Loyola University Chicago

Human Resources

Loyola University Employees' Retirement Plan (LUERP)

The LUERP pension system is currently undergoing routine annual maintenance, which causes delays in calculating final retirement paperwork and estimates for participants. 

Each year the LUERP pension system is shut down during the period of November 15, 2017 thru mid January 2018, while our actuaries make annual updates to interest rates & mortality tables as mandated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These updates affect every calculation commencing on January 1, 2018 or later. 

As soon as the required updates have been completed, the LUERP office will resume processing and all final paperwork and estimates will be mailed, in the order that the requests were received.  We sincerely apologize in advance, for any inconvenience. 

LUERP Overview 

Your Loyola retirement benefits are an important part of your total compensation today and a key to your financial security for the future. LUERP and other qualified pension plans offered by your employer, together with Social Security and your personal savings, are intended to provide you with income during retirement. 

LUERP was established in 1949 and has since been amended a number of times to provide greater benefits, to offer additional payment options, to create more flexibility for participants, and to comply with new legislation. The plan was most recently amended effective January 1, 2008. The current plan provisions are reflected on this site.

The plan provides retirement benefits to approximately 6,000 regular full and part-time employees at seven Jesuit institutions that have met the plans eligibility, participation, and vesting requirements. LUERP is a frozen 401(a) qualified defined benefit plan which entitles vested participants to a monthly benefit at age 65 for the remainder of their life. The plan uses one of two formulas to determine the participant's monthly benefit amount.

The formulas factor in the number of years of benefit service worked at a participating employer and the participant's final average earnings up to the freeze date. Whichever formula results in a larger benefit equals the participant's monthly benefit at age 65 retirement. More information may be found in the Summary Plan Description‌ (SPD). The SPD is a document that is intended to explain the LUERP Plan in terms that are easy to understand.

Your benefit may be distributed to you after you are no longer employed by any of the LUERP participating employers. You may complete a LUERP Estimate Request Form at any time to determine the estimated value of your retirement account.



Forms & Documents


2018 Retirement Checklist

Estimate Request Form

Annual Financial Statements (see below)

Employer Freeze Date Information

LUERP Beneficiary Form

Annual Funding Notice

LUERP Facts at a Glance

Summary Plan Description

Annual Report (5500)

(see below)

Please note: The LUERP froze in 2004. If you were hired in 2003 you may not be eligible for this benefit because a one year "waiting period" was required in order to become a participant. All eligibility, participation, and benefit accruals ceased as of the Plan Freeze date.

For questions regarding LUERP, you may contact:

Donna Piha, LUERP Manager
Phone: 312.915.7925

David Siembal, LUERP Specialist
Phone: 312.915.7209


For questions related to the Loyola University Employee Retirement Pension (LUERP) plan that was frozen in 2004, please email luerp@luc.edu or call 312-915-7209 / 312-915-7925.