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The History of TRS
The Teachers Retirement System of Georgia (TRS) was established in 1943 by an act of the Georgia General Assembly to provide retirement security to those citizens who choose to dedicate their lives to educating the children and adults of Georgia.
Tags: Mid-Career, New Hire, Pre-Retirement, Retiree
Published: September 1, 2021
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Forms
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Tags: Mid-Career, New Hire, Pre-Retirement, Retiree
Published: August 26, 2021
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Privacy Policy
Welcome to the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia’s (TRS) website (the/this “Site”). Please read this visitor agreement and terms of service; by visiting and using this Site, you accept the following terms:
Published: August 27, 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19 and Teachers Retirement System for Members, Retirees, and Employers
Tags: Mid-Career, New Hire, Pre-Retirement, Retiree
Published: May 20, 2020
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Plan B
Plan B provides members with 6 survivorship options: Option 1 allows you to possibly leave a lump-sum payment, but no monthly benefit, to a beneficiary(ies) after your death; and Options 2-4 allow you to provide a continuing monthly benefit to a beneficiary(ies) after your death.
Published: September 17, 2021
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Changing Your Plan of Retirement
Published: September 18, 2021
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Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs)
In addition to your TRS membership, you may be eligible for a Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) if the cost of living increases as determined by the CPI.
Tags: Retiree
Published: September 20, 2021
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I’m Ready to Retire
Well in advance of your date of retirement, we recommend you contact TRS for a retirement benefit estimate and to discuss the various plans of retirement. If you are considering retiring within the next two years, we recommend that you speak with one of our retirement counselors.
Tags: Pre-Retirement
Published: September 27, 2021
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Plans A or B Option 1
If the retiree chose retirement Plan A or Plan B – Option 1, the deceased retiree’s beneficiary(ies) could be eligible for a lump sum refund, and will need to provide TRS the following
Tags: Retiree
Published: September 28, 2021
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Hello, New Members!
Published: September 28, 2021
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How TRS Benefits You!
Your retirement plan is a defined benefit plan which requires contributions from you and your employer, is determined by a formula based on your years of service and/or age and your final average salary, and will be paid to you throughout your lifetime.
Tags: Mid-Career, New Hire, Pre-Retirement
Published: September 28, 2021
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How Contributions Work
In order to successfully plan for your retirement, you need to understand how contributions are made to your TRS account. Your pension is funded by 3 sources: member contributions, employer contributions, and investment earnings.
Tags: Mid-Career, New Hire, Pre-Retirement
Published: September 28, 2021
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Service Credit Accrual and Purchase
‘Service credit’ is defined as the number of months and/or years of service you have earned toward retirement. You accrue service credit each month you work in a TRS covered position.
Tags: Mid-Career, New Hire, Pre-Retirement
Published: September 28, 2021
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Start Retirement Planning
The short answer is now! If you are already asking yourself questions about preparing for your financial future, it’s time to start planning!
Tags: Mid-Career, New Hire, Pre-Retirement
Published: September 28, 2021
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Beneficiary Information
At your death, Georgia law requires that the settlement of your account be made in accordance with the beneficiary information on file with TRS.
Tags: Mid-Career, New Hire, Pre-Retirement, Retiree
Published: October 1, 2021
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Hello, Mid-Career Members!
You have been an educator for several years now, but you still have a number of years remaining before you can fully plan your retirement. However, now is the perfect time to acquaint yourself with specific details regarding your forthcoming TRS pension benefit.
Tags: Mid-Career
Published: October 5, 2021
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Changing Your Plan of Retirement
After you begin receiving a monthly retirement benefit, if you have chosen Plan A (Maximum Plan) or Plan B Option 1, you cannot change to a survivorship plan, which allows a monthly benefit to be passed to a beneficiary at your death.
Tags: Retiree
Published: October 5, 2021
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At Your Death – Survivor’s Benefits
Should you die prior to retirement, TRS offers survivor benefits to your surviving beneficary(ies).
Published: October 5, 2021
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Beneficiaries
It is critical that you designate at least one primary and one secondary beneficiary with TRS. To do so, you must log in to your online TRS account and complete the Designate Beneficiary section.
Tags: Mid-Career, New Hire, Pre-Retirement
Published: October 5, 2021
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Retirement Benefit Options
Although you are probably years away from having to select a retirement plan, it doesn’t hurt to have a general understanding of the TRS plans available.
Tags: Mid-Career
Published: October 5, 2021
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Additional Steps Needed to Process Your Application
In addition to the information you provide online, there are additional steps you must complete before your application can be processed by TRS.
Tags: Pre-Retirement
Published: October 5, 2021
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The Funding of Your TRS Account
All members of TRS currently contribute 6.00% of earnable compensation* to TRS by payroll deduction. Earnable compensation is defined as the full regular compensation payable to a member for his full normal working time. Contributions are made on a before-federal tax basis.
Tags: Mid-Career, New Hire, Pre-Retirement
Published: October 6, 2021
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Updating Membership Information
If a member needs to correct a social security number, date of birth, name, or beneficiary, he/she will need to follow the instructions below.
Published: October 7, 2021
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