The University of Wisconsin, a Wisconsin public employer, offers a comprehensive benefits package; you may be entitled to participate in various benefit plans that UW Systems offers. The Department of Employee Trust Funds is the administrator for a number of benefit programs available through Wisconsin public employers.
Benefit eligibility and benefits packages vary according to appointment and appointment type. Refer to your appointment letter to confirm your appointment type. You can also read about appointment types on UW System’s Employee Categories page. Further detailed information about eligibility and benefits that may be available to you can be found on the UW System Benefits Administration website and the Department of Employee Trust Funds website. Please contact the UWM Benefits Office with any questions concerning your benefits or eligibility.
Access your MyUW portal to update your personal information, review your current benefits enrollment, review your payroll earnings statements for your benefits deductions, review available time off balances, or review your annual WRS statement (if eligible).
General Benefits Information
The University of Wisconsin System provides comprehensive information about the various benefits options available to employees. Please see the links below for more detail.
Making Benefits Changes
Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
College Savings Plan (Edvest)
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.
Long Term Care Insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
Eligible employees have the opportunity to pay certain health care and dependent day care expenses with tax-free dollars through flexible spending accounts offered under the Employee Reimbursement Account (ERA) program. The flexible spending accounts are administered by TASC. Please visit the link below for detailed information about the employee reimbursement account program and flexible spending accounts.
- UW System Flexible Spending Accounts Overview
- TASC Online Landing Page (login to access account)
- TASC Enrollment Form
- TASC Change of Election Form
Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
A health savings account is an individually-owned, tax-advantaged savings account. You may use HSA funds to pay for medical, dental, prescription, and vision expenses for you, your spouse, and qualifying dependents. Please visit the link below for detailed information about health savings accounts.
Parking and Transit Accounts
With federal tax law changes for 2018, UW employees will no longer be able to create Parking and Transit Accounts as administered by TASC effective with June 2018 payrolls.
If you have an existing TASC Parking and/or Transit Account, no additional account payroll deductions will be taken effective with paychecks dated on or after June 1, 2018; any remaining account funds, however, are still available to be used for eligible parking/transit purposes until exhausted or you become ineligible for the plan(s).
Note: Payroll deductions will be taken on a post-tax basis effective with paychecks dated on or after June 1, 2018 for UWM employees who already have or who newly enroll for campus parking permits and/or commuter value transit passes available through UWM Transportation Services.
Retirement and Savings Plans
- Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS)
- Tax-Sheltered Annuity 403(b) Program (TSA)
- Wisconsin Deferred Compensation 457(b) Plan (WDC)