The Fall 2014 SMART Retirement & Beyond schedule is now available!
The Governor has signed into law the Fiscal 2015 state budget. The COLA for eligible state and teacher retirees was included in the items that were approved. The COLA is 3% of the first $13,000 of a retiree's annual benefit.
The Department of Higher Education received a favorable ruling from the Internal Revenue Service regarding implementation of Section 60 of the state's Pension Reform Act of 2011, thus providing the opportunity to re-evaluate choice of retirement plans: the ORP or the Massachusetts State Employee's Retirement System (MSERS). Please click on link for more information ORP Information
Please direct your ORP queries to the ORP email box: ORP@bhe.mass.edu
Click here to view the MSERS ORP Seminar Presentation file size 1MB
PLEASE NOTE: Employees of the Massachusetts State Retirement Board cannot, and are not authorized to, advise you in any manner as to which plan is better suited for you. Please carefully review all materials that were mailed to you by the DHE. Certain plan provisions under the MSERS may not be applicable to transferring ORP participants.
July retirement checks will be mailed on Tuesday, July 29th and direct deposits will be deposited on Thursday, July 31st as scheduled.
Retired Members' 2014 Biennial Benefit Verification Form
If you are a benefit recipient of the Massachusetts State Employees’ Retirement System (“MSERS”) you should have received a Benefit Verification Form (“BVF”) in the mail that was due back on April 11, 2014. A second mailing went out and that response was due back on July 4th, 2014. A third mailing will go out in the next week or two. Response date will be listed in the mailing. BVF FAQs
What is MSERS?
The Massachusetts State Retirement Board administers the Massachusetts State Employees’ Retirement System (MSERS) for state employees and certain other employees of public entities. The Board also administers the former Massachusetts Turnpike Authority Employees’ Retirement System and benefits for members of the Judiciary. The MSERS is a contributory defined benefit retirement system governed by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 32. The system provides retirement, disability, survivor, and death benefits to members and their beneficiaries. This governmental plan is a Code section 401(a) retirement plan under Code section 414(d) of the Internal Revenue Code, established and maintained for the employees of the Commonwealth.
Membership in the system is mandatory for nearly all state employees who are employed on a part-time (minimum half time) or full-time permanent basis.