Effective Dates of Retirement Participation


Classified Staff

Participation in the State of Washington Department of Retirement Systems is mandatory and contributions begin on the first day of employment (RCW 41.40.108).

Professional Staff

Professional Staff are eligible to participate in the Western Washington University Retirement Plan (WWURP) or the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) Plan 3 administered by the Department of Retirement System (DRS) on the first day of employment if the position being held is expected to work more than 70 hours per month for more than five (5) months of the plan year.

WWURP or Plan 3 eligible employees have 30 days from the date the Benefits Services notifies you of your option to elect between WWURP or the PERS Plan 3. Once 30 days have passed, will be defaulted to the WWURP 2-year Optional Period.

Faculty (Tenure/Tenure Track and Part-Time/Adjunct)

Part-time and adjunct faculty are eligible to participate in the Western Washington University Retirement Plan (WWURP) or the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Plan 3 administered by the Department of Retirement System (DRS) on the first day of employment if the position being held is expected to work more than 70 hours per month for more than five (5) months of the year (two consecutive quarters greater than 40% FTE).

If the position being held is contracted quarterly (quarter-by-quarter), eligibility begins after two consecutive quarters working at least 40% FTE. WWU does not coordinate with other Universities or Community Colleges in determining eligibility for the WWURP.

WWURP or Plan 3 eligible employees have 30 days from the date the Benefits Services notifies you of your option to elect between WWURP or the PERS Plan 3. Once 30 days have passed, will be defaulted to the WWURP 2-year Optional Period.

 


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