The New York State Teachers’ Retirement System (NYSTRS) was established in 1921 by an act of the state legislature and is the second largest of eight public retirement systems in New York State. NYSTRS administers the fund from which public school teachers and administrators employed outside New York City receive retirement and ancillary benefits.

NYSTRS directs a defined benefit plan. In addition to a service retirement pension, this includes disability and death benefits; the ability to borrow from member contributions; and, in some cases, coverage for beneficiaries. Eligibility for benefits generally is based on factors such as age, years of service, final average salary and tier of membership.

Payments to eligible members and beneficiaries are guaranteed by law and cannot be diminished or impaired under New York’s current constitution. Benefit improvements, such as early retirement incentives, must be enacted into law by the state legislature and governor. NYSTRS provides the legislature with statistical and cost information on bills affecting members.

You will need your Employee Identification Number the first time you visit the site in order to create a new member account. You will find this number on any correspondence you have received from the system, including the annual benefit profile statement you receive.
The public pension funds of New York State are overseen by the Office of the State Comptroller, a position currently held by Thomas P. DiNapoli. The link below will bring you to this office’s webpage that provides reports about the Retirement Fund.
Another link for further information related to benefits available to active members.