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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, disability coverage, loans, vesting, death benefits. (8:45-10 a.m.)
  • Financial Planning: Saving early, catching up, withdrawals, financial advisors. (10:15-10:45 a.m.)
  • Social Security: Benefits, eligibility rules, when to collect, earning limits. (10:45-11:20 a.m.)
  • Estate Planning: Wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care proxies, living wills, long-term care. (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
  • Retirement—A New Beginning: Planning ahead, staying active and healthy, relationships, relocating. (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
  • Filing for Retirement: Retirement options, "resigning" vs. "retiring," choosing a retirement date, retirement checklist. (2:40-3:15 p.m.)
  • Retirement Income: Monthly payments, taxes, earning limitations on NYS public employment. (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 2015 Schedule

Location

Date(s)

Address

Albany Thursday, April 9
Friday, May 8
NYSTRS Headquarters
10 Corporate Woods Drive
Albany, NY 12211
Buffalo Wednesday, April 8 Millennium Airport Hotel
2040 Walden Avenue
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
Buffalo Wednesday, May 6 Buffalo Marriott Niagara
1340 Millersport Highway
Amherst, NY 14221
Fishkill Tuesday, March 31 Ramada
542 Route 9
Fishkill, NY 12524
Ithaca Thursday, April 2 Ramada
2310 North Triphammer Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
L.I. – Plainview Saturday, April 18
Saturday, May 2
Residence Inn
9 Gerhard Road
Plainview, NY 11803
L.I. – Riverhead Friday, April 17 Hotel Indigo – East End
1830 West Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
L.I. – Ronkonkoma Friday, May 1 Courtyard by Marriott
5000 Express Drive South
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Rochester Friday, April 3
Thursday, May 7
Holiday Inn Airport
911 Brooks Avenue
Rochester, NY 14624
Syracuse Tuesday, April 7 Holiday Inn
441 Electronics Parkway
Liverpool, NY 13088
Utica Wednesday, April 1 Radisson Hotel
200 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13502

 

Directions to PREP Sites

Future Programs

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

Season

Sessions Held

Schedule Posted

Fall

October December

Mid-September

Winter/Spring

February May

Mid-December

Summer

July August

Mid-May

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) 348-7298, 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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