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    Active and retired members take note: Board Election now underway

    Eligible voters should have received ballots by November 17; be sure to vote by December 10

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  • Chalkboard with text "Ready for Retirement"

    Retiring in 2016?

    Register for a "Ready for Retirement" seminar in November or December

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  • State house building in Boston

    Pension forfeiture

    Board's legislation regarding pension forfeiture for conviction of child pornography pending with the Joint Committee on Public Service

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  • A calculator that says REFUND

    Active and inactive members: Leaving (or left) service and thinking about withdrawing your funds?

    Understand what it means to take a refund, and find out how to apply

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  • A pile of money in various denominations

    Are you due unclaimed funds?

    If you are a survivor, beneficiary, executor or executrix of a deceased MTRS member or benefit recipient, the MTRS may have unclaimed funds on account for you

    Learn More »

  • Bus with stop sign

    Retirees: Returning to work for a Massachusetts employer?

    Know the rules before you do

    Learn More »


The Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System is the largest of the Commonwealth’s 104 contributory retirement systems. We provide retirement, disability and survivor benefits to more than 90,000 active educators and 62,000 retirees and survivors. We’re glad to have you as a visitor and encourage you to browse often!

Benefit recipients: November check mailing and direct deposit dates

November pension checks will be mailed on Wednesday, November 25th and direct deposits will be made on Monday, November 30th, as scheduled. As a reminder, monthly benefit payments are payable on the last business day of each month (i.e., checks are dated and payable on that last business day of the month, and direct deposits are credited to bank accounts on the last business day of the month).

Active and retired members take note: Board election now underway—
You should have received your ballot by November 17; be sure to vote by December 10

As we do every four years, we are now conducting an election for the two elected positions on our seven-member Board. Your ballot should have arrived by November 17; please be sure to vote—either online or by mail—by the deadline of December 10, 2015.

Eligible to vote but didn't get a ballot? Call us! If you have not yet received your ballot, but believe you are eligible to vote, please call our Cambridge office at 617-679-6877 and request a ballot. We will then determine your eligibility and, if appropriate, send a ballot directly to you.

For more information, including the three candidates' statements, please see our 2015 Board Election page.

Our Board representatives work to safeguard the future of our members' benefits, and we encourage all eligible MTRS members to vote!

Retiring in 2016? Ready for Retirement is just the ticket!

One of our most popular programs, "Ready for Retirement" will be offered at several locations across the Commonwealth in November and December. During this nuts-and-bolts seminar, you will learn exactly what to do—and expect—as you go through the retirement process. This free, optional program is designed specifically for members retiring in the next year, and is held after school, from 4 to 6 p.m. To attend, simply register online. We hope you can join us!

"Excellent presentation and helpful attitude by all present...Thank you!" –Program attendee

Dear Members, please bear with us during this extremely busy time!

If you're waiting to hear from us on a request for service, we ask that you please be patient. We received more than 20,000 service purchase applications after Pension Reform III, and the record-setting volume has caused lengthy processing delays. Although we had anticipated a temporary increase in the number of applications—and increased staffing levels accordingly—the volume simply and significantly exceeded our projections.

We are very sorry for any delay you may experience, and ask that you please bear with us during what is an extremely busy time for our staff. Thank you in advance for your understanding and continued patience.

NOTE: If you are retiring within the next four to six months and you have one or more service purchase applications currently pending with us, please let us know so that we may give your service purchase requests priority.