Faculty Handbook

Credit for Past Service

Last updated: 3/16/1987


This policy was issued by the Office of the Provost on March 16, 1987.

For retirement vesting purposes only, a faculty/academic staff member may receive credit for past service if the following conditions are met:

  1. Faculty/academic staff who terminate employment from Michigan State University for more than twelve (12) months and subsequently are re-employed by MSU for five (5) or more continuous years at half-time or more are eligible to apply for credit for the previous employment.
  2. A minimum of one year of service prior to the date of termination is required to apply for credit for past service.
  3. Approved leaves of absence or sabbatical leaves do not constitute a break in service.

Credit for past service applies solely to the minimum retirement requirements and has no effect on any other University benefits or programs. To apply for credit for past service, faculty/academic staff must submit a written request to MSU Human Resources, 110 Nisbet, after establishing five years of continuous re-employment.

  1. Name (indicate if previously employed under a different name)
  2. Social Security Number
  3. Present Department
  4. Previous Employment Date
  5. Separation Date
  6. Re-employment Date

For information on retiring from the University, please see the Policy for Retiring from the University. For more information on the benefits available for official MSU retirees, including the University's contribution toward health and dental and detail on Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Service Months, please see the Retiree Benefits Policy. For a summary of how benefits will change in retirement, please see the Effect of Retirement on Benefits.

Questions regarding this procedure should be directed to MSU Human Resources, 517-353-4434.

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