Membership Eligibility


You may be eligible for TRS membership if your employer is indicated below. If your position automatically makes you a TRS member, you do not need to enroll. If you have the option to join TRS, you may enroll online.

New York City Department of Education (DOE)

Appointed teachers and pedagogues in New York City's public schools automatically become TRS members as of their appointment date. They do not need to submit an enrollment request.

Paraprofessionals in New York City public schools have the option of joining TRS. They may enroll at any time, and their membership would begin on the day that TRS receives their enrollment request.

City University of New York (CUNY)

Full-time teachers must join either TRS or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP), which is currently offered by the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA). If they do not join the ORP within 30 days of their CUNY appointment, they would automatically become TRS members. Their membership would be effective as of their appointment date. They do not need to submit an enrollment request.

Adjunct instructors have the option of joining TRS. They may enroll at any time, and their membership would begin on the day that TRS receives their enrollment request.

Participating New York City Charter Schools

Appointed teachers and pedagogues in participating Charter Schools automatically become TRS members as of their appointment date. They do not need to submit an enrollment request.

Paraprofessionals have the option to join TRS. They may enroll at any time, and their membership would begin on the day that TRS receives their enrollment request.

Charter School employees should talk to their school administrator to learn whether their school participates with TRS for pension coverage.

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