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Palomar Retirement Benefits

Palomar Community College District provides retirement benefits to qualifying employees.

CAUTION: Medicare-eligible individuals, be aware of phone scams in connection with Medicare Prescription Drug Programs. Free advocacy is available through HICAP.

Palomar Retirement Benefits

Group I

  • Hired prior to 3/1/94, employed for 20 years or more and retire at age 50 (PERS participants), age 55 (STRS participants), or above.
  • Retiree and eligible dependents will receive medical and dental benefits for the life of the retiree.
  • SISC Medicare 101 (click here) Password = SISCMedicare101

Group II

  • Hired prior to 3/1/94 with at least 10 years but less than 20 years of service.
  • Hired after 3/1/94 with at least 10 years of service and retire at age 50 (Classic PERS participants), age 55 (STRS participants), or above.
  • Retiree and eligible dependents will receive medical benefits until the retiree reaches age 65, and dental benefits will continue for the life of the retiree
  • SISC Medicare 101 (click here) Password = SISCMedicare101

Group III

  • Employees who terminate with less than ten years of employment are not eligible for District-paid health benefits.
  • May continue health benefits on a self-pay basis for 18 months (COBRA).
  • SISC Medicare 101 (click here) Password = SISCMedicare101

NOTE: Benefits-eligible employees who work less than full-time are eligible for District-paid health and dental benefits after working the equivalent to full time, 10 months (e.g., a 50% part-time employee would complete the full-time, 10 months eligibility described for Group I in 40 years) as described for Groups I and II.

Pension & Retirement Plans:

CalPERS Pension Plan

This plan is offered to full-time permanent non-academic positions, and any part-time classified employee that works over 1,000 hours in a year.
Phone: (888) 225-7377
website link

CalSTRS Pension Plan

This plan is offered to full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and educational administrators.
Phone: (800) 228-5453
website link

APPLE Retirement Plan

This plan is offered to part-time faculty, part-time contracted classified, and short term hourly employees.
Phone: (800) 634-1178
Website link

Benefits Contact:

Benefits Office Phone: (760)744-1150 ext. 3053 or ext. 2889
Email: benefits@palomar.edu

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