PERS 3: Preparing to retire

You’ve worked, you’ve saved, and you’ve envisioned your life in the years to come. Now as you near retirement, it’s time to make a plan for ending your service here at UW. The more you plan the smoother your transition will go — you may even realize you can retire sooner than you thought.

If you’re a member of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) 3 retirement plan, start with the resources here to begin planning your retirement from UW. You can find comprehensive information about the plan in the PERS Plan 3 Handbook.

When can I retire?

You can retire if you are:

  • Age 65 and have 10 or more years of service credits (you may be able to retire without having 10 years of service credits. See the PERS 3 Plan Handbook for details)
  • Age 62 and have 30 or more years of service credits
  • Age 55 and have 10 or more years of service credits (this will reduce your monthly benefit)

The Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) provides comprehensive information for those thinking about retiring early.

Plan as you near retirement

There’s lots to consider as you approach retirement. Among other things, you’ll need to:

For help planning, see the DRS web resources for those nearing retirement.

It’s a good idea to create your own retirement planning calendar. It’ll help you keep track of your plan and avoid missing any steps. Starting two years before your target date, begin using the DRS retirement planning checklist. Also, during your last year of work, use the Retirement - UW Retirement Checklist (PDF) as your career here comes to an end.

For in-person guidance, the UW Benefits office organizes workshops to help you prepare for retiring.

Retirement Savings Education & Resources

The Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) offers a wide range of resources to help you understand your retirement plan and meet your retirement savings goals. Visit DRS Education to find webinars, seminars, calculators and more.