Defined Contribution Retirement Plan

Dickinson College participates in a retirement program underwritten by Teacher's Insurance and Annuity Association and College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA), Fidelity Investments, or a combination of both. Eligibility occurs following the completion of one year of full-time service with the College. After the one-year waiting period, Dickinson College contributes an amount equal to 8% of your base salary. Effective July 1, 2017, Dickinson implemented an employer match where employees must contribute a percentage of their own salary to receive an additional Dickinson match.  The match percentage increases from .25% to .5% on July 1, 2023. The one-year waiting period is waived for persons presently employed (meaning you are employed now and in that organization's retirement plan) coming to Dickinson with an active, 100% vested and qualified retirement plan. The waiver was established so that candidates presently employed, in a retirement plan and 100% vested would not lose retirement benefits when they choose to join Dickinson.  Please forward this Documentation of Service for Participation in Dickinson College Retirement Plan form to your current Human Resources Office to obtain documentation regarding your vesting status and eligibility.

Tax Deferred Annuity Plan

In addition to the Defined Contribution Retirement Plan, employees are eligible to participate in the Dickinson College Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (TDA) in accordance with Sections 402(g), 403(b), and 415 of the Internal Revenue Code effective from your date of employment. In this plan you can elect to reduce your salary on a pre-tax basis and contribute that amount into a federal tax-deferred plan with either TIAA or Fidelity Investments. The IRS limits the maximum amount you can put into a tax-deferred 403(b) retirement plan in any given year. All benefits arising from these contributions are immediately and fully vested.


The Emeriti Program is a tax advantaged way to invest and accumulate assets during working years to help meet health care expenses during retirement. The College contributes on behalf of eligible employees age 35 and older with one year of service. Employees age 21 and older may also make voluntary contributions on an after-tax basis (no maximum applies).

Retirement Contribution Limits

Retirement Beneficiary Designation and Updates

An important part of your plan for the future might be missing…If you’re like many retirement plan participants, you probably selected a beneficiary for your accounts when you started your job and never thought about it since. Keeping your beneficiary information current is one of the most important—and one of the most commonly overlooked—aspects of managing your retirement benefits. For more information on updating your beneficiary please visit the link below: