7920 State Teachers' Retirement System
Program Descriptions


CalSTRS is responsible for the determination and payment of benefits to members, retirees, and their beneficiaries, and for the distribution of information to all members, employers, and other interested groups. CalSTRS' Defined Benefit Program includes service retirement, benefits for survivors, and disability benefits. Basic retirement benefits are generally based upon three factors: age at retirement, years of service, and final compensation. The member may modify the basic allowance by selecting a joint and survivor annuity option to provide benefits for their beneficiary after the member dies. Generally, the payments of benefits are made within 30 days following the effective date of the member's retirement. A member's retirement benefits, benefits for survivors, and disability benefits are determined by statute and/or contract provisions.

Income to CalSTRS is derived from contributions from members and employing school districts, appropriations from the General Fund, and investment earnings (see 6300 - State Contributions to the State Teachers' Retirement System). The cost of administration is paid from the Teachers' Retirement Fund, as provided in Section 22304(a) of the Education Code.