Total Rewards

(Benefits, Leave & Compensation)


KPERS Retirement

(Mandatory Retirement Plan Providor)





The Kansas Public Employees Retirement System

The Kansas Public Employees Retirement System in its fiduciary capacity, exists to deliver retirement, disability and survivor benefits to its members and their beneficiaries.  KPERS administers three statewide defined-benefit retirement plans for state and local public employees:

  • Kansas Public Employees Retirement System
  • Kansas Police and Firemen's Retirement System
  • Kansas Retirement System for Judges

Our membership totals over 289,000 active, inactive and retired members. We also manage approximately $17 billion in assets for our members' benefits. The System also oversees KPERS 457, a voluntary deferred compensation plan for state employees and many local employees.

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Counseling Sessions

Would you like to estimate how much you will make from your KPERS retirement when you retire?  Are you vested?  When are you eligible for retirement?  A KPERS representative will be on campus providing One-on-One counseling/account review sessions to help you answer these and any other KPERS related questions.

Date Time Location Room
Tuesday, 1 May 2018 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM* Rhatigan Student Center Meeker Room 238
Wednesday, 2 May 2018 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM * Rhatigan Student Center Meeker Room 238

* Appointments required.

To make an appointment, please email totalrewards@wichita.edu with your request.  Please include your name, myWSU ID, and your preferred date/time.  A Human Resources Total Rewards representative will respond with a confirmation.

Contact KPERS ( https://www.kpers.org/contactus.html) for more information or to speak with a KPERS Specialist anytime!

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Doing a KPERS Retirement Right


The process can seem intimidating but if you have all your ducks in a row, its not bad at all.  Use thislist to navigate the retirement process.


  1. Attend a KPERS pre-retirment seminar or webinar.
  2. Find out when you can retire.  This depends on your age and years of service.  As soon as you know when you are eligible, then you can decide when you want to.  When can retire?
  3. Calculate a benefit estimate in your KPERS account.
  4. Know your payment options.  KPERS 1 | KPERS 2 | KPERS 3 | KP&F
  5. Apply for retirement at least 30 days before the day you want to retire.  Remember, your benefits don't start automatically.
  6. Consider if you want to continue basic or optional life insurance.  Convert to whole life or continue "port" term life (if under 80).
  7. Use the IRS withholding calculator to determine your tax withholding.
  8. Estimate your Social Security benefits.
  9. Figure out your health insurance.
  10. Look at other retirement income sources.  Figure out what is the best way to turn your savings into income.

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Benefit Estimate

It’s a good idea to request a benefit estimate now so you have an idea of how much retirement income you can expect. You can calculate an estimate in your KPERS account. This calculator uses your own account info and lets you save estimates for later. We also have a generic calculator that you can use, but it won’t have your personal info. You’ll have to enter it on your own. If you prefer the old-fashioned route, you can request a Benefit Estimate and we’ll do it for you. Keep in mind, estimates are just estimates. They can vary from your actual monthly benefit, which won’t be calculated until you apply for retirement

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Pick Your Date

KPERS & KP&F: 1st day of month, must be off payroll.

Remember, your service quarters round up or down.  Two quarters round up up to equal on year of service.  Working even a few extra days may push you into the next quarter and help boost your maximum monthly benefit.  Contact KPERS if you need help!  Email kpers@kpers.org or call toll-free 1-888-275-5737.

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KPERS Pre-Retirement Seminars

KPERS hosts both in-person seminars and online webinars that cover retirement topics. If you're within 5 years of retirement, these events will help you decide the best time to retire and the steps to get you there. They cover:

  • Choosing a date
  • How to calculate your benefit
  • Steps in the process
  • Payment options
  • Even taxes, life insurance and working after retirement


In-Person Seminars

See the full schedule of seminars to find one near you.

Register by logging into to your online KPERS account (https://www.kpers.org/), and click on "Seminar Registration" on the left side of your screen, contact kpers@kpers.org, or call KPERS toll-free at 1-888-275-5737.

2018 KPERS In-Person Seminar at Wichita State University:

KPERS Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

WSU Eugene M. Hughes Metroplolitan Complex
(29th & Oliver)

Robert Lowe Auditorium Park on the West side
KP&F Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:30 PM-8:00 PM WSU Eugene M. Hughes Metroplolitan Complex
(29th & Oliver)
Room #138 Use East-side Door D

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Online Webinars

Getting ready to retire?  KPERS is offering quarterly KPERS and KP&F pre-retirement webinars.  They'll cover the same information as their in-person spring seminars.

REGISTER HERE (https://www.kpers.org/active/preretirement.html#seminar)

2018 KPERS Pre-Retirement Webinar Dates & Times:

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About Webinars

• Live web-based video conference
• Lasts about an hour with a Q&A session afterward
• For KPERS 1 and 2, or KP&F members within five years of retirement
• Pre-registration is required


• Choosing a retirement date
• How to calculate your benefit
• Steps in the process
• Payment options
• Taxes
• Life insurance

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KPERS Online Retirement Information Center

Ready to Retire Picture

Is retirement years away?  Or is it right around the corner?

Either way, you should have information at your fingertips to be prepared for this milestone event.

Now you have it!

If you’re thinking about retirement, you can learn about how KPERS retirement works all in one place.  If you’re close enough to retirement to think about the details, you now have easy-to-get, straight-forwards answers at the new online KPERS Retirement Info Center (https://www.kpers.org/retire/index.html.) Click through it at home.  Go through it with your spouse.  Simple and informative.

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Other Helpful KPERS Retirement Resources

(Information can be found at https://www.kpers.org/active/preretirement.html#seminar.)

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Questions?  Contact KPERS

• kpers@kpers.org
• Toll-free, 1-888-275-5737

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Updated: 2/13/18 SP