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Kansas Public Employees Retirement System Plan

The Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) administers statewide defined-benefit retirement plans for state and local public employees:

  • Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS)
  • Kansas Police and Fire Retirement System (KP&F)

Eligibility

You are eligible to participate in the KPERS plan if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • A benefits eligible classified university support staff member
  • A police officer or firefighter

Enrollment

All eligible employees can enroll after your first day of employment by completing the KPERS Retirement Data Form and returning it to the Benefits Office by fax to 785-864-5200 or by campus mail to "Human Resources - Benefits".

When you enroll in the KPERS plan, you will be referred to as a “member” of the plan.

Membership Groups

KPERS determines your contribution amounts and vesting timeframes based on your “membership group”. The KPERS website provides complete information about the KPERS' Membership Groups and KP&F, as well as contribution and vesting information and retirement eligibility information.

Please note that KPERS provides you with an option to purchase service credit. To learn more, please visit the KPERS website » or download and complete the Application to Purchase Service Credit.

Working at KU after Retirement

KPERS Retirees - If you retire under KPERS and return to work for a KPERS participating employer, including the University of Kansas, you will be subject to the KPERS Working After Retirement (WAR) provisions that impact KPERS retirees who are hired/rehired on/after May 1, 2015.

  1. There can be no “prearrangement” for your return to work.  Therefore, before retirement and during the 60-day waiting period after your KPERS retirement date, there can be no discussion or action taken for you to prearrange to return to work.
  2. If you are hired, Human Resource Management is required to certify that the prearrangement rules were not violated.
  3. You will be subject to the annual earnings limit.  If you reach that annual limit, you will have two choices:
    1. You can continue working and suspend your KPERS retirement benefits which will resume in January of the following calendar year or
    2. You can terminate employment and continue to receive your KPERS retirement benefit.
  4. Your department will be assessed a special employer fringe that will be paid on your compensation.

As of July 1, 2016, the annual earnings limit is $25,000.  The special employer fringe for FY 17 is 10.81%.

KPERS retirees who returned to work before May 1, 2015, may fall into special grandfathered status with special rules.

For more information, please see more information KPERS website. For more information about changes made during the 2017 legislative session, please refer to the  KPERS June 2017 Updates.

KP&F retirees who return to work for the same employer worked for during the last two years of KP&F participation will be subject to the KP&F earnings limit of $25,000 per year. More information »

Additional Information

Please visit the KPERS Publications Page » to access KPERS brochures and forms. You can also download the KPERS Membership Guide which contains instructions for accessing account information online, adding or changing beneficiaries, and other important information.


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