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    Active members: Questions about retirement? Attend "Your MTRS Benefits"

    Register online and choose from 9 dates and locations

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    Retirees: Thank you for your patience as our vendor processes your Benefit Verification forms

    No need to call--we will send you a yellow postcard to acknowledge receipt of your form within four to six weeks after it has been processed

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    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

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    Retirees: Returning to work for a Massachusetts employer?

    Know the rules before you do

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    Pension Reform III affects all MTRS members

    Understand what it means for you

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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 88,000 active educators and 59,000 retirees and survivors. We’re glad to have you as a visitor and encourage you to browse often!

Active members: Learn about "Your MTRS Benefits" at our spring programs

Your MTRS Benefits is an optional, free, two-hour informal program for any member who wants more information about MTRS retirement benefits—whether you are a two-year member, mid-career educator, or soon-to-be-retiree. To attend, register online.

Retirees: If you have returned your 2015 Benefit Verification form, thank you! If not, please watch for your "Second Notice" to arrive between April 3 and April 10

If you have already returned your completed 2015 Benefit Verification form, thank you! If you lost or misplaced your original form, please watch your mailbox for a "Second Notice" to arrive by April 10—and be sure to return your completed form by Thursday, April 30.

Has your address changed within the last six months? If so, and you have not yet notified us of your new address, your original Benefit Verification Form may have been returned to us, and your "second notice" may also be returned. Please be sure to send us a change of address form, and include a note to request that another Benefit Verification Form be sent to you at your new address.

For more information, please see: Benefit Verification process.

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.