When you become eligible for the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS), you are required to participate in the WRS.

See Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) for information on WRS eligibility and benefits.

See the General Employee Information for benefit enrollment opportunities you have under the WRS. In most cases you have 30 days from your WRS begin date to enroll in benefits.

Visit the Forms & Resources Page for all plan applications, forms, and brochures.

Move from Graduate Assistant Benefit Program to WRS:

If you are eligible for benefits under the Graduate Assistant Benefit program and are now eligible for the WRS, you:

  • Have a new opportunity to enroll in all benefit plans except the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) program (unless you were not previously eligible).
    • Most of the benefit plans you are already enrolled in will continue with no action required by you, depending on your WRS employment category (except health insurance—see below*).
    • Applications for other benefit plans in which you wish to enroll must be received within 30 days of becoming WRS-eligible.

*If you are currently enrolled in health insurance under the Graduate Assistant Benefit program, you must submit a new health insurance application to retain health coverage within 30 days of becoming WRS-eligible.** Your monthly premium contribution will increase.

  • Your health insurance coverage under the Graduate Assistant Benefit program will end at the end of the month in which your Graduate Assitstant Benefit-eligible position ends (immediately prior to your WRS-eligibility begin date). You will receive a continuation notice from the UW Service Center for the health insurance coverage that is ending under the Graduate Assistant Benefit Program. Contact the UW Service Center at servicecenter@uwsa.edu or (888) 298-0141 if you do not receive one.

**If you are moving from an appointment eligible for the Graduate Assistant Benefit program to a University Staff appointment and have no eligible prior WRS service, you must have 2 months of WRS service before becoming eligible for the Employer contribution toward health insurance.

Contact your human resources office for additional information.

Every effort has been made to ensure this information is current and correct. Information on this page does not guarantee enrollment, benefits and/or the ability to make changes to your benefits.

Beneficiary Designations

Remember to review and update your beneficiary designations when you have a life event to make sure that your benefits are paid according to your wishes. Benefit plans that have beneficiary designations include life insurance plans, retirement plans and the health savings account.

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Last updated: 12/14/2018