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University of California Retirement Plan (UCRP)

Find out how the University of California Retirement Plan (UCRP) can provide monthly income for you and eligible survivors.

The University of California Retirement Plan (UCRP) provides retirement income to eligible UC employees, as well as eligible survivors (1976 Tier only), or co-annuitants. The plan also provides disability and death benefits, a lump sum cashout option (1976 Tier only), and a Capital Accumulation Provision for certain eligible members.


Eligible employees automatically become UCRP members based on the initial appointment or working the required hours in a 12-month period.


UCRP is a defined benefit pension plan. Benefits are determined by a formula and your membership in one or more of the UCRP Retirement Tiers (1976 Tier2013 Tier, and/or 2016 Tier), not by contributions to the plan. For help planning your pre-retirement, use the:

UC Retirement Benefits

The University of California Board of Regents approved changes to UC’s retiree health and pension programs in December 2010. See the Retirement Handbook (PDF) for more information.

Designating beneficiaries

Review your beneficiaries regularly and update them if you experience a major life event such as marriage, divorce, birth of a child, or a death. See how to:

  • Go to the UCPath website
  • Enter your Username and Password
  • In the Health and Welfare section, choose Review/Update Your Beneficiary via UCRAYS


Summary plan descriptions are available for each of the following member categories:

For more information, contact your Benefits representative.
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Notice: The information on this page summarizes provisions of university policies and/or collective bargaining agreements. Refer to the Personnel Policies for Staff Members (PPSM) and local implementing procedures or applicable collective bargaining agreement for full text of referenced information.