For updates and news since October 6, 2017, please visit our News page.

The information on our website is current as of October 6, 2017. Because of the ongoing migration of state websites to a new platform, the MTRS is not able to update the pages on this site. For any updates since October 6, please see our News page on the new


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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 91,000 active educators and over 63,000 retirees and survivors. We’re glad to have you as a visitor and encourage you to browse often!

Fall 2017: South entrance to Hood Park parking lot closed during construction

The south entrance to the Hood Park parking lot is currently closed, and will remain closed during the ongoing construction. Accordingly, please use the north parking lot entrance when visiting our main office. 

You may park in any available space in the Hood Park parking lot, and both north and south lobbies of 500 Rutherford Avenue will remain open during construction. 

Handicapped accessible parking is available in front of the north entrance to 500 Rutherford Avenue, and on the west side of 510. These spaces may be an inconvenient distance from the part of the building our office occupies however, so if you would like special assistance, please let us know in advance and we will arrange to make access to our office as convenient as possible. 

Please use the north entrance into the Hood Park parking lot, as construction has caused the south entrance to be closed. Both the south and north entrances to our building are open.

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.