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There are two types of accounts in SCRP, the Tax-Deferred Account (TDA) and the Contributory Retirement Account (CRA).

The table below outlines the differences between the two accounts.


Tax-Deferred Account

Contributory Retirement Account


Stanford employees


Benefits-eligible Stanford employees who have completed one year service. 

Contribution Type You can contribute before-tax dollars into the SCRP.

You can contribute a percentage of your salary on either a before-tax or after-tax basis.

In addition, you can receive the following university contributions: basic or matching.


Eligible to enroll following your first regular paycheck.

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Automatic enrollment at a 4 percent before-tax contribution rate on the first of the month after completing the one year service requirement.  For example, if you are hired February 10, 2016,  CRA contributions are based on your eligible pay beginning March 1, 2017, which will paid on March 22, 2017. 

If you enroll and make contributions of your own, you become eligible for matching contributions from Stanford. 

If you contribute to TDA in your first year and do not elect to participate in CRA, you will not be automatically enrolled.  

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If you are recalled into active employment (faculty or staff) you may have additional eligibility considerations. Contact the University HR Service Team for assistance at 650-736-2985.