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Types of Purchasable Service

Service is the time worked as a teacher, administrator, other employment covered by ATRS, another state retirement system, or other types of service prescribed by Teacher Retirement law. There are different types of service that members can purchase. Certain limitations apply depending on the type of service you purchase.


You must be an active (working) member of ATRS to be eligible to purchase the following service:

  • Out-of-state Service
  • Overseas Service
  • Private School Service
  • Sabbatical Leave Service
  • Domestic Federal Service
  • Federal Retirement Service
  • National Guard Service


You must be an active (working) member of ATRS or a reciprocal retirement system to be eligible to purchase the following service:

  • Prior Unreported Service
  • Military Service
  • Repayment of Refunds
  • Noncontributory to Contributory Service


SERVICE CREDIT

Service established prior to July 1, 2011 is credited in the following manner:

0-29 days = 0
30-59 days = 1/4 year
60-89 days = 1/2 year
90-119 days = 3/4 year
120 or more days = 1 year

Service established after July 1, 2011 is credited in the following manner:
0-39 days = 0
40-79 days = 1/4 year
80-119 days = 1/2 year
120-159 days = 3/4 year
160 or more days = 1 year
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 May 2014 )