Frequent Questions


What is UMRA?

UMRA stands for the University of Michigan Retirees Association.

Who is eligible to join UMRA?

All retirees of the University of Michigan, current employees who are eligible for retirement from the University, and spouses/partners of both groups as well as spouses/partners of deceased retirees.

Annual dues are $15 per household for the year September 1 to August 31.

Frequently asked questions

How can one become a member of UMRA?

Stay connected to the University of Michigan, meet other retirees just like you, help advocate for your benefits, and attend meetings and learning opportunities that will engage you. You can easily join online or print a membership form. Joining UMRA online requires that you provide us with an email address that will serve as your login account name. Visit our Join page.

What are the purposes of the U-M Retirees Association?

UMRA helps retired UM faculty and staff remain connected to the university and with one another. It works to ensure that retiree interests and concerns are recognized and considered by UM. For example, the UMRA Board of Directors maintains close contact with UM HR and Benefits Office to promote retiree interests, and the board meets with UM executive officers and other administrators to advocate for the inclusion of retirees in university activities. UMRA representatives participate in university groups which address retiree issues. These groups include Senate Assembly and MHealthy. Monthly UMRA meetings during the academic year provide an opportunity for UMRA members to enjoy light refreshments, socialize with their colleagues, and see in interesting presentations

When and where does UMRA meet?

UMRA meetings and social hours are normally held at Weber’s Inn, 3050 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor. We meet September through May, on the second Thursday of each month in the afternoon. They start with a “Learn & Grow” presentation at noon, which focuses on practical information. This session is followed by a short break, then begins again at 1:45 with announcements before our 2pm Seminar speaker. The gatherings include light refreshments, sliced fruit, cookies, coffee and soft drinks. All UMRA members are cordially invited to attend.

How is UMRA governed?

A 15-member Board of Directors is elected each year at the UMRA Annual Meeting, usually held in October. The Board elects officers at the first meeting after the election. The Board meets monthly.

UMRA is a member of the Big Ten Retiree Association and cooperates with the other members. This umbrella organization has an annual meeting each August. (See the BigTen Directory).