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Account Statements for August 31 Now Available [posted 9/25/17]

Monthly Account Statements as of August 31, 2017 are now available through the secure section of our website.

In-service members can access their account balances, loan information, and investment elections. Members with TDA Deferral status can access their TDA account balances, investment elections, and loan and RMD information.

TDA Rate Changes by 9/16 Effective for October UFT Payment [Updated 9/20/17]

In October, many TRS members will receive a lump-sum retroactive payment under the United Federation of Teachers’ collective bargaining agreement. Often, members receiving such a payment choose to increase their TDA contribution rate in advance, because the additional pay provides a rare opportunity to make a large one-time deposit into their TDA Program account.

The retroactive payment is scheduled for the October 16 payroll. So, if you want to increase your TDA contribution rate in advance, TRS must receive your election by this Saturday, September 16. (This deadline was extended to Thursday, September 21 at 9:00 AM.)

To change your TDA contribution rate, log in to the secure section of our website. Rate changes always take effect on the next available payroll, and the online "Change Rate" feature displays which payroll that will be.

Remember, your new TDA contribution rate will remain in effect until you change it, so you'll probably want to make another online rate change in time for the following payroll.

The general TDA contribution limit for 2017 is $18,000, but exceptions apply. For more information, please review our TDA Program Summary.

September 2017 Unit Values Available [posted 9/14/17]

The September unit values for the variable-return Passport Funds are now available. Unit values are based on each portfolio's closing market value as of the end of the preceding month.

For 2017 UFT Retirees, October Payment Includes TDA Deduction [posted 9/13/17]

United Federation of Teachers members who retired on or after July 1, 2014 are scheduled to receive a retroactive payment in October as part of their union’s collective bargaining agreement.

For UFT members who retired in 2017, TDA contributions will be taken from that payment. (Normally, retirees cannot contribute to their TDA accounts; however, contributions taken from payroll are permitted in the year of retirement.)

For these retirees, TDA contributions will be taken at the same contribution rate that was in effect when they retired. Members who want this contribution returned to them may request a refund from TRS.

Watch Upcoming Board Meetings Online [posted 9/7/17]

The next regular Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The next Investment Meeting of the Teachers' Retirement Board will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2017. Meetings are streamed live on TRS' website and are normally available for on-demand viewing within two business days.

Updated Publication for Retirees Is Available [posted 9/1/17]

We have posted an update of our TRS Retiree's Companion. This publication is a handy reference guide for our retired members, covering benefit payments, financial and legal issues, and more.

1.2% COLA Takes Effect with September's Retirement Payments [posted 8/30/17]

This year's annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for eligible retirees will be 1.2%, effective with the September 2017 retirement allowance payments. This adjustment is calculated on the lesser of the retiree's maximum fixed retirement allowance or $18,000.

The COLA is provided to service retirees who are at least age 62 and have been retired for at least 5 years, service retirees who are at least age 55 and have been retired for at least 10 years, and certain disability retirees and surviving spouses.

Updated Publication for CUNY Employees Is Available [posted 8/18/17]

We have posted the 2017-2018 edition of the TRS Membership for CUNY Employees brochure. It contains handy information about TRS benefits and resources for new CUNY employees. Since many CUNY employees can choose between TRS or TIAA for their retirement plan provider, the brochure also includes a side-by-side comparison of both retirement programs.

Latest Quarterly Statements Are Online [posted 8/10/17]

Account statements for the period ending June 30, 2017 are now available for online viewing in the secure section of our website.

The Quarterly Account Statement (QAS), for in-service members and certain members on leave, summarizes account information for members' Qualified Pension Plan and, if applicable, Tax-Deferred Annuity Program accounts.

The TDA Quarterly Statement, for members with TDA Deferral status, summarizes TDA account information for members who are maintaining a TDA account after retirement (or, in some cases, resignation).

Printed statements have been mailed to members' home addresses. If you currently receive your quarterly statements in the mail, consider opting out of the mailing and viewing the statement online instead. To change your mailing preference, select My Profile after logging in to the secure section of our website. To ensure that you receive emails from TRS, please add to your address book.

We've Updated Our Login Process! [posted 7/10/17]

TRS' enhanced login process will provide a new level of security for your online TRS account information.

After July 16, you will initially need to select a security image when you log in; the image will appear on subsequent logins to confirm you are logging in to the official TRS site. In addition, if you forget your password or we don't recognize the computer you're using, we’ll send you a verification code to verify your identity.

We've also enhanced our registration process. So, if you've never created a username and password to access your TRS information online, now’s a great time to do it!

Corrected Member Newsletters Posted [posted 6/28/17]

We have posted an updated edition of our Spring 2017 In-Service News and Benefits Report newsletters. This edition corrects errors that previously appeared on page 2 of each newsletter and on page 2 of the insert about the upcoming Balanced Fund. We regret these errors. On the Newsletters page, you can view the corrected Spring 2017 issues or choose an issue from our archives dating back to 2011.

New Filing Deadline for World Trade Center Law [posted 10/6/16]

Qualifying members who worked in the World Trade Center Rescue, Recovery, or Cleanup Operations between September 11, 2001 and September 12, 2002 may file a Notice of Participation (code DI40) with TRS. Beneficiaries of qualifying members who died without having filed this form may file the beneficiary version of the Notice of Participation (code DI40b). TRS must now receive the Notice of Participation and, if applicable, an Authorization for Release of Health-Related Information (code DI47) by September 11, 2018.

Please see the World Trade Center Presumptive Disability and Death Benefit Laws information sheet for a list of qualifying conditions or impairments of health and other important information.