Pension & Retirement Education Program

Pension & Retirement Education Program
PREP sessions are designed to help members of all ages prepare for retirement.
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(800) 348-7298, Ext. 6180

Many retirees wish they began focusing on financial and retirement planning much earlier in their lives. Don’t let that happen to you! No matter how far along you are in your career, careful financial and retirement planning are critical. That’s why our Pension & Retirement Education Program (PREP) seminar is so valuable.

The PREP seminar will help you understand your NYSTRS benefits while also providing essential retirement-planning tips. This information will help you develop a plan to achieve your retirement goals and dreams.

Topics covered during this half-day seminar include:

  • NYSTRS Benefits: Your pension, disability coverage, loans, vesting and death benefits.
  • Financial Planning: Saving early, catching up, withdrawals and financial advisors.
  • Social Security: Benefits, eligibility rules, when to collect and earning limits.
  • Estate Planning: Wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care proxies and living wills.
  • The Retirement Process: Retirement options, "resigning" vs. "retiring," choosing a retirement date, retirement checklist, monthly payments, taxes and earnings limitations on NYS public employment.

Seminars are held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m. There is no fee to attend and your spouse/companion is welcome to attend, but you must make a reservation in advance. (Note: These seminars are not designed for individual retirement counseling.)

PREP seminars often fill up, so book early. Can't attend a seminar now? We begin taking reservations for our three PREP schedules during the year in: mid-September (fall schedule); mid-December (winter/spring schedule); and, mid-May (summer schedule).

Location Address Dates Directions
Hilton Garden Inn Albany Airport
800 Albany Shaker Rd
Albany, New York 12211

Wednesday, July 24
Tuesday, August 20

DoubleTree by Hilton - Binghamton
225 Water Street
Binghamton, New York 13901

Wednesday, July 31

Buffalo Airport Hotel
4600 Genesee Street
Cheektowaga, New York 14225

Tuesday, July 16
Wednesday, August 7

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel
200 Riverside Drive
Clayton, New York 13624

Wednesday, July 10

Clarion Inn Elmira-Horseheads
760 East Water Street
Elmira, New York 14901

Wednesday, July 31

Hyatt House Fishkill/Poughkeepsie
100 Westage Business Center Drive
Fishkill, New York 12524

Thursday, August 1

L.I. - Plainview
Holiday Inn Plainview – Long Island
215 Sunnyside Boulevard
Plainview, New York 11803

Wednesday, July 10
Wednesday, July 24
Wednesday, August 14

L.I. - Riverhead
Hotel Indigo - East End
1830 West Main Street, Route 25
Riverhead, New York 11901

Tuesday, July 23

L.I. - Stony Brook
Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook
1 Circle Rd
Stony Brook, New York 11794

Tuesday, July 9
Tuesday, August 13

Lake Placid
High Peaks Resort
2384 Saranac Avenue
Lake Placid, New York 12946

Thursday, July 11

Mount Kisco
Hotel MTK
1 Pat Reilly Way
Mount Kisco, New York 10549

Thursday, July 11
Thursday, July 25

RIT Inn and Conference Center
5257 West Henrietta Road
Rochester, New York 14467

Wednesday, July 17
Thursday, August 8

Hilton Garden Inn Syracuse
6004 Fair Lakes Rd
East Syracuse, New York 13057

Tuesday, July 30
Wednesday, August 21


There are two ways to make a reservation:

  1. Online using your MyNYSTRS account. After logging into your account, visit the Tools > Schedule a Consultation or PREP page.
  2. By calling NYSTRS at (800) 348-7298, Ext. 6180.

When calling for a reservation you must provide your EmplID or Social Security number, email address and home phone number (and the same information for your spouse/companion if they are a member and will attend too).

Please bring your latest Benefit Profile with you to the seminar. For the most up-to-date estimate of your retirement benefits, use our online MyNYSTRS Pension Estimator. This tool allows you to create estimates using various retirement dates.

If you make a reservation but cannot attend, please call the number above to cancel (or cancel using your MyNYSTRS account) so that we can offer this reservation to another member.

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