The UW System offers eligible employees the opportunity to pay certain work-related parking and transit expenses with tax-free dollars through Parking & Transit Accounts.

Parking & Transit Accounts will be offered again to UW System employees effective January 1, 2021. These accounts were previously available to employees prior to June 1, 2018. If enrolled prior to June 1, 2018, you may continue to use the funds available in your parking and transit accounts until exhausted or you become ineligible. Any amounts remaining in either of these accounts at the end of the year carry over to the following year.

Optum Financial is the plan administrator for the Parking & Transit Accounts.


All employees, including rehired annuitants and student hourly employees, are eligible for this program, except:

  • Student Assistant with one of the following titles: Fellows, Scholars, Trainees
  • Employee-in-Training with one of the following titles: Grad Intern/Trainee, Post-Doc Fellow/Trainee

Account Types

There are 2 types of accounts offered to UW System employees:

Parking Account

Covers work-related parking expenses such as parking ramps. If you pay for University parking through payroll deduction, your costs are already deducted pre-tax; therefore, they are not eligible for reimbursement with a Parking Account.

The monthly contribution limits are:

  • 2021: $270
  • 2022: $270

A list of eligible Parking expenses can be accessed in the Forms & Resources section below.

Transit Account

Covers work-related commuting expenses such as public transit passes to and from work (bus, trains subway), and commuter highway vehicles (vanpools).

The monthly contribution limits are:

  • 2021: $270
  • 2022: $270

A list of eligible Transit expenses can be accessed in the Forms & Resources section below.


You can enroll in or change your Parking or Transit election at any time. Your election will begin on the first of the month on or following your enrollment. When you enroll in a Parking or Transit Account, you designate an annual election amount which is then divided into equal amounts per paycheck.

These accounts have unlimited carryover, so there is minimal “use-it-or-lose-it” risk.

You must re-enroll each year to participate.

Enrollment can be completed one of two ways:

  • Online: 1) Log into the MyUW Portal, 2) Find the ‘Benefit information’ tile and click ‘Launch full app’, 3) On the ‘Summary’ tab scroll to the bottom and click ‘View Benefits Summary Detail’ 4) In the left hand navigation click on ‘Parking & Transit Selections’, 5) Then click the ‘Add a New Value’ button or to see a form previously submitted click ‘Search’. For additional enrollment help review the Parking & Transit Selections Form tip sheet.
  • Fillable PDF or Paper: 1) Open the Enrollment Form located in the Forms & Resources Section below 2) Complete the form and submit it to your institution human resources office. The form is a fillable document that can be completed and submitted via email, or printed and delivered in person or mailed.

Claims Submission

If you enroll in a Parking Account you will receive a payment card. When used, payment will automatically be deducted from your Parking Account.

For both the Parking & Transit Accounts, you may pay expenses out-of-pocket and then submit claims manually. To comply with IRS requirements, documentation is required to substantiate expenses to show they are eligible for reimbursement.

If you pay for your expenses out-of-pocket, there are several methods to submit your claims for reimbursement.

ELECTRONIC Claims Submission

  • Mobile App: Allows you to access your account information wherever you are, 24/7/365. To download, visit the Apple App Store or Android Marketplace and search for “Optum Financial Mobile App.”
  • Optum Financial Website: Follow the instructions on the main page to file your claim.

Paper Claims Submission

  • Complete the FSA Reimbursement Claim Form (available in the Forms & Resources section below) and submit it with substantiation to:
    • Mail: Claims Department, PO Box 622317, Orlando, FL 32862-2317
    • Fax: (443) 681-4602

Automatic Premium Conversion

If enrolled, you will automatically have premiums deducted from earnings on a pre-tax basis:

You may choose to waive automatic premium conversion and have your premiums taken on a post-tax basis by filling out the Automatic Premium Conversion Waiver (available in the Forms & Resources section below).

Forms & Resources

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.

Updated: 12/16/2021