Benefits Plans - Retirement Savings Plans: How to cancel

Basic Retirement Savings Plan: How to Cancel (Waive) Enrollment

You may cancel (waive) your enrollment in the Basic Retirement Savings Plan using Self Service > Benefits on Wolverine Access by selecting the option Initiate Ret Savings Elections.  You have until 7 p.m. EST on the day you create the event to complete your election or it will expire and you will not be able to use Self Service > Benefits until the following pay period.   This procedure does not cancel your enrollment for the 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Account (SRA) or the 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan.

Click here for step-by-step instructions

Cancel (waive) Enrollment
If you cancel (waive) enrollment in the Basic Retirement Savings Plan, your contribution and the U-M contribution (if you are eligible) will be canceled.  You may enroll again at a later date, also using Self Service > Benefits on Wolverine Access.

Compulsory Participants
If you are a compulsory participant in the Basic Retirement Savings Plan (you are age 35 or older, with two or more years of eligible service, and you have a 100% appointment effort), call the SSC Contact Center at 734-615-2000 for information on how to cancel your Basic Plan participation.

Effective Date of Your Election
When you select Initiate Ret Savings Elections on Self Service > Benefits in Wolverine Access you are creating an event that allows you to enter your enrollment or change your existing election.  The date you create the event determines the effective date and which paycheck the change will take effect. 

Cancelling your enrollment in the Basic Plan may be effective during the same month or it may be effective the following month, depending on when you create the event.  Review the tables in the links below carefully to determine which paycheck you are affecting.  The first column in the table shows the date your paycheck is issued. The second and third columns contain the date range to use Self Service > Benefits in order to make your enrolment or change take effect in that paycheck. 

Bi-weekly Deadlines

Monthly Deadlines

Limitations on Effective Dates

  • You may use Self Service > Benefits once per pay period to make an election for the Basic Plan and the SRA. You may make one election per calendar month if you are paid monthly.  Likewise, you may make one election for per bi-weekly pay period.
  • If you have already made one election for a pay period you cannot create anotheruntil the following pay period.  This applies regardless of whether you made an election for both the Basic Retirement Plan and the 403(b) SRA or for just one plan but not the other. 

Step-by-step Instructions

Using Self Service > Benefits
Cancelling your enrollment in the Basic Retirement Savings Plan requires a two-step election.  You will need to first “waive” enrollment in the Basic Plan and then also “waive” enrollment under the investment vendor allocation.  Click the link in each step to view an illustration of the corresponding self-service page.

  1. Go to the Wolverine Access Gateway at
  2. Select the Faculty & Staff tab
  3. Select Employee Self-Service
  4. Enter your uniqname and password
  5. Select Benefits
  6. Select Initiate Ret Savings Elections
  7. Select the button that reads Select this option to Enroll/ Change/Cancel Your Basic Retirement Savings Plan or your Supplemental Retirement Account (SRA)
  8. Select Next
  9. Review the effective date and select Continue
  10. Select the button at the bottom of the page that reads Select
  11. Select Edit under the option Voluntary Retirement
  12. Select Waive
  13. Select Store
  14. Review your elections and select OK
  15. Select Edit under the Retirement Vendor option.
  16. Select Waive (no coverage)
  17. Select Store
  18. Review your elections and select OK
  19. Select Submit to save your elections
  20. Read the information on this page, scroll down and select Submit
  21. Review your confirmation number and submitted elections; select Return to Enrollment to view your event status
  22. Review your enrollment status.
  23. Select Sign Out to securely log off at the top of the window.
  24. Select Log Out to continue the process to securely log off.
  25. Select Log Out to complete the process to securely log off.



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