Benefits Counseling

Individual Benefits Counseling

It is advisable to schedule a benefits counseling session at least three years before you plan to retire and again six to 12 months from retirement. An STRS Ohio benefits counselor will review the following during this appointment:

  • Personal account information
  • A retirement estimate
  • STRS Ohio retirement benefits
  • Retirement application processes and deadlines
  • Health care coverage information (for Defined Benefit Plan and Combined Plan participants)

These sessions are available by videoconference, teleconference or in person (in the Columbus office or the locations below).

Date First Date to Schedule Location
Feb. 19–20, 2024 Jan. 22, 2024 Chillicothe
Feb. 26–27, 2024 Jan, 29, 2024 Sidney
March 4–5, 2024 Feb. 5, 2024 St. Clairsville
March 11–12, 2024 Feb. 12, 2024 Cincinnati /Union Centre
March 18–19, 2024 Feb. 19, 2024 North Canton
April 8–9, 2024 March 11, 2024 Cleveland/Independence
April 15–16, 2024 March 18, 2024 Cincinnati/Blue Ash
April 22–23, 2024 March 25, 2024 Cleveland/Westlake
April 29–30, 2024 April 1, 2024 Perrysburg
May 6–7, 2024 April 8, 2024 Youngstown/Canfield

Group Benefits Counseling

Meet with an STRS Ohio benefits counselor to learn about and discuss a variety of topics in a small and interactive group setting via Zoom.

Considering Retirement

Designed for members who are within three years of service retirement. This session will provide detailed information regarding the service retirement process and other important retirement considerations.

New Member Overview

For new STRS Ohio members who are within their 180-day retirement plan selection period. This session will review plan options, plan selection deadlines and other important considerations.

Scheduling Your Appointment

There are two ways to schedule your appointment:

Appointment Resources

The resources below provide additional STRS Ohio benefit and retirement-related information. It may be helpful to review this information before your benefits counseling appointment so that the benefits counselor can address any questions you may have. Resources are grouped based on the STRS Ohio retirement plan you are enrolled in. It is recommended that you view the Retirement Benefits presentation in advance of your appointment. This presentation covers details about the monthly benefit payment, death benefits, reemployment restrictions and other important information.

Retirement Benefits Presentations

Defined Benefit Plan Resources

Additional benefit recipient information can be found here.

Defined Contribution Plan Resources

Additional benefit recipient information can be found here.

Combined Plan Resources

Additional benefit recipient information can be found here.