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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

  • Your Next Steps Webinar – This webinar 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.

  • 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.

  • Nearing Retirement Workshop – Planning to retire within the next 5 years? Join us for this half-day workshop featuring industry professionals who will provide resources to help prepare you for the transition into retirement.

  • Building Retirement Security Workshop – Do you have mid-career financial goals? Perhaps you'd like to reduce your debt, start a family or establish a savings plan for a major purchase or retirement. Join us for this half-day workshop featuring industry professionals who will cover a range of topics including credit and debt management, protecting your finances and retirement planning.

  • 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.

  • Hazardous Duty - VALORS – This webinar explains retirement eligibility requirements, discuss the hazardous duty supplement and understand the multiplier that is used to calculate the service retirement benefit. It also provides the resources available to help you get starting on planning your future.

  • Hazardous Duty - SPORS – This webinar explains retirement eligibility requirements, discuss the hazardous duty supplement and understand the multiplier that is used to calculate the service retirement benefit. It also provides the resources available to help you get starting on planning your future.

  • Hazardous Duty for Political Subdivisions – This webinar is for employees in VRS-covered positions who are eligible for enhanced hazardous duty benefits. Topics include eligibility and how other benefits, such as disability retirement and the purchase of prior service credit, affect enhanced hazardous duty.


Financial Literacy

  • Presenter: Virginia Credit Union

    ">Rebuilding After a Financial Crisis – After a job loss, a medical crisis or other hardship can send a normal financial situation into a tailspin. Participants will learn how to get their finances back on track, including budgeting, repaying debt, rebuilding credit, establishing emergency savings and replenishing retirement savings.
    Presenter: Virginia Credit Union

  • Presenter: Social Security Administration – Jacqueline Weisgarber

    ">Social Security: With You Through Life's Journey – Social Security touches the lives of every American, both directly and indirectly. Learn how Social Security helps older citizens, workers who become disabled, wounded warriors and families in which a spouse or parent dies. Today, about 171 million people work and pay Social Security taxes, and about 61 million people receive monthly Social Security benefits. Explore how retirement, disability and survivors benefits improve the quality of life for millions throughout life's journey.
    Presenter: Social Security Administration – Jacqueline Weisgarber

  • Presenter: ICMA-RC – Steven Scott

    ">One-on-One meetings – If you have either a Commonwealth of Virginia 457 Deferred Compensation Plan, Virginia Cash Match Plan and/or are a member of the Hybrid Retirement Plan, register for a one-on-one counseling session.
    Presenter: ICMA-RC – Steven Scott

  • Presenter: Virginia Credit Union – Cherry Dale

    ">Raising a Money Smart Kid – Are you a parent to a child ages 3 to 18 years old? Have you had the "money talk" with them? Regardless of your child's age, it is important to start teaching them how to be money smart. Learn tips from a financial expert and mom on how to help teach your child basic money skills. Discover activities that you can do with your child or teenager to help them better understand basic money concepts.
    Presenter: Virginia Credit Union – Cherry Dale

  • Presenter: Virginia Credit Union

    ">The Sandwich Generation – The Sandwich Generation is positioned in the middle. They care for aging parents, while supporting their own children. In this workshop, participants will learn how to manage their parents' medical, legal and financial needs, while ensuring they stay financially prepared for their kids' future.
    Presenter: Virginia Credit Union

  • Presenter: ICMA-RC – Steven Scott

    ">Understanding Your Investment Options for the Commonwealth of Virginia 457 Deferred Compensation Plan, Virginia Cash Match Plan and/or the Hybrid Retirement Plan – If you have either a Commonwealth of Virginia 457 Deferred Compensation Plan, Virginia Cash Match Plan and/or are a member of the Hybrid Retirement Plan, register for a one-on-one counseling session.
    Presenter: ICMA-RC – Steven Scott

  • Presenter: ICMA-RC – Steven Scott & VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan Counselor – Sally Godsey

    ">Hybrid Retirement Plan Features and Benefits – Improve your knowledge of the defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) components of the Hybrid Retirement Plan. Explore the payout options for the DB component and your investment options for the DC component. In addition, the seminar will highlight your other VRS benefits as a hybrid member. You'll learn how to access your account and tap into retirement planning resources including publications and online tools.
    Presenter: ICMA-RC – Steven Scott & VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan Counselor – Sally Godsey

  • Presenter: Virginia Credit Union

    ">Are You Financially Healthy? – In this workshop, you will discover what it means to be financially healthy, which encompasses so much more than the one score everyone asks you about today—your credit score. True financial health is based on four key components: spend, save, borrow and plan. You'll also get a chance to confidentially determine your own Financial Health Score and the steps you can take to improve that score.
    Presenter: Virginia Credit Union

  • Presenter: CowanGates – Scott Stovall, Attorney

    ">Wills and Estate Planning – Confused over the difference between a will versus a living will? Is legalese not your second language? This seminar will provide insight and guidance on estate planning that you're sure to find valuable, no matter your age.
    Presenter: CowanGates – Scott Stovall, Attorney


Benefit Topics

  • Benefit Payout Options Webinar – 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Hybrid Plan 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, the different methods of payment to choose from, and how to initiate the process.