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NYSTRS Benefits

NYSTRS administers retirement, disability and death benefits for eligible members. Eligibility for benefits varies.

Most members will receive a service retirement benefit upon completion of their public service careers. However, a member who becomes disabled and cannot continue to work may qualify for a disability retirement benefit. There are also several types of death benefits available through NYSTRS.

Benefit eligibility depends on factors such as your tier of membership, age, earnings and total service credit. Estimates for each benefit type are provided in your Benefit Profile, which is sent to you annually and is also available online with a MyNYSTRS account.

Benefit explanations and eligibility rules are covered in the pages in this section.