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  • New Fiscal Year and Contribution Rates

    June 15, 2022

    On July 1, the ASRS will begin a new fiscal year – FY 2022-23. For members, this is always when your new contribution rates will go into effect. Starting July 1, 2022, the new total contribution rate (which includes pension benefits, health insurance benefits, and long term disability benefits) will be 12.17%, adjusted down slightly from the FY 2021-22 rate of 12.41%.

    Understanding Your Contribution Rate



  • Leaving The ASRS and Cash Refunds: An Example

    June 10, 2022

    In this infographic, we look at an example of an ASRS member with an estimated refund of $10,000 to see how taxes apply, what penalties may be assessed, and what the estimated remaining cash amount could be. (Along with options available to avoid those penalties and taxes.)



  • New Information on ASRS supplemental savings plans

    May 27, 2022

    Supplemental savings plans offered through the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) can be a helpful way for employees to invest tax-deferred money today to bolster their retirement income down the road.

    To enhance access to these plans, simplify administration, ensure continued professional oversight and low administrative and investment costs, the Arizona legislature passed and Governor Ducey signed into law Senate Bill 1348. This new law has two parts to it as follows:



  • Long Term Disability: An Overview

    May 27, 2022
    Did you know that as a contributing member of the ASRS, you have access to long term disability (LTD) should you ever need it? Read through this quick overview to get an idea of what it is, what it provides, and when it might be available to you.


  • Work in Education? Things Add Up a Little Differently!

    May 18, 2022
    So, you work for a school as a nine-month teacher or employee. Did you know your ASRS service is calculated differently than your 12-month counterparts in public service? There are a few other differences, too!


  • “Should I Refund My ASRS Account?”

    May 9, 2022

    If you're leaving the ASRS prior to retirement, you may be wondering if you should refund your account. You can, but you don't have to. You have options!



  • Educational Webinars

    April 22, 2022

    Join one of our live, online retirement webinars to help get some answers. In our "Road To Retirement" educational series, “Route 3” and “Route 4” focus on those nearing retirement.

    Route 3 is designed for those within 3 years of retiring. It helps you learn about your pension benefit, annuity options, and helps answer the question, "Can I afford to retire?"



  • Working After Retirement

    April 14, 2022
    Retirement doesn’t always mean not working. And returning to work doesn’t necessarily mean you have to pause receiving your pension – you just need to be aware of the rules regarding your ASRS pension benefit and returning to work.


  • Take Your Pension With You!

    April 1, 2022

    Did you know that your retirement pension is totally portable? The Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) has over 700 employers representing all levels of education, counties and State service. 



  • Retiring in a Few Years?

    March 11, 2022
    We take a quick look at a number of topics important to anyone thinking about retirement, and point you in the right direction for more information.


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