Staff Retirement | Separation

Whether pursuing an exciting new career opportunity or retiring the College of Charleston would like to assist you in the process. If you are leaving employment with College of Charleston, the Office of Human Resources would like to work with you to ensure a smooth transition for you, your department, and the continuation of any benefits you may be entitled to and want. Links to the Office of Human Resources site, PEBA, and other retired staff related opportunities are provided below. We strive to provide updated information to our staff colleagues; all information is subject to change.


Retirement and Separation Information


Retirement Contacts


Retired Faculty and Staff Council

The Retired Faculty and Staff Council (RFSC) offers social and intellectual opportunities to retired College of Charleston faculty and staff. The council allows retirees to sustain their connection with the College, and extends support to those transitioning from full-time employment to retirement. Stay up to date and explore the calendar of events by reading our quarterly newsletter.


Retirement Seminars

PEBA’s retirement awareness series, Be Aware and Prepare, provides members with information that can help them make smart decisions about their financial future. Regardless of how we define retirement awareness, PEBA believes it’s important to plan for a secure financial future and think about life after work. 

  • Get Set for Retirement - Pre-Retirement Seminar: Each fall, PEBA hosts regional seminars designed for employees who are within a few years of retirement eligibility. The regional seminars also include presentations from the Social Security Administration and the South Carolina Deferred Compensation Program. Employees can register online
  • Retirement Starts Now - Mid-career Seminar: It is difficult to understand the importance of taking action to save and invest when you are a long way from being eligible to retire. On average, PEBA’s retirement plans provide about 50 percent of active employment income. At best, Social Security may provide up to 40 percent. While this may seem sufficient at first glance, there are a lot of other variables to consider. Retirement Starts Now is targeted toward helping employees in the middle of their careers understand what steps they need to take to prepare for retirement. View and share the presentations with your employees.
  • PEBA’s YouTube channel features a variety of videos designed to provide you with overviews of your retirement benefits and to highlight topics of which you might otherwise be unaware.

Center for Creative Retirement

The Center for Creative Retirement (CCR) is composed of a diverse group of seniors who share an enthusiasm for education. This self-governing group holds weekly meetings throughout the academic year and offers field trips to historical and cultural sites. Members, who are considered non-credit students at the College of Charleston, are eligible for:

  • Weekly meetings from September through May
  • Smaller in-depth study groups
  • Some off-site meetings
  • CCR newsletters
  • Field trips to historical and cultural sites

60+ Tuition Exemption Program

If you are 60 years old or older, and a resident of South Carolina you can enroll in classes at the College of Charleston via the 60+ Tuition Exemption Program. Each semester, approximately four hundred 60+ students enroll in classes at the College. These students may be auditing classes or taking courses for personal enrichment. Most 60+ students take undergraduate courses.

While 60+ students do not pay tuition, there is a $50 registration fee. Also, students may need to purchase books and may have additional course fees

If you are interested in earning an undergraduate or graduate degree, you must maintain active student status and complete the application for undergraduate admission or the graduate online application. Go to http://admissions.cofc.edu/applyingtothecollege/non-degreeprograms/60+-tuition-exemption-program-registration.php for more information. 


Charleston Area Lifelong Learning

Charleston Area Lifelong Learning (CALL) provides an opportunity to go back into a classroom with your peers, to facilitate a class or just to learn. It’s a great way to make new friends. You can choose to be on either side of the desk as experts share a lifetime of knowledge and experience with their peers. 

Go to the http://blogs.cofc.edu/ccr/lifelong-learning/ for more information including current offerings. You do not have to be a member of CCR to take CALL classes. If you want to reserve a spot in class, be a part of the CALL committee, are interested in facilitating a class for future terms, or just want to ask a question, email CAforlifelonglearning@gmail.com or CALL Coordinator Diana Barth at dianabarth09@gmail.com.