Membership in the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS) is required for all faculty members, including adjunct faculty members, who are appointed to work less than 75% Annual Full-time Equivalency. Faculty members who are appointed to work at least 75% Annual Full-time Equivalency can elect to be members of STRS or to participate in the Alternative Retirement Plan (ARP).
Faculty members are given the option of participating in one of three plans within STRS. The three plans are the:
- Defined Benefit Plan: Retirement, disability, and survivor benefits are determined by formulas using the employee's age, years of service, and final average salary
- Defined Contribution Plan: Retirement, disability, and survivor benefits are determined by the value of the account, including investment earnings, which the employee accumulates
- Combined Plan: Retirement, disability, and survivor benefits are combined with some elements of the other two plans
STRS has made available a Plan Summary Brochure to give an overview of the benefits provided by the three plans. Employees are given 180 days to indicate their plan selection to STRS.
Regardless of the plan selected within STRS, an employee contribution of 12% is deducted on a pre-tax basis from the employee's earnings and is deposited into the employee's personal STRS account. The university makes an employer contribution in an amount equal to 14.00% of a faculty member’s pay. The percentage of the employer contribution to be deposited into the employee's STRS account depends on which plan is selected.
As a result of pension reform, employee contributions to STRS will be increasing by 4%. The increase in employee contributions will be phased in by 1% beginning July 1, 2013. Members will contribute 11% beginning July 1, 2013; 12% beginning July 1, 2014; 13% beginning July 1, 2015; and ending at 14% beginning July 1, 2016. Pension reform has no implication on the employer contribution to STRS; it will remain at 14%.
Additional information about the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS) is available online at www.strsoh.org or via phone, (888) 227-7877.