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Pension & Retirement Education Program (PREP)

Schedule | Making a Reservation | Directions to Sites

Many retirees wish they began focusing on financial and retirement planning much earlier in their lives. The truth is: No matter how far along you are in your career, careful financial and retirement planning are critical.

NYSTRS' Pension & Retirement Education Program (PREP) is designed to help members of all ages prepare for retirement. PREP is structured to allow you to tailor the program to fit your needs. Stay for the entire seminar (see the full agenda) or just the modules below that would be of greatest significance to you:

  • NYSTRS Benefits: Your pension, death benefits, and disability coverage. (8:45-9:45 a.m.)
  • Financial Planning: Tax-deferred investments starting early and catching up later. (10-10:45 a.m.)
  • Social Security: Benefits, eligibility rules, and collecting ASAP or at "normal" retirement age. (10:45-11:15 a.m.)
  • Estate Planning: Wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care proxies, and living wills. (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
  • Retirement—A New Beginning: Planning ahead, staying active and healthy, and relocating. (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
  • Filing for Retirement: Resigning vs. retiring, choosing a retirement date, and benefit payment options. (2:40-3:15 p.m.)
  • Retirement Income: Monthly benefit payments, cost-of-living adjustments, and working in retirement. (3:15-3:30 p.m.)

Watch our PREP video to learn how NYSTRS can PREP you for retirement. You may also print the PREP poster and brochure.

Seminars are held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m. There is no fee to attend and your spouse/companion is welcome to attend, but you must make a reservation in advance. (Note: These seminars are not designed for individual retirement counseling.)

Winter/Spring Schedule




Albany Tuesday, May 6 NYSTRS Headquarters
10 Corporate Woods Drive
Albany, NY 12211
Buffalo Thursday, May 8 Millennium Airport Hotel
2040 Walden Avenue
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
Ithaca Wednesday, April 16 Ramada
2310 North Triphammer Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
L.I. – Melville Friday, May 2 Melville Marriott
1350 Old Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY 11747
L.I. – Ronkonkoma Saturday, May 3 Courtyard by Marriott
5000 Express Drive South
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Owego Saturday, May 10 Owego Treadway Inn and Conference Center
1100 State Route 17C
Owego, NY 13827
Syracuse Friday, May 9 Holiday Inn
441 Electronics Parkway
Liverpool, NY 13088
Utica Tuesday, April 15 Radisson Hotel
200 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13502

Directions to PREP Sites | 2014 Winter/Spring Schedule Flyer

Future Programs

This chart indicates when the schedules of other seasonal programs will be posted here.


Sessions Held

Schedule Posted


October December



February May



July August


Making a Reservation

There are two ways to make a reservation:

  1. Online using your MyNYSTRS account. After logging into your account, select the "My Tools" tab and then "Schedule Appointments."
  2. By calling NYSTRS at (800) 356-3128, Ext. 6180 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Please provide your:
    • NYSTRS EmplID or Social Security number;
    • Date of birth; and,
    • Home address and telephone number.

If your spouse/companion is attending and is also a member, please have the above information available for him/her as well.

Please bring your most-recent Benefit Profile to the seminar. For the most up-to-date estimate of your retirement benefits, use our online MyNYSTRS Pension Estimator. This tool allows you to create estimates using various retirement dates.

If you make a reservation and subsequently cannot attend, please cancel by calling the number above or via your MyNYSTRS account so your place can be made available to another member.

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