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  • Chalkboard with text "Ready for Retirement"

    Retiring in 2017?

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

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  • MTRS main office

    We moved in October!

    Our main office is now located in Charlestown

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  • State house building in Boston

    Pension forfeiture

    Board's legislation proposing pension forfeiture for conviction of child pornography receives initial support on Beacon Hill

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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!

Notice of October Board meeting

Please note that the Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement Board will hold its next meeting on Friday, October 28, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room of its Charlestown office, at 500 Rutherford Avenue, Suite 210, Charlestown, MA. Meetings are generally held on the last Friday of the month unless otherwise noted. For discussion topics, see the meeting agenda pdf format of Agenda 10/28/16
. For information on past meetings, see Board meeting agendas and minutes.

Retiring in 2017? 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.