CalSTRS Defined Benefit Program is a traditional defined benefit plan that provides retirement, survivor and disability benefits. Your Defined Benefit retirement benefit is based on a formula set by law using your age, service credit and final compensation.
If you were first hired…
You are covered under the following benefit structure:
Your eligibility for retirement is:
On or before December 31, 2012
CalSTRS 2% at 60
Age 50 with at least 30 years of service credit
Age 55 with five years of service credit—or under
On or after January 1, 2013
CalSTRS 2% at 62
Age 55 with at least five years of service—or under special circumstances*
*Special circumstances of concurrent retirement with certain other California public retirement systems.
The California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (Chapter 296, Statutes of 2012) made significant changes to the benefit structure that primarily affect members first hired to perform CalSTRS creditable activities on or after January 1, 2013.
Under the CalSTRS 2014 Funding Plan, signed by the Governor in June 2014, contribution rates from all parties—members, employers and the state—to the Defined Benefit Program will be increasing gradually over the next several years. The member rate increases slightly depending on your benefit structure.
If you return to work after service retirement in a position with the California public school system as an employee, an employee of a third party, or an independent contractor, there are restrictions.
Form 1099-R is the Internal Revenue Service form reporting a taxpayer’s distributions from pensions, annuities, IRAs, insurance contracts, profit-sharing plans and/or retirement plans (including section 457 state and local government plans).
Electronic privacy is crucial for the ongoing success of the Internet as a convenient means to provide customer service. Your personal information will be used only to conduct CalSTRS-related business.
The California State Teachers’ Retirement System website has been developed in compliance with California Government Code §11135, which requires that all electronic and information technology developed or purchased by the State of California is accessible to people with disabilities. There are various types of physical disabilities that impact user interaction on the web. Vision loss, hearing loss, limited manual dexterity, and cognitive disabilities are examples, with each having different means by which to access electronic information effectively.