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Educational Programs

TRS offers the following educational programs to eligible members in our training facility at 55 Water Street. Open Onsite Educational Programs below for the upcoming schedule.

Getting Ready for Retirement: This is a tier-specific program for members planning to retire in the next 12 months. The program guides members through the retirement application process, describes retirement plans and payment options, and explores some post-retirement issues to help your transition to retirement.

Introduction to the TDA Program: This program is for in-service members who are new to the Tax-Deferred Annuity (TDA) Program, TRS' supplemental retirement plan. The plan's features and benefits are presented, and the steps for enrolling are explained. Whether you haven’t joined TDA yet or you want to learn how to maximize your participation, this session is for you.

Your TRS Benefits and Services: This is a program for Tier IV members with under 10 years of membership service. It gives an overview of membership benefits and TRS services and addresses key topics such as purchasing service credit, understanding TRS account statements, and using the TRS website to manage your account.

Tier VI—Planning for Tomorrow: Designed just for Tier VI members, this program describes TRS benefits, contributions, and services. The session also explains purchasing service credit, enrolling in the TDA Program, and using the TRS website to manage your account.

TDA Options at Retirement: At the time of retirement, there are decisions you will have to make regarding your Tax-Deferred Annuity account. We will discuss the 3 options you have to  make regarding this important source of retirement income.

Retirement Payment Options for Tiers III/IV/VI: Are you a Tier III, IV or VI member who wants to learn more about how your pension will be paid? This program will discuss the payment options you will have to choose at retirement. We will discuss the maximum option, choices that provide continuing payments to a beneficiary, and other options that provide for one or more beneficiaries.

Tier III/IV Pension @ Retirement (No TDA): We will guide members through the retirement application process for the Qualified Pension Plan only. We will discuss the factors that determine your retirement allowance, retirement plans, payment options and filing procedures.

After-Retirement Earnings: Are you retired? Are you collecting your pension and planning to work after retirement? This program is designed for service retirees who are planning to  earn income in New York City/State public employment. There may be restrictions on the amount you may earn while collecting a retirement allowance from TRS. We will discuss the waivers you may have to file.

Final Average Salary for Tier III/IV: Final Average Salary (FAS) is one of the key factors that make up your retirement allowance. During this session, we will discuss how the FAS is determined at retirement.

Tier III/IV Service Retirement Plans: TRS members will receive a guaranteed retirement allowance under the Qualified Pension Plan after meeting certain age and service requirements. This session will discuss the available plans and eligibility requirements.

Onsite Educational Programs

Please check back soon. We will be offering additional classes in the fall.

Classes are held in our Member Education Center on the second floor at 55 Water Street. Once a class is filled, it is removed from the list.

Members who would like to attend an educational program must register in advance by logging in to the secure section of our website and accessing the Educational Programs feature.

How to Register

Members who would like to attend an educational program must register in advance. To register, please log in to the secure section and access the Educational Programs feature. As an alternative, you may contact our Member Services Center for a registration form, or use the registration forms that are regularly published in our In-Service News newsletter.

Online Educational Programs

Tier III/IV Service Retirement Plans (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

Getting Ready for Retirement – Tier IV (9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

TDA Options at Retirement (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) 

Final Average Salary for Tier III/IV (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) 

Retirement Payment Options for Tier III/IV/VI (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)