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.)
  • Filing for Retirement: Retirement options, "resigning" vs. "retiring," choosing a retirement date, retirement checklist. (2:35-3:15 p.m.)
  • Retirement Income: Monthly payments, taxes, earning limitations on NYS public employment. (3:15-3:30 p.m.)

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.)

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

July 20; August 18

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

July 13; August 10

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel
200 Riverside Drive
Clayton, New York 13624

July 12

542 Route 9
Fishkill, New York 12524

August 11

2310 North Triphammer Road
Ithaca, New York 14850

August 9

L.I. - Melville
Melville Marriott
1350 Walt Whitman Rd.
Melville, New York 11747

July 13; August 17

L.I. - Plainview
Residence Inn
9 Gerhard Road
Plainview, New York 11803

July 27

L.I. - Riverhead
Hotel Indigo - East End
1830 West Main Street
Riverhead, New York 11901

July 26

L.I. - Ronkonkoma
Courtyard by Marriott
5000 Express Drive South
Ronkonkoma, New York 11779

July 12 & 28; August 16

Lake Placid
High Peaks Resort
2384 Saranac Avenue
Lake Placid, New York 12946

July 11

Holiday Inn
68 Crystal Run Road
Middletown, New York 10941

July 19

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

July 14; August 10

Treadway Inn & Conference Center
1100 State Route 17C
Owego, New York 13827

July 7

Lexington Hotel Rochester Airport
911 Brooks Avenue
Rochester, New York 14624

July 14; August 3

Holiday Inn
441 Electronics Parkway
Syracuse, New York 13088

July 6; August 4


There are two ways to make a reservation:

  • Online using your MyNYSTRS account. After logging into your account, visit the My Tools > Schedule Appointments page; or,
  • By calling NYSTRS at (800) 348-7298, Ext. 6180.

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.

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

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