The following information is taken directly from the website and meant to give you a start on the process of considering your retirement. A wealth of additional information retirement planning can be found by going directly to Issues particular to your individual case are best determined in consultation with a NYSTRS representative. We hope the information below is helpful as you begin to consider your next steps.

Retirement checklist

COVID-19 Note: PREP seminars are canceled until further notice. To ensure you have the information you need to make informed decisions, we offer below video versions of our PREP modules on NYSTRS benefits and filing for retirement.

A host of additional useful resources is available on this website. For example, our Ready to Retire  page has links to a variety of publications, videos and forms to help you prepare for retirement.

If you have specific questions regarding your situation, send us a secure message from your online MyNYSTRS account. If you have general questions, email them to our Information & Communication Center at You can also call us at (800) 348-7298, Ext. 6250.

PREP Module Videos

The following video versions of our PREP modules are being offered for the duration of time that PREP seminars are canceled.

NYSTRS BenefitsYour pension, disability coverage, loans, vesting, and death benefits.  (Download presentation slides and the  PREP Workbook chapter)

Financial Planning: Saving early, catching up, withdrawals, and financial advisors.
(Download presentation slides and the corresponding PREP Workbook chapter)

Social Security: Social Security benefits, eligibility rules, when to collect, and earning limits.
(Download presentation slides and the corresponding PREP Workbook chapter)

Estate Planning: Wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care proxies, living wills, and long-term care.
(Download presentation slides and the corresponding PREP Workbook chapter)

Living The Retirement Dream: Post-retirement topics, including planning ahead; staying active and healthy; relationships; and relocating.
(Download presentation slides and the corresponding PREP Workbook chapter)

The Retirement Process: Retirement options, “resigning” vs. “retiring,” choosing a retirement date, retirement checklist, monthly payments, taxes, and earnings limitations on NYS public employment.
(Download presentation slides and the corresponding PREP Workbook chapter)

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