Eligibility, the Benefit and Filing
Tier 1 Members: You are eligible to retire at age 55.
Tier 2 and 3 Members: You must have at least five years of service credit after July 1, 1973. You are eligible to retire with full benefits at age 62, or may choose early retirement with a reduced benefit between ages 55 and 62.
Tier 5 and 6 Members: You must have at least 10 years of service credit. You are eligible to retire with full benefits at age 62, or may choose early retirement with a reduced benefit between ages 55 and 62.
For all tiers, if you recently changed employers, you may be required to complete five years of service before you can retire under the benefits of this plan.
Regardless of tier, if you work for an employer that offers a special plan (that allows retirement after 20 or 25 years of creditable service, regardless of age), you must retire by the first day of the month following your 70th birthday, even if you have not elected the special plan.
With 25 years of creditable service, your service retirement benefit will be 1/50th (2 percent) of your FAS for each year of service. You will receive an additional 1/60th (1.66 percent) of your FAS for each year of service credit over 25 years. If you retire with less than 25 years of service credit, your benefit will be 1/60th (1.66 percent) of your FAS for each year of service credit.
If you made voluntary annuity savings contributions, your benefit will also include an annuity purchased by those contributions and the interest earned. The contributions required of Tier 5 and 6 members are not annuity savings contributions.
The maximum pension payable to Tier 2, 3, 5 and 6 members is the benefit payable upon completion of 32 years of service. (For Tier 2 members who retired prior to August 28, 2007, the maximum pension was the benefit payable upon completion of 30 years of service.)
Your Application for Service Retirement (RS6037) must be on file with the Office of the State Comptroller at least 15 days, but not more than 90 days, before the date on which your retirement will occur.