Service credit is the accumulated period of time, in years and partial years, during which you receive creditable compensation and make contributions to the Defined Benefit Program. In addition to credit for actual service, you may receive service credit for creditable compensation for certain employer-approved leaves of absence. Service credit may also be purchased under certain circumstances.
The age factor is the percent of final compensation you are entitled to for each year of service credit. This percentage is determined by the date you were first hired to perform CalSTRS creditable activities and your age on the last day of the month in which your retirement is effective.
If you are a CalSTRS 2% at 60 member, and you retire with 25 or more years of service credit, CalSTRS uses your highest 12 consecutive months of average annual compensation earnable as the final compensation component in your retirement calculation.
If you are a CalSTRS 2% at 62 member, your final compensation is based on your highest 36 consecutive months of average compensation earnable, and you are not eligible for 12 month final compensation.
To provide a lifetime monthly benefit to someone when you die, you can elect an option at retirement (this is different from the one-time death benefit). An option allows you to distribute your retirement benefit over your life and the life of your option beneficiaries. If you did not make a preretirement election of an option, your option election is effective as of your retirement date.
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. Three provisions also affect current members. As a result, CalSTRS now has two benefit structures:
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.