Preparing to Retire
Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) Plan 1



Under TRS 1, you are eligible for a service retirement if you are:

  • any age with at least 30 years of service credit,
  • age 60 or older with at least 5 years of service credit, or
  • age 55 or older with at least 25 years of service credit.

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Ready to Retire?

  1. Contact the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) within six (6) months of your projected last day of work to request an estimate of your retirement benefit and the TRS Retirement Income Election forms. Complete and return these forms to DRS.
  2. If you are planning to retire at age 65 or greater and you wish to enroll in the PEBB Retiree Medical Insurance benefit including Medicare Parts A & B, contact the Social Security Office. We recommend doing this three (3) months prior to your projected last day of work.
  3. Notify your supervisor, department chairman, or dean of your last day of work.
  4. Request a UW Retirement Packet by contacting the WWU Benefits Office and providing your Employee ID number and projected last day of work.
  5. Complete the WWU Retirement Packet and the VEBA Enrollment Form (non-Faculty) and return these documents to the WWU Benefits Office.
  6. Complete the retiree medical/dental insurance forms and return these to the Washington State Health Care Authority within 30-60 days of your retirement date.
  7. If you want to continue life insurance after separating from the WWU, check out life insurance portability or conversion at Life Insurance Continuation.

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Additional Information

Considering a return to work after retirement? Returning to work after retirement requires a minimum of one full calendar month break in service after retirement, and may require up to 90 days. There are no exceptions. In addition there are restrictions on post-retirement employment. Failure to understand and track post-retirement employment limits can result in the retiree’s loss of pension. Learn more about post-retirement employment rules for Washington State retirees (including WWU employees).

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