Retirement Benefits

More information about preparing for retirement, retirement pension plans (defined benefit plans - ERFC, VRS, and FCERS), and supplemental retirement savings plans (defined contribution plans - 403, 457, VRS Hybrid 457)

Health Care Benefits in Retirement

All FCPS employees thinking about retirement should review the Health Care Benefits in Retirement webpage

NOTE: This information is not intended to be a comprehensive reference and should be reviewed in conjunction with other FCPS benefits materials. In the event of any conflict between official benefit plan documents, benefit contracts, and this information, the official information will govern.


Retirement Pension Plans

A retirement pension plan (also called a defined benefit plan) is a retirement plan that an employer sponsors, where employee benefits are computed using a formula that considers factors, such as length of employment, salary history, and age.

Fairfax County Public Schools participates in three different mandatory pension plans to help you achieve your retirement goals. They are administered by the following independent agencies:


Supplemental Retirement Savings Plans

A supplemental retirement savings plan (also called a defined contribution plan) allows you to set aside pre-tax dollars through payroll deductions to save for retirement. You choose a percentage of your salary to be invested in mutual funds you select inside the retirement plan. The amount you have at retirement depends on how much you as the employee save in the plan, how long you keep those funds invested, and how well your investments perform inside the plan.

  • 403(b) for all FCPS employees. If you are eligible for the 457(b) program, you may participate in both plans.
  • 457(b) for full-time and part-time salaried employees of FCPS.

Learn more about these plans on the Supplemental Retirement Savings Plans webpage.


VRS Hybrid 457

This defined contribution plan for all Hybrid Retirement Plan members. This plan allows you to make additional contributions and receive partial matching contributions from FCPS. You may participate in this plan even if you are also participating in the 403(b) or 457(b) plan. Learn more on the VRS Hybrid 457 webpage.