Longevity Bonus—Special Situations

General Information


The amount of your longevity bonus can be affected by:


  • Divorce
  • Participating in the Reduced Workload Program
  • Retiring in the middle of the school year

Remember, December 31, 2010 was the sunset date to qualify for eligibility.

Situations Not Eligible For Longevity Bonus

You may currently receive a benefit that does not qualify for the bonus, even if you have the minimum 30 years of service credit. These include:

  • Disability allowance or disability retirement benefit.
    • Coverage A and B disability benefits are based on 50 percent of final compensation, not service credit.
    • Review an introduction to disability benefits.
  • Family allowance or survivor benefit.

Situations Where a Benefits Planning Session Is Recommended

Benefit planning is recommended if you:

  • Receive differential pay.
  • Perform assignments that accelerate total service credit.
  • Plan to retire mid-year. Mid-year retirement can impact your final compensation.

Remember two things:

Contact us or meet with a benefits specialist to discuss how these affect the longevity bonus.

Very Specific Situations That May or May Not Affect Eligibility

Divorce Settlement

If you lost some of your service credit in a divorce, your bonus eligibility is not affected.

For example:

If you had 30 years of service credit and the court awarded your spouse five of those years as part of the divorce settlement, your bonus eligibility is based on your original 30 years, not the 25 you are left with after the divorce.

Reduced Workload Program

If you participate in the Reduced Workload Program:

  • Complete your contract for the school year to earn full service credit.
  • Contact CalSTRS to find out how your eligibility for the longevity bonus may be affected.

For more information on the Reduced Workload Program, review the background and eligibility requirements of the longevity bonus or see the Member Handbook.