I retired from my school months ago, but I still haven’t received a pension check. Why is that?
To begin receiving your retirement benefit, you must file a retirement application with NYSTRS. Notifying your employer that you are resigning is a separate process from retiring and collecting a pension.
We encourage you to file your retirement application online through your MyNYSTRS account because doing so has many advantages. The online version has built-in logic to help ensure you don’t inadvertently miss a step or make a mistake that would cause a rejection of the application or a delay in your benefit payments.
Filing online also saves time and money because you won’t need to have the online application notarized or pay for postage. The application will be deemed received as soon as you submit it online.
Alternatively, you may print an Application for Retirement (RET-54) from our website, complete it, have it notarized, and mail it to NYSTRS. If we receive a document sent by registered or certified mail, we deem it filed on the postmark date. Otherwise, it is deemed filed on the date we receive it.