TRS Benefit Recipient

TRS Retirees and Benefit Recipients


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Online Member Portal Access


For security, the TRS website and member portal are not available in all foreign countries.

My TRS, the online member portal, provides secure access to information about your monthly benefit. In My TRS, you can view or download tax forms, review your tax withholding status, check on working retiree earnings, and more!

For more information about using My TRS, please view the following TRS Advisor video:

My TRS Online Account Demonstration - Benefit Recipients

Note to Internet Explorer 11 users: If you experience problems using the Print button in My TRS, click here for a list of options.

Retiree and Benefit Recipient, defined


While a retiree is a benefit recipient, the term "retiree" has a specific meaning. A TRS member who applies for a retirement allowance does not actually become a retiree (i.e., does not attain retired member status) until he or she:

  • has terminated all employment with all TRS employers, and
  • has received at least one monthly benefit payment.

To be eligible for a retirement benefit, a TRS member must meet the requirements above and must have a bona fide separation from service. A member who has not reached age 60 (normal retirement age) and has a pre-arranged agreement to return to work for the pre-retirement employer has not terminated employment and is not eligible to receive a retirement benefit.

Benefit Recipient

A person who is not a retiree may receive a monthly TRS benefit due to their relationship with a retiree. For example, a benefit recipient may be the joint annuitant or surviving beneficiary of a deceased retiree, or may be an "alternate payee" entitled to a share of a retiree's benefit pursuant to a Family Law Order.

Deduction of Employer Insurance Premiums

Retired TRS members who remain covered on their former employer's group health insurance plan on a self-pay basis may elect to have their monthly insurance premiums deducted from TRS benefit payments. Once a retired member has authorized the deduction and the former employer has notified TRS of the premium amount, TRS withholds and forwards the funds to the employer. Because TRS benefits are paid on the last business day of the month and insurance premiums are due in advance, the withheld funds are intended for payment of the following month's premium.

Please note:

  • The retiree must contact the former employer to elect this option. TRS has no knowledge of or connection to the employer's insurance provider.
  • TRS will continue to deduct the same amount each month until the employer provides timely notification to TRS that the deduction will change or terminate.
  • TRS cannot deduct premiums for individual policies or other types of insurance.

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