CalSTRS pay dates

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Scheduled benefit payment dates are listed in the tables below. December direct deposit payments are made in January of the following year.

Mailing dates are determined by the State Controller’s Office, the check issuer.

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Payments are made in arrears, meaning the amount you receive each month is the payment for the prior month’s benefit. CalSTRS benefit checks are sent in the mail or electronically if you have direct deposit.

Benefit month Southern California and out-of-state check mailing date* Northern California check mailing date** Direct deposit date
November 2020 11/25/2020 11/25/2020 12/1/2020
December 2020 12/29/2020 12/30/2020 1/4/2021
January 2021 1/28/2021 1/29/2021 2/1/2021
February 2021 2/25/2021 2/26/2021 3/1/2021
March 2021 3/29/2021 3/30/2021 4/1/2021
April 2021 4/28/2021 4/29/2021 4/30/2021
May 2021 5/27/2021 5/28/2021 6/1/2021
June 2021 6/28/2021 6/29/2021 7/1/2021
July 2021 7/28/2021 7/29/2021 7/30/2021
August 2021 8/27/2021 8/30/2021 9/1/2021
September 2021 9/29/2021 9/30/2021 10/1/2021
October 2021 10/28/2021 10/29/2021 11/1/2021
November 2021 11/29/2021 11/29/2021 12/1/2021
December 2021 12/30/2021 12/31/2021 1/3/2022

*Southern California – Zip Codes Series 900-930
**Northern California – Zip Codes Series 931-961

CalSTRS supplemental pay dates

Benefit month Southern California and out-of-state check mailing date* Northern California check mailing date** Direct deposit date
December 2020 12/29/2020 12/30/2020 1/4/2021
March 2021 3/29/2021 3/30/2021 4/1/2021
June 2021 6/28/2021 6/29/2021 7/1/2021
September 2021 9/29/2021 9/30/2021 10/1/2021
December 2021 12/30/2021 12/31/2021 1/3/2022

*Southern California – Zip Codes Series 900-930
**Northern California – Zip Codes Series 931-961

Choose direct deposit

You can have your check electronically deposited in your bank account by applying online at myCalSTRS or by filling out the Direct Deposit Authorization form.

Direct deposit is safe and fast

  • More than 90 percent of CalSTRS retirees choose direct deposit.
  • It is safe, quick and reliable.
  • It reduces the risk of your check getting lost in the mail, stolen or forged.
  • If your check is lost, stolen or forged, replacing your check takes less time.

If your check is late

Benefit checks received by mail

  • Contact CalSTRS if you have not received your check by the fifth business day of the month.
  • Make sure we have your correct mailing address. You can update your address online at myCalSTRS or by filling out and submitting an Address Change Request form by mail.

Benefit checks received through direct deposit

  • Your financial institution has until the close of the direct deposit date above to place the funds in your account. Contact your financial institution to find out what time your funds are placed in your account.
  • Contact CalSTRS if you have questions.