistance.
  • MSU NetID: All retirees can retain their MSU NetID account. If you need assistance activating or using your MSU NetID account, contact Academic Technology Services, ATS Help Desk at (517) 432-6200, long distance at (800) 500-1554 or on-line at .
  • MSU News Bulletin: If you wish to receive the News Bulletin you will need to enroll on-line at
  • MSU Retiree ID Card: Please retain your current MSU ID card for use in retirement.  Retirees and/or spouses may obtain a new or replacement ID card at the MSU ID Office in Room 170 International Center.
  • Other discounts and services: A listing of additional discounts and services available to retirees may found at
  • Sports Events Admission: Certain sporting events may have free admission with your MSU ID card. Information is available at
  • State News: You can order and pay by semester (summer, fall, spring) or for the full year. Contact the State News at (517) 355-3447. 
  • Vehicle Parking Permit: Parking stickers are available to retirees. An MSU ID card will be required. Contact MSU Police Department (DPPS) at (517) 355-8440 to inquire about the cost and availability.


We want you to fully enjoy your retirement years! If you have any additional retirement questions please feel free to contact us at:

MSU Human Resources Benefits
140 Nisbet Building
1407 S. Harrison Rd, Ste 140A
East Lansing MI 48823-5291
(517) 353-4434 or 1-800-353-4434

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