Retirement benefits are available to eligible employees as provided by the State Universities Retirement System (SURS).  Human Resource Services provides this information as a resource for employees.  While every effort to assure the accuracy and completeness of this information is made, employees are urged to directly access the information provided by the SURS who establishes and maintains the official policies and procedures.  Where possible, HRS has provided links to relevant websites for your convenience in accessing additional information and clarification.

NIU is responsible for confirming an employee's eligibility to participate in the SURS. All aspects of SURS eligibility and participation are in accordance with the policies and regulations of the SURS. Specific inquiries concerning eligibility and plan participation should be directed to the SURS. Generally, employees are required to participate in the SURS if their position requires them to work continuously for at least one academic term or four months, whichever is less, and their employment is not intermittent or irregular.

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Call the HRS Service Center at 815-753-6000 and ask to be connected to one of our HR associates.



Retirement Forms & Documents