With PSERS, you're on your way
The Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) is an agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that administers the retirement plan for Pennsylvania’s public school employees.
For over 100 years, PSERS has provided secure retirement benefits for millions of public school employees. It's time for you to start your own retirement journey!
Your retirement needs you
New members of PSERS will receive several important pieces of information from us explaining that an account was established for you. PSERS will ask you to verify information such as:
- Personal information
- Contact information
- Beneficiary information
- Membership class information
- Employer information
Read PSERS Communications - Once qualified, new members will receive some important items such as the Welcome Packet and Class Election Packet (if applicable). If you have a PSERS Member Self-Service (MSS) account, you are automatically enrolled in Paperless Delivery which means that PSERS will deliver information to you electronically instead of through physical mail. You should check your account periodically to ensure you do not miss important information.
Nominate and Maintain Beneficiaries - A beneficiary is the person(s) or entity(ies) you wish to receive your retirement benefits upon your death. You may nominate and change your beneficiary nomination electronically at any time through the MSS Portal. Alternatively, you may submit a Nomination of Beneficiaries (PSRS-187) form to PSERS. Please note that your most recently submitted Nomination of Beneficiaries will supersede previous nominations.
Elect Multiple Service
(if applicable)- If you have former service credited with the Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System (SERS) for work performed for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, you may elect multiple service, which combines state and school service. You must elect multiple service through the MSS Portal within 365 days of the date stated in your membership letter or prior to termination, whichever is earlier.
Purchase Service Credit
(if applicable)-Certain types of service credit purchases have time restrictions.
Review information on PSERS website and take advantage of resources such as free
Foundations for Your Future (FFYF) programs conducted by PSERS retirement representatives.
Keep your email and mailing address current through the
MSS Portal. - Members with an MSS account are automatically enrolled in paperless delivery, which means that they will receive their communications electronically. Members with an MSS account are sent an email notifying them when their statements and documents are generated and available on the "My Documents" tab on MSS. You can manage your paperless settings at any time through the "Paperless Option" tab. Ensure you receive important updates from PSERS by checking your Spam folder and adding the following email addresses to your contacts:
As a PSERS member, you'll join with over a half million fellow public school employees who are also members. You'll contribute to your own personal PSERS retirement account and have a safe and secure benefit payment(s) from one of the largest public retirement plans in the nation.
Register for the PSERS Member Self-Service (MSS) Portal
Member Self-Service (MSS) Portal offers you secure, convenient, 24/7 access to your pension account information. With the MSS Portal, you can conduct many pension plan-related transactions online instead of filling out paper forms or contacting PSERS staff. Plus, you will receive instant confirmation of your transactions, instead of waiting for confirmation to be mailed to you.
Register today! To get started, follow the instructions on the
MSS Quick Start Guide to register for your MSS Account. All you need is your PSERS ID and a valid email address.