UW Retirement Association
Resources for retirees and pre-retirees
Whether you are looking ahead to retirement, are newly retired, or are long-retired and moving into a new life stage, questions are inevitable. UWRA is your resource for retirement-related information and referrals. This page includes some helpful links, but you are welcome to call or email our office with your questions.
The UWRA is a pioneer within higher education on behalf of encore.org, a movement to help redefine what midlife and beyond may mean for many people in the 21st century. Two UW retirees are sharing a funded Encore fellowship in 2015. They will develop ideas that have been generated by UWRA working groups, grow Encore networks among on- and off-campus resources, and test proposals to see whether they meeting the anticipated needs of retirees for fulfilling and meaningful paid or unpaid work. Read more here….
Retirement transitions programs
Through the Retirement Transitions series the UWRA offers workshops for UW pre-retirees and recent retirees on the issues of midlife. Some workshops are open to UW alumni as well; see course descriptions for details. Financial and estate planning, long-term care insurance, eldercare, and exploring a post-work identity are topics that have been addressed in recent Transitions sessions. Find course descriptions and a current schedule here….
UW retiree privileges
All UW faculty and staff retired in good standing are eligible for a variety of privileges and discounts. Download a Retiree Privileges brochure here, and watch for an invitation to the Retiree Privileges Fair held each year in September.
Retirees should obtain a retiree Husky ID card when their retirement becomes final. Read about how to get the card in the Retiree Privileges brochure, or visit the Retiree Husky Card information page.
Other retirement resources for UW employees and retirees
- UW Retirement checklist
- Ready to Retire workshop for PERS employees
- Ready to Retire workshop for UWRP employees
- Retirement planning workshops (financial planning and Social Security)
- Retiree medical insurance
- UW Benefits forms and publications for retirees
- Retiree-rehire option for faculty
- Voluntary Retirement Incentive (VRI) option for faculty
- Checklist for separating faculty and academic staff
- The Access program allows all Washington residents 60 or older to audit UW classes
- UW’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offers enrichment classes specifically for older adults
- UW Educational Outreach offers classes and certificate programs for those who wish to update or extend their skills or move into a new field
Non-UW resources for UW employees
- Health Care Authority (HCA)/Public Employees Benefits Board
- Department of Retiree Systems (DRS)
- Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA)
- Fidelity Investments homepage for UW employees
- TIAA-Cref homepage for UW employees