Hybrid Members: See Hybrid Retirement Plan Education.

Course details and registration information are available for a variety of educational mediums. You can even sort topics based on your current educational needs.

  

Retirement Planning

  • Are You on Track? – This presentation for current Plan 1 and Plan 2 members (hired before January 1, 2014) educates you on your VRS membership and the importance of planning now for your future. Topics include an overview of your VRS benefits and optional programs, purchase of prior service and member resources such as our online self-service tool, myVRS.

  • Are You Ready to Retire? – This presentation for current Plan 1 and Plan 2 members (hired before January 1, 2014) who are within five years of retirement guides you through important retirement decisions (such as when to retire and selecting a benefit payout option). Other topics include using myVRS and benefits after retirement.

  • Your Next Steps – This presentation for current Plan 1 and Plan 2 members (hired before January 1, 2014) who are fewer than 12 months away from retirement walks you through the retirement application process. Topics include a timeline of action items, an overview of the required forms, post-retirement considerations (such as taxes and COLA) and your VRS resources after retirement.

  • Retiree Education – VRS offers a variety of workshops and courses covering a wide array of topics. These topics are often available in multiple formats. Choose an in-person workshop or watch a course online. We're currently offering Living in Retirement Workshops as well as Financial Wellness courses. Discover how you can lead a happier retirement.

  • Starting Point: For Early Career Investors – When should you start saving for retirement? Now is a good time. As you begin your career, retirement should be something you save for along the way. Join us to learn about designing a budget, why you should start saving now and investing basics.

  • Looking Ahead: Prioritizing Saving for Retirement – It's important to continue saving for retirement mid-career – even when other financial needs crop up. In this seminar, we'll discuss how to ensure that your future remains a priority even when life gets in the way. Join us to learn about designing a budget, why you should start saving now and investing basics.

  • Eye on the Prize: Almost There! – For late-career members, exciting times are ahead as retirement approaches. Make sure the ride is a smooth one. In this webinar, we'll discuss how much retirement will cost, Social Security planning and our ready-to-retire checklist.


Financial Literacy

  • What's Financial Wellness? flash icon – Access money-management information, increase your knowledge of financial best practices and make sense of things like credit, insurance and taxes. Tips, tools and time-savers will help you on your way now and also prepare you for retirement.


Benefit Topics

  • Purchase of Prior Service – Considering purchasing prior service credit but not sure how it will impact your benefit or even if it's worth purchasing? Attend this webinar to learn more about the different types of prior service that can be purchased and credited to your service and how it affects your benefit. The webinar explains how to calculate the cost and the different methods of payment to choose from.

  • VRS Overview – This presentation for current Plan 1 and Plan 2 members (hired before January 1, 2014) provides details on your benefits as a member of the Virginia Retirement System. Topics covered will include the value of your benefit, vesting and retirement eligibility and ways to enhance your benefit for retirement.

  • Benefit Payout Options – Did you know there are four payout options to choose from when retiring? Or maybe you're just not sure which payout option to select. Learn the basics of a service retirement: retirement eligibility; how a benefit is calculated; the payout options to choose from.

  • Health Insurance Credit – Health insurance for some tends to be the largest deduction from a retirement benefit. Did you know a portion of your health insurance premiums may be reimbursed to you as a retirement benefit? This webinar will provide information on the Health Insurance Credit. We will talk about who is eligible for this credit, how the credit is calculated and how to apply for it.