Tuition and Other University Benefits
Retired University faculty and staff who meet University eligibility requirements and retirement criteria are eligible for faculty and staff, dependent children at Penn, dependent children at other colleges, or spouse/partner attending Penn benefits as outlined in Penn's tuition policies. Benefit details and coverage are based upon the policies in place at the time of use. View Penn's tuition policies.
When you retire, you may still be eligible for numerous other special perks. You will be responsible for any fees or membership dues. For more information, please use the contact information below.
Use the Penn libraries
Use the recreational facilities (Pottruck Center and Fox Fitness Center)
Join exercise classes and health seminars
Join the Credit Union
Join the University Club at Pen
Purchase a subscription to the Almanac
Request information about parking permits
Retired faculty and staff of the University of Pennsylvania are entitled to a PennCard under most circumstances. To obtain your Retired Faculty/Staff PennCard, get a form confirming your status as retired from the Division of Human Resources. Human Resources will verify your form and complete any missing information. When completed, bring this form, along with your current PennCard (or if your last card has already expired, some valid form of photo ID) to the PennCard Center on the second floor of the Penn Bookstore at 3601 Walnut Street. You will then be issued a Retired Faculty/Staff card good for 5 years. There is no charge for the card providing you turn in your unexpired PennCard. Call the PennCard Center at 215-417-CARD or visit the PennCard Center homepage for more information.
Retired Faculty Members
Though no faculty member acquires new rights or privileges in the University upon retirement, certain of those rights and privileges to which he or she was entitled to prior to retirement are still extended:
- Office Space—When a retired faculty member is actively engaged in productive scholarship, the University will try to furnish office space as well as assistance from the departmental secretarial pool. Such aid can be granted only if it is available. Prior consideration must be given to the Standing and Associated Faculties. Office space, if provided, may be shared or rescinded. Note that you must provide an annual update of your continuing productive scholarship to your Department Chair and Dean.
- Research or travel grant applications—You may file research or travel grant applications. The consent of the relevant Department Chair or Dean must be obtained prior to submission to the Vice Provost for Research. Such applications will be transmitted further only if the Vice Provost believes the project to be of significance, if there is a probability of its being completed and if necessary office and laboratory space is available.
- Faculty Meetings—You may attend meetings of your school’s faculty and may participate in the work of faculty committees if invited.
- Faculty Senate Meetings—The right to attend is extended by the by-laws of the Senate.
- Faculty Studies in the Library—You may apply if such facilities are required.
- Telephone Directory—You may be listed in the directory if desired.
- Mail/Email—Upon approval from your department, you may receive mail at the University and maintain a University email address.