Your Detective Skills Are Needed


Thanks in part to information provided by our members and employers, more than 3,200 individuals or estates received long forgotten unclaimed funds from NYSTRS over the last two years. We closed out more than 75% of Unclaimed Accounts during that period.

However, we continue to maintain thousands of Unclaimed and Abandoned accounts we would love to close. We’ve used every known avenue to locate these former members, their beneficiaries or their estates and we’ve been unsuccessful. With your help, the System can get those monies into the hands of rightful owners.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Click the Unclaimed Funds link found at the bottom of any page of this website. From there you can search two separate lists: Abandoned Accounts and Unclaimed Accounts. Searches can be by last name or last known teaching location.
  • If you see people you know and are able to contact them or their families, encourage them to call us at (800) 348-7298, Ext. 6090.

Whether unclaimed or abandoned, these funds may be claimed at any time by the former member, or his or her beneficiary or estate. There is no statute of limitations on claiming these funds.

Thank you for your help with this important task.

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