Pension & Retirement Education Program

Pension & Retirement Education Program
PREP sessions are designed to help members of all ages prepare for retirement.
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(800) 348-7298, Ext. 6180

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.

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. (8:45-10:15 a.m.)
  • Financial Planning: Saving early, catching up, withdrawals, financial advisors. (10:30-11 a.m.)
  • Social Security: Benefits, eligibility rules, when to collect, earning limits. (11-11:25 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.)
  • The Retirement Process: Retirement options, "resigning" vs. "retiring," choosing a retirement date, retirement checklist, monthly payments, taxes, earnings limitations on NYS public employment. (2:35-3:30 p.m.)

Seminars are held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Please note the timeframes above are the typical schedule, however, the times for modules may change depending on the availability of the presenters. 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.)

PREP seminars often fill up, so book early. Can't attend a seminar now? We begin taking reservations for our three PREP schedules during the year in: mid-September (fall schedule); mid-December (winter/spring schedule); and, mid-May (summer schedule).

Location Address Dates Directions
NYSTRS Headquarters
10 Corporate Woods Drive
Albany, New York 12211

Wednesday, March 18
Thursday, April 2

DoubleTree by Hilton - Binghamton
225 Water Street
Binghamton, New York 13901

Wednesday, March 4

Holiday Inn Buffalo - Intl Airport
4600 Genesee Street
Cheektowaga, New York 14225

Wednesday, February 19
Thursday, March 12
Saturday, April 18

Holiday Inn Elmira-Riverview
760 East Water Street
Elmira, New York 14901

Thursday, March 5

Hyatt House - Fishkill
100 Westage Business Center Drive
Fishkill, New York 12524

Saturday, February 29

L.I. - Hauppauge
Radisson Hotel Hauppauge - Long Island
110 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, New York 11788

Wednesday, February 19
Saturday, March 7
Tuesday, March 24
Tuesday, April 7

L.I. - Melville
Conference and Meeting Center of Long Island
324 South Service Road
Melville, New York 11747

Thursday, February 20
Wednesday, March 25
Wednesday, April 8

L.I. - Westbury
Nassau BOCES
1 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, New York 11590

Tuesday, February 18
Monday, March 23
Monday, April 6

Mount Kisco
Holiday Inn Mount Kisco
1 Holiday Inn Drive
Mount Kisco, New York 10549

Friday, February 28

The Conference Center at Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES
131 Drumlin Court
Newark, New York 14513

Friday, April 17

RIT Inn and Conference Center
5257 West Henrietta Road
Rochester, New York 14467

Thursday, February 20
Friday, March 13

Holiday Inn Syracuse - Liverpool
441 Electronics Parkway
Syracuse, New York 13088

Friday, February 21
Saturday, March 14
Thursday, April 16

The Burrstone Inn
1777 Burrstone Road
New Hartford, New York 13413

Tuesday, March 3


There are two ways to make a reservation:

  1. Online using your MyNYSTRS account. After logging into your account, visit the Tools > Schedule a Consultation or PREP page; or,
  2. By calling NYSTRS at (800) 348-7298, Ext. 6180.

When calling for a reservation you must provide your EmplID or Social Security number, email address and home phone number (and the same information for your spouse/companion if (s)he is a member and will attend too).

Please bring your latest Benefit Profile with you 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 but cannot attend, please call the number above to cancel (or cancel using your MyNYSTRS account) so that we can offer this reservation to another member.

For directions to a specific location, select a site from the following drop down menu.

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