Active Member Survivor Benefits

Below are questions regarding Active Member Survivor Benefits within the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System.

If I die while I am an active member, what benefits will my survivors be entitled to?
If you had at least 5 years of credited service, your spouse if married for at least 2 years and/or your dependent children will become eligible for survivor benefits. Qualifying dependent children are the natural or adopted children of the member under age 18 or adult children who have been determined to be physically or mentally incapacitated by a Court.
If I die while I am an active member of ATRS, what does my family
need to do to claim survivor benefits and/or residual contributions plus interest?
Contact the ATRS survivor counselor at (501) 682-2175 or 1-800-666-2877 outside Pulaski County.
How long will it be before my survivor (s) begins receiving payments?
Your dependent children will receive payments as soon as benefits and eligibility requirements have been determined. The determination process is usually completed in one to two months. The surviving spouse benefit is payable in the month following the member's death if the member was eligible to draw benefits, otherwise, the spouse benefits are payable the month following the member's 60th birthday.
What if none of my family members qualify for survivor annuities?
ATRS will pay any residual accumulated contributions plus interest to your Residue Beneficiary nominated on your Residue Beneficiary form.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (501) 682-1517, toll free at 1-800-666-2877, or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to submit your question.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 January 2010 )