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Service Purchase change: Limitation lifted for eligible members

Due to a recent court case, the Arizona State Retirement System will now allow members with a membership date prior to July 20, 2011 to purchase any and all eligible Other Public Service, Military Service and Leave of Absence Service.

The ASRS Service Purchase program allows actively contributing members and members receiving long-term disability to purchase past service time under specific qualified categories.

This change is the result of an Arizona Court of Appeals ruling in May 2014 that concluded the statutory limitation of five years of time for purchase of Other Public Service, Military Service and Leave of Absence Service for members with a membership date prior to July 20, 2011 was unconstitutional. In January the Arizona Supreme Court declined to grant review of the Appeals Court opinion.

As a result, members who have a membership date prior to July 20, 2011 now have no limit in purchasing Other Public Service, Military Service and Leave of Absence Service. Members with a membership date of July 20, 2011 or after are, however, limited to five years for each of those categories, as the court ruling only applies to members with an earlier membership date.

All active and LTD ASRS members may purchase any and all eligible service credit for previously Forfeited Service and Military Call-up Service.

To learn more about Service Purchase, including a service purchase estimator and an online service purchase request wizard, see the Service Purchase section of the ASRS website.

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