Resources for retirees and pre-retirees
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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 (scroll down to see them all), but you are welcome to call or email our office with your questions.
UW retiree and emeritus 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. Click here for Retiree Privileges FAQs.
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.
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 have researched and built connections to service-oriented UW and community programs. You can learn more here about ways that you can make a difference in our community and feel great doing it.
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….
Other retirement resources for UW employees and retirees
Click here for a printable list of retirement-related contacts.
- 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 explanation of VEBA
- 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
- VEBA Trust (choose Higher Education)
- Regional Reduced Fare Permit for transit users who are age 65 or older