Retiring from University Service

Retirement can be a wonderful and satisfying experience when you feel prepared for the big event. To retire from WSU, you must have attained age 55 and have either 10 years of service with the university or 5 years of university contribution into your retirement savings account.

Years of service means the continuous number of years a faculty or staff member has worked at WSU in a benefits-eligible employee classification. Time spent as a temporary employee is not included.

At the time of your retirement, your department will terminate your employment with the university and the HR Service Center will accommodate your benefit needs. 

Human Resources is here to assist you in the retirement process if you have questions or need assistance. We recommend that you review the Steps Towards Retirement below to develop a more complete understanding of the retirement process. A retirement consultation with HR is not required, however, you may certainly choose to schedule one if you have questions about the process.  Consultations or assistance may be requested by calling (313) 577-3000 (prompt 5). You may also e-mail retirement questions to