Financial Wellness

Financial Wellness

Questions: benefits@uwm.edu


Wisconsin Retirement System

The Wisconsin Retirement System (“WRS”) provides retirement (pension) benefits to UW System employees. Participation is automatic for all eligible employees, with coverage beginning on the first day an employee is eligible. The required employee and employer contribution rates are updated annually. The employee share is deducted on a pre-tax basis. You may not opt out of the WRS.

Your retirement income will be based on your years of WRS service, your age at retirement, and the average of your highest three years of earnings or based on the total cash value of your account, whichever is greater.

The WRS is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF).

UW System Resources

Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds Website

  • ETF

Tax-Sheltered Annuity

The Tax-Sheltered Annuity 403(b) (“TSA”) is a supplemental retirement savings program authorized by section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code. Through the TSA you can invest a portion of your income for retirement on either a pre-tax basis, an after-tax basis, or a combination of both. Participation in the TSA is voluntary. You make the entire contribution; there is no employer match.

There are three ways to enroll in the program. Please see the TSA Enrollment link under UW System Resources for insructions.

TSA Providers

The investment options for the TSA include a wide array of mutual funds and annuities managed by five providers.

  • TIAA
  • Fidelity Investments
  • T.RowePrice
  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Lincoln Financial Group

Wisconsin Deferred Compensation

The Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Program (“WDC”) is a supplemental retirement savings plan, regulated by section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code. Through the Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Program you can invest a portion of your income for retirement either on a pre-tax or post-tax basis, or a combination of both.

Participation in the program is voluntary and it does not replace or reduce any of your Wisconsin Retirement System or Social Security benefits. You make the entire contribution; there is no employer match.

UW System Resources

Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Website

  • Wisconsin Deferred Compensation

College Savings Plan

Edvest, Wisconsin’s 529 College Savings Plan, allows you to save for your child’s K-12 education expenses and post-high school education. Funds can cover tuition, books, room and board, computers, tablets, and many other expenses at universities, colleges, professional schools, technical colleges, and graduate programs across the country and even at some institutions abroad.

The program offers low fees, a low minimum contribution of $15 per pay period, and can provide tax deductions for Wisconsin residents (limitations apply). UW System employees are able to direct deposit from their payroll.

For more information and to set up an account, please visit the Edvest website.

UW System Resources

Edvest Website

  • Edvest

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