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Refunding Contributions

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.  Click here for more information. 


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.