Webinars

To join a webinar, select “Join” 10 to 15 minutes before the scheduled start time (Pacific Time). No need to register! Most webinars are 30-minute presentations followed by 15 minutes for questions. We recommend you choose a time when you’ll have 60 minutes available.

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Nearing Retirement Seminars are currently being offered as webinars.


Get to know the plans

Choosing a plan

Which plan is right for you, Plan 2 or Plan 3? Your plan choice is permanent. We’ll cover the following for PERS, TRS and SERS members:

  • Plan comparison
  • Benefits of each plan
  • Contribution amounts

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Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022 at 12 pm
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Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 9 am

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DCP

The Washington Deferred Compensation Program (DCP) makes saving for retirement easy. Find out about:

  • Flexible contributions
  • Tax benefits
  • Investment approaches
  • Account updates
  • Withdrawal options

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Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 at 12 pmJoin
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 at 3 pmJoin
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 9 amJoin

Plan 2

Let’s talk about the essentials of your plan. We’ll cover:

  • Your benefit amount
  • Retirement eligibility
  • How to increase your retirement income

Plan 2: PERS, TRS, SERS

For Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) and School Employees’ Retirement System (SERS)

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Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 at 12 pmJoin
Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 3 pmJoin

Plan 2: LEOFF, WSPRS, PSERS

Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Retirement System (LEOFF), Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS) and the Public Safety Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS).

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Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022 at 9 amJoin

Plan 3

Let’s talk about the essentials of your plan. We’ll cover:

  • Your benefit amount
  • Retirement and withdrawal eligibility
  • How to increase your retirement income

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Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 at 12 pm
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Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 3 pm
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Multiple plans

Are you a member of more than one DRS retirement pension plan? What about a city plan? We’ll cover:

  • What is dual membership?
  • Your benefit calculation
  • Multiple plan coordination

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Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 at 10:30 amJoin

Plan 1

Let’s talk about the essentials of your plan. We’ll cover:

  • Your benefit amount
  • Retirement eligibility
  • How to increase your retirement income

PERS Plan 1

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TRS Plan 1

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WSPRS Plan 1

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Withdrawals and retirement

Early retirement

Are you a PERS, TRS or SERS member thinking about retiring early? We’ll explore your options and cover common questions customers ask when planning for early retirement.

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Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 at 9 amJoin
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 12 pmJoin

Purchasing an annuity or service credit

Are you interested in permanently increasing your monthly retirement income? Let’s look at purchasing an additional benefit.

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Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 at 10:30 amJoin
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022 at 3 pmJoin
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 12 pmJoin

If I knew then what I know now

Best practices are a good thing not only during our working careers, but they are especially important for when we retire. This presentation shares some of the wisdom collected from those who have made that big step.

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 at 3 pmJoin

Getting ready for retirement

Find out the steps you can take to prepare and apply for DRS retirement.

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Applying for retirement

We’ll preview the steps you’ll take to request a formal estimate and apply for retirement online.

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DCP withdrawals

Explore distribution options for your Deferred Compensation Program account.

  • Payment options
  • Leaving money in DCP
  • Purchasing an annuity or service credit
  • Rollovers and more

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Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 at 3 pmJoin
Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 9 amJoin

Plan 3 withdrawals

Explore distribution options for your Plan 3 investment account contributions.

  • Payment options
  • Leaving money in Plan 3
  • Rollover and annuity options

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Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 at 3 pmJoin
Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 12 pmJoin

Benefit options at retirement

When you apply for retirement, you’ll choose from four benefit payment options offered by your plan. This webinar will discuss your options as well as qualifying reasons to change your option after you retire.

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Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 at 12 pmJoin
Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 at 9 amJoin
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 3 pmJoin

Nearing retirement seminar

Retiring in the next few years? DRS half-day retirement seminars are currently being offered online. See the schedule below or visit Seminars for more information.

Also see DRS nearing retirement videos.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 at 9 amJoin
Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022 at 9 amJoin
Friday, March 11, 2022 at 9 amJoin

Financial wellness

See also Deferred Compensation Program webinar schedule.

Online resources

Explore DRS retirement income tools and resources available at your fingertips! We’ll show you how to find the help you need at all career stages to prepare for a successful retirement.

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Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 at 12 pmJoin

Estimate your benefit

Create and use benefit estimates throughout your career to help plan for retirement. We’ll show you how.

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Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 at 9 am Join

Investment basics

DCP and Plan 3 have investment accounts. Find out more about the essentials of investing. We’ll talk about:

  • Setting savings goals
  • Considering your time horizon
  • Identifying your tolerance for risk
  • Diversifying among asset classes
  • Periodically updating investment strategies

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Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 at 9 amJoin

Identity theft and protection

Find out how to protect your information and avoid scams with this presentation from an outside expert at DFI. Content includes:

  • How to avoid becoming a fraud victim
  • Tricks scam artists use
  • What to do if someone steals your information
New webinars coming soon

Specialty topics

Medicare

We’ll have an outside expert from SHIBA join us to discuss Medicare basics along with other available healthcare resources. See Social Security’s publication about Medicare. Also see this Health Care video by DRS.

New webinars coming soon

Social Security basics

We’ll be joined by an outside expert from Social Security to discuss:

  • Who receives Social Security benefits
  • How age affects the payment
  • How the payment is calculated

You’ll need your Benefit Statement from Social Security prior to this webinar.

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New webinars coming soon

Disability and death benefits

For PERS, TRS and SERS members, this webinar provides answers for some tough questions:

  • What if I need to retire because of a disability?
  • What if I die before I retire?
New webinars coming soon

Working after retirement

PERS, TRS and SERS members, thinking about working after retirement? Find out the potential impact to your Plan 2 or Plan 3 benefit if you return to work for an employer covered by one of the state retirement systems.

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Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 at 9 amJoin

To attend, you’ll need a computer with internet access and sound. We recommend you join the webinar 10-15 minutes early to test your connection. If you have a microphone, please mute it after you join the webinar. For assistance, see how to Join a DRS Webinar.

People with disabilities who need assistance, or those who require an alternate format, contact Tina Greene at 360-664-7005 (TTY 711).

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