Plan Summary

The Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Program (WDC) is a supplemental retirement savings plan, regulated by Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code (see Program Features and Highlights). Through the WDC plan you can invest a portion of your income for retirement either on a pre-tax or post-tax (Roth) basis or a combination of both. Participation in the plan is voluntary. You make the entire contribution; there is no employer match.

WDC is administered by the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) through a third-party administrator, Empower Retirement.


All University employees, including student hourlies and graduate assistants — with the exception of some employees-in-training, fellows, and interns — are eligible to participate. Eligible employees can enroll at any time.


Enroll and make changes directly with Wisconsin Deferred Compensation. You can download and print either one of the below forms, then complete and submit it to the WDC office.

The completed form should be sent to:

Wisconsin Deferred Compensation
5325 Wall St, Suite 2755
Madison, WI 53718
Fax: 608-241-6045

If you have any questions, contact WDC directly at or 877-457-9327 (TTY # for the hearing or speech impaired: 1-800-766-4952).

Once enrolled, you may change your contribution level or investments choices by contacting WDC directly.

Investment Choices & Fees

Investment Choices

You may contribute on both a pre- and post-tax basis to Wisconsin Deferred Compensation. See the brochure The WDC Roth – Is It Right For You? in order to help you determine what is best for you.

WDC offers a wide range of investment options to meet your needs. The investment options are divided into 4 tiers:

  • Lifecycle Funds
  • Passive Index Funds
  • Actively Managed Funds
  • Self-Directed Brokerage Account

See the w brochure for a summary of options available.

See the Wisconsin Deferred Compensation website for a full list of available investment options.


The monthly fee to participate in WDC is based on your account balance as follows:

Account BalanceMonthly/Annual Fee
$1-$5,000$0 / $0
$5,001 - $25,000$1 / $12
$25,001 - $50,000$2.50 / $30
$50,001 - $100,000$5 / $60
$100,001 - $150,000$7 / $84
$150,001 - $250,000$10 / $120
over $250,000$15 / $180



Federal tax code limits the amount of money that you can contribute to your WDC account on an annual basis.

2015 Wisconsin Deferred Compensation 457 Annual Contribution Limit

  • If under age 50 in 2015: $18,000
  • If age 50 or older in 2015: $24,000

You can maximize your contribution under both the WDC plan and the UW Tax-Sheltered Annuity 403(b) plan. If under age 50, you can contribute $18,000 to both plans ($24,000 to both plans if 50 or older).

Additional Contributions – Standard Catch-Up Provision

If you are within 3 years of your normal retirement age (typically age 65) and you under-contributed in the past, you may be able to contribute an additional $17,500 in 2014. This would increase your maximum contribution to $35,000 in 2014 and $36,000 in 2015.

See the  for detailed information about eligibility and steps you need to take to take advantage of the catch-up provisions.