Life Insurance Overview

MetLife’s Group Variable Universal Life (GVUL) insurance is a single policy with two features — life insurance and savings options — that enable you to maintain your family’s future financial security while letting you save today.

Group Variable Universal Life (GVUL)

This variable universal life insurance provided by MetLife and available through your employer combines life insurance protection with a tax-deferred investment feature.*

  • What's yours is yours. GVUL is permanent1, portable, and individually-owned coverage that goes with you from one employer to the next at competitive group rates.
  • Flexible coverage options as your needs change over time.2
  • Protects loved ones with life insurance coverage.
  • Help secure your financial future by supplementing your retirement income.
  • Saving with the tax-deferred investment feature gives you:
    • Flexibility to start or stop your investment contributions, change your fund allocations or make a lump sum contribution at any time during the year.3
    • Freedom to keep and spend more of what you’ve earned. You’ll have access to your cash savings when you need it through loans and withdrawals, with no early withdrawal penalties or surrender charges.3
    • Choice of a wide spectrum of nationally recognized investment funding options — including stocks and bonds, money market funds4 and an interest-bearing fixed account with a guaranteed minimum interest rate5

Understanding the GVUL tax-deferred savings feature

Let's examine two scenarios that satisfy the same needs: financial protection and investment


Scenario 1: Purchasing Life Insurance while investing separately

  • All potential gains from the money invested are subject to tax
  • The life insurance premium is an expense only

Scenario 2: Enrolling in GVUL where life insurance and investment are combined into one policy

With GVUL, each dollar of life insurance premium offsets a dollar of potential taxable investment earnings. If, at the time of withdrawal, your cash value does not exceed your tax-free basis (premium for insurance coverage + additional premium for investment), your entire withdrawal will be tax-free

  • All potential earnings on your investment grow tax-deferred.
  • The life insurance premium turns an expense into potential tax savings by increasing the tax-free basis

An investor should consider his or her current and anticipated investment horizon and income tax bracket when making an investment decision, as the illustration may not reflect these factors. MetLife, its agents, and representatives do not provide tax and/or legal advice.

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A GVUL Surrender form will need to be completed and submitted. Your policy will be cancelled as of the date we receive the form. You may call 1-866-574-2861 prompt 4 for questions around your GVUL policy.

*Please review the other insurance tabs as cancellation process for other plans are different.

*Any discussion of taxes is for general informational purposes only and does not purport to be complete or cover every situation. MetLife, its agents and representatives may not give tax advice and this website should not be construed as such. Please seek advice based on your particular circumstances from a qualified tax advisor.

1 If you choose to apply for increased coverage, the increase may be subject to underwriting. MetLife will review your information and evaluate your request for coverage bases upon your answers to the health questions, Metlife's underwriting rules and other information you authorize us to review. In Certain cases, Metlife may request additional information to evaluate your request for coverage.

2 To the maturity age specified in your certificate.

3 If you choose to apply for increased coverage, the increase may be subject to underwriting. We may ask you a few health questions. Increase amounts are subject to program rules.

4 In general, participants may withdraw cash value equal to premiums paid without tax consequences although less favorable rules may apply in the first 15 years. However, if the funding of the certificate exceeds certain limits, it will become a "modified endowment contract" (MEC) and become subject to "earnings first" taxation on withdrawals and loans. An additional 10% penalty for withdrawals and loans taken before age 59½ will also generally apply. We will notify you if a contribution would cause your certificate to become a MEC. Withdrawals and loans reduce the death benefit and cash value, thereby diminishing the ability of the cash value to serve as a source of funding for cost of insurance charges, which increase as you age. Withdrawals are subject to an administrative fee of 2% of the amount withdrawn, not to exceed $25

5 Money market funds are neither insured nor guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Although they seek to preserve the value of your investment at $1.00 per share, it is possible to lose money by investing in the fund.

6 Guarantees are subject to the financial strength and claims-paying ability of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.

Like most insurance policies, MetLife GVUL contains exclusions, limitations and terms for keeping it in force. MetLife can provide you with costs and complete details.

Money allocated to the variable investment portfolios is subject to market risk, and when redeemed may be worth more or less than your original investment. Please review the GVUL prospectuses for important information regarding the variable investment portfolios, including charges and expenses.

Prospectuses for Group Variable Universal Life insurance and its underlying portfolios can be obtained by calling (800) 756-0124. You should carefully read and consider the information in the prospectuses regarding the contract's features, risks, charges and expenses, as well as, the investment objectives, risks, policies and other information regarding the underlying portfolios prior to making any purchase or investment decisions. Product availability and features may vary by state. All product guarantees are subject to the financial strength and claims-paying ability of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.

Group Variable Universal Life insurance has limitations. There is no guarantee that any of the variable options in this product will meet its stated goals or objectives. Cash value allocated to the variable investment options is subject to market fluctuations so that, when withdrawn or surrendered, it may be worth more or less than the amount of premiums paid.

Group Variable Universal Life insurance (GVUL) is issued by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MLIC), New York, NY 10166, and distributed by MetLife Investors Distribution Company (MLIDC) (member FINRA). MLIC and MLIDC are MetLife companies. MetLife's standard Certificate Forms, available on or after 5/1/09 include: Certificate Forms 30044 (5/01) As amended by form 3E59 (5/2005)