Saving Extra for Retirement

Voluntary Retirement Savings Program VRSP, picture of coins
Voluntary Retirement Savings Program VRSP, picture of coins

One key step you can take to improve your financial future is saving for your retirement. The VRSP is a benefit available to you as a University of Iowa employee if your wages are subject to tax withholding. Although the University does not match these contributions, the VRSP allows you to save additional before-tax and after-tax (Roth) money for retirement. By participating in the VRSP with before-tax contributions, you lower your federal and state taxable wages, but not Social Security or Medicare taxable wages. 

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Benefits Office

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The University of Iowa
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120 University Services Bldg.
Iowa City, IA 52242-1911
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Extra contributions cannot be made to the "basic" retirement account. Extra contributions must be put into the Voluntary Retirement Savings Program (VRSP). Some VRSP contributions can be made on a tax-deferred or after-tax basis.

The Voluntary Retirement Savings Program is available for employees to make additional contributions to a retirement plan.  This was formerly referred to as GSRA or a Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity.  Because there are multiple products offered for employees to use for savings, this has been renamed the Voluntary Retirement Savings Program.  The IRS establishes the maximum that can be contributed to this 403(b) plan.  Refer to the Benefits Saving Extra for Retirement website for instructions to enroll.

Any employee who receives a paycheck with Federal, State, and FICA tax deductions can contribute to the Voluntary Retirement Savings Program.