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The TRIB Newsletter

The Teachers Retirement Information Bulletin (TRIB) is published three times a year and mailed directly to the home address of all actively teaching and retired members. The TRIB contains timely information about benefit programs and articles concerning legislative developments as they occur. The newsletter also includes feature articles, an editorial column from the President of our Board of Trustees, and a question and answer column.

Summer 2018 Fall 2018 Winter 2018
Summer 2017 Fall 2017 Winter 2017
Summer 2016 Fall 2016 Winter 2016


Annuity plans (provides a basic description of the No Refund, Guaranteed Refund, 15 Years Guaranteed, and Survivorship plans)

Combined service annuity (CSA) (describes a retirement benefit based upon allowable service earned in two or more of the Minnesota public pension funds)

Disability Coverage (summarizes features of your disability coverage. Disability forms are available here.)

Direct deposit information (retirement annuity payments can be electronically deposited)

Earnings limitations savings account (ELSA) (retirees who return to work may be subject to an IRS earnings limitation)

Handbook of TRA Benefits & Services [Updated 09/2015] (complete description of your benefits)

Leave of absence information (complete description of rules and how to apply)

Marriage Dissolution: Dividing TRA Benefits (designed to give all parties involved in a marriage dissolution a better understanding of how TRA pension benefits may be divided as a property settlement)

Sample QDRO Language

Set up a MyTRA account (describes how to set up an online account)

Part-Time Teacher Program (details on program eligibility and how to apply)

Paying with tax sheltered dollars or from a Roth IRA (describes how to pay for a refund, leaves of absence, purchase prior military service with tax-sheltered funds)

Pre-Retirement Survivor Benefits (describes benefits available to your survivor if you die before retirement)

Pre-Retirement Survivor Benefits for members receiving disability benefits

Power of Attorney (basic description of this legal document)

Qualified Supplemental Needs Trust (as a TRA member, you may designate a supplemental needs trust as the recipient of your TRA assets upon your death)

Quick Reference Guide (renamed Annuity Plans; provides a basic description of the No Refund Guaranteed Refund, 15 Years Guaranteed, and Survivorship plans)

Additional information, such as how to apply for retirement benefits, can be found under Members, Active Members in the left navigation pane.


Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)


Actuarial Reports

2017 Actuarial Valuation Funding Report

2017 Actuarial Valuation Accounting Report

2017 Experience Study of Economic Assumptions

2016 Actuarial Valuation Funding Report

2016 Actuarial Valuation Accounting Report

2015 Funding Projections Report

TRA Experience Study (2009-2015)


Budget Documents

Fiscal Year 2018-19 TRA Agency Profile

Fiscal Year 2016-17 TRA Agency Profile


External Audit Reports (Office of Legislative Auditor)

Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2017

Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2016

Other Reports/Studies

TRA Funding Policy
Minnesota Teacher Fund Consolidation Study: December 2013
Retirement Plan Design Study:  June 2011
Department of Education: Teacher Supply and Demand: February 2017


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