Active members of PSERS who terminate all PA public school employment and are not vested (eligible for a monthly retirement benefit), may apply to receive a refund. A refund is a return of your contributions and any interest earned on this money.
Different membership classes have different eligibility requirements to receive a refund. The following members qualify for a refund:
Class T-C and Class T-D members who terminate employment with fewer than 5 years of service.
Class T-E and Class T-F members who terminate employment with fewer than 10 years of service.
Special rules apply if you terminated public school employment before July 1, 2001. You should contact PSERS for more information.
To request a refund of your account, please contact PSERS directly at 1.888.773.7748.
Class T-C and Class T-D members who have 5 or more years of credited service may request to receive a refund of their contributions and interest and also receive a monthly retirement benefit.
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Q: What is the status of my refund? Why is it taking so long?
A: Every member account is exclusive and needs to be reviewed, audited, calculated and processed - based on information supplied to us by your employer(s). Unfortunately, there are times when errors in reporting or posting have occurred and adjustments are necessary. Normal processing for a refund takes approximately
3 to 4 months from the date the application was received, providing there is no missing or unclear information on the
Application For Refund.