Teachers' Retirement System (TRS)

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Defined Benefit Plan

The purpose of the Alaska Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) is to attract qualified teachers by offering a variety of benefits to members and their survivors. These benefits, when combined with other income, are designed to provide members with the basis for financial security during their retirement years.

Employees who first entered the TRS prior to July 1, 2006 are members of the TRS Defined Benefit (DB) Plan.

Both you and your employer make contributions to the retirement system during your employment to cover the cost of your retirement benefit.

This website is designed to provide all necessary information regarding your TRS benefits, which include pension, medical, disability, and death benefits.

The TRS statutes and regulations will prevail whenever there is a difference in interpretation between this handbook and the statutes or regulations.

The TRS Defined Benefit plan applies only to Tiers I and II. TRS Tier III employees participate in the Defined Contribution Retirement Plan.

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