State University Retirement System (SURS)

What Is SURS?
The State University Retirement System (SURS) manages the retirement program for the State of Illinois’ colleges and universities. Employees who are eligible for SURS contribute 8% of their pay check to SURS and become eligible for a pension after retirement once they reach 5 years of service.

SURS Eligibility
To be eligible for SURS, an employee must hold a 1% or greater appointment for 4 months or longer. Typically, tenured/tenure-track faculty members are SURS eligible. However, a non-resident alien cannot be a member of SURS until he/she meets the “Substantial Presence” criteria, as determined by the Payroll Office.

Determining Your SURS Retirement Plan can help you decide which plan best suits your needs.

SURS Website
Employees with a SURS-specific question, such as purchasing prior service time, annuity estimates, or SURS disability, should contact SURS or visit their website for more information.