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Welcome to TRA

Learn about this important benefit you receive as a Minnesota public school educator.

Register a MyTRA online account To create an online account you must create a user name and password. Remember, this is not mandatory -- you need only register if you want to access your information online, generate a benefit estimate, or make a counseling appointment on the website.


Schedule an appointment on the TRA websiteYou can schedule a counseling appointment on the TRA website.

Note: You must have a MyTRA account.

    5 min Quick Reference Guide to scheduling an appointment
Combined Service Annuity (CSA) Combining TRA service with service from other Minnesota public pension funds (MSRS, PERA, SPTRFA) can result in a higher benefit payment.
    View Video 4 min 7 sec Script/text only
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Preparing for Retirement

  Choosing A Plan That is Right For You
The differences among the six annuity plans and the benefits available to you and your beneficiary (4 min 47 sec).
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  Create a retirement benefit estimate
How much will you get when you retire? Use our online estimate calculator to calculate your benefit under all six annuity plans (4 min 41 sec).
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  Choosing Whether to Accelerate Your Benefit
Accelerating your benefit to age 62, 65 or normal retirement age. Is it right for you?
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Completing Your Retirement Application instructions for completing the TRA Retirement Annuity Application.
    View Webinar 15 min 10 sec


Pre-Retirement Beneficiary OptionsAs a member of TRA, certain benefits are available to your survivors if you die before retiring.

This vidoe describes the pre-retirement beneficiary options for single and married members (2 min 17 sec).

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Refund of Contributions

If you terminate teaching service, you are entitled to a refund of your employee contributions, plus interest. Employer contributions are not included in the refund amount.

If you are vested with three or more years of service credit, we encourage you to consider a deferred annuity before making an application for a refund because of the potential greater value of a lifetime annuity.

This video describes requesting a refund of your contributions, your options and the implications (4 min 48 sec).

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Introduction to Employer Reporting    
    View Video 7 min 43 sec Script/text only
Service Credit for Employers    
    View Video 16 min Transcript



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