Member Education Opportunities

Retirement Education for Every Stage of Your Career

STRS Ohio-sponsored programs are held throughout the state at convenient times and locations. See Frequently Asked Questions below for registration details. We look forward to seeing you!

Financial Fitness: Your Pathway to Retirement

(Defined Benefit and Combined Plan participants — early- to mid-career)

This program offers information pertaining to improving overall financial health, including:

  • Understanding your STRS Ohio benefits
  • Budgeting and eliminating debt
  • Projecting financial needs and integrating other sources of income in retirement
  • Retirement saving options, asset allocation models and finding the right investment mix
Financial Fitness Registration begins
Youngstown/Boardman June 7 10 a.m.–4 p.m. April 23
Mentor June 14 10 a.m.–4 p.m. April 30
Akron June 19 10 a.m.–4 p.m. May 5
Columbus June 21 10 a.m.–4 p.m. May 7

(Dates and locations are subject to change)

Beyond the Classroom

(Defined Benefit Plan participants five to 10 years from retirement)

This program focuses on your retirement options and how to finance your retirement, including:

  • How to calculate your final average salary
  • Payment options for receiving STRS Ohio retirement benefits
  • Health care issues and funding
Beyond the Classroom Registration begins
Dayton Jan. 11 5–8 p.m. Nov. 27
Findlay Jan. 16 5–8 p.m. Dec. 2
Strongsville Feb. 6 5–8 p.m. Dec. 23
Athens Feb. 13 5–8 p.m. Dec. 30
Columbus Feb. 27 5:30–8:30 p.m. Jan. 13
Canton March 6 5–8 p.m. Jan. 20
Dayton/Fairborn March 27 5–8 p.m. Feb. 10
Perrysburg April 10 5–8 p.m. Feb. 24
Cincinnati April 24 5–8 p.m. March 10
Akron May 8 5–8 p.m. March 24

(Dates and locations are subject to change)

Retirement Countdown

(Defined Benefit Plan participants 12–18 months from retirement)

This program helps guide you through the retirement process, including:

  • Completion of the online Service Retirement Application
  • Plan of payment options
  • Enrollment in the STRS Ohio Health Care Program
Retirement Countdown* Registration begins
Canton Jan. 18 6–8 p.m. Dec. 4
Cleveland/Westlake Jan. 25 6–8 p.m. Dec. 11
Columbus Feb. 1 6–8 p.m. Dec. 18
Dayton Feb. 15 6–8 p.m. Jan. 1
Perrysburg March 1 6–8 p.m. Jan. 15
Cleveland/Beachwood March 15 6–8 p.m. Jan. 29
Athens March 29 6–8 p.m. Feb. 12
Cincinnati April 5 6–8 p.m. Feb. 19
Strongsville April 26 6–8 p.m. March 12
Akron May 3 6–8 p.m. March 19
Cambridge May 17 6–8 p.m. April 2
Columbus May 24 6–8 p.m. April 9

(Dates and locations are subject to change)

*Also available throughout the year as a webinar.

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Close to Retirement? Benefits Counseling Is Recommended

STRS Ohio recommends scheduling an individual counseling session at least three years before and again six to 12 months before your retirement. A counseling session offers the opportunity to review all of the important information you’ll want to know leading up to your retirement date.

STRS Ohio offers benefits counseling at our Columbus office, at locations throughout Ohio, and by teleconference. During this session, your counselor will:

  • Review your personal account information
  • Provide an estimate of your retirement benefit
  • Explain STRS Ohio benefits
  • Review STRS Ohio Health Care Program information
  • Discuss the costs, methods and impacts of purchasing service credit
  • Review application processes and deadlines
  • Answer any questions you may have

Appointments are scheduled between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at most locations

Upcoming Counseling Dates Appointment scheduling begins
Cincinnati/Eastgate — Holiday Inn Jan. 29–Feb. 1 Dec. 15
Cuyahoga Falls — Sheraton Suites Feb. 5–8 Dec. 22
Oxford — Marcum Hotel & Conference Center Feb. 12–14 Dec. 29
New Philadelphia — Hampton Inn Feb. 19–21 Jan. 5
Toledo/Maumee — Holiday Inn Feb. 26–March 1 Jan. 12
St. Clairsville — Undo’s West Restaurant, Hampton Inn March 5–6 Jan. 19
Youngstown/Boardman — Holiday Inn March 12–15 Jan. 26
Independence — Holiday Inn March 19–22 Feb. 2
Cincinnati/Blue Ash — Embassy Suites March 26–29 Feb. 9
North Canton — Holiday Inn April 2–5 Feb. 16
Dayton/Beavercreek — Hilton Garden Inn April 16–19 March 2
Marietta — Best Western Plus April 23 March 9
Athens — Ohio University Inn April 24–26 March 10
Mansfield — Holiday Inn April 30–May 1 March 16
Mentor — Holiday Inn April 30–May 3 March 16
Bowling Green — Holiday Inn Express & Suites May 14–15 March 30
Cleveland/Middleburg Heights — Crowne Plaza May 14–17 March 30
Findlay — Findlay Inn May 16–17 April 1
Sandusky — Castaway Bay May 21–22 April 13
Cleveland/Elyria — Hampton Inn May 21–24 April 13
Akron/Fairlawn — Holiday Inn July 9–12 May 25
Cincinnati/Blue Ash — Embassy Suites July 16–19 June 1

(Dates and locations are subject to change.)

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for a counseling session or STRS Ohio-sponsored program?

Advance registration is required and begins 45 days prior to the seminar/counseling date. Space is limited and registration is first-come. You can register via your Online Personal Account or by calling STRS Ohio at 888‑227‑7877 (toll-free).

May I bring a guest to a seminar or workshop?

Yes. However, space is often limited, so we ask that members bring no more than one guest, please.

How much do the seminars and counseling sessions cost?

Our education programs and benefits counseling sessions are offered at no cost to members and their guests.

How do I schedule an employer-sponsored program?

Employer-sponsored opportunities can be scheduled by calling 614-227-4082.

How do I cancel my registration?

You can cancel your registration either online or by calling 888‑227‑7877.

Where can I find more information?

You’ll find a list of upcoming meetings, including locations, dates, times, driving directions, registration details and links to further information here.

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Online Learning

Retirement Countdown Webinar

This popular program covers the same topics as the meeting above. Registration is required and can be completed here. Upcoming webinars will be held from 5–6 p.m. on the dates listed below.

  • Jan. 17, 2018
  • Feb. 14, 2018
  • March 28, 2018
  • April 18, 2018
  • May 16, 2018
  • June 20, 2018

Videos

Visit STRS Ohio’s video library, to view these presentations:

  • Retirement Plan Options (for new members)

    Offers a retirement plan selection timeline, plan options and features and considerations when making a plan selection.

  • Retirement Benefits (for late-career members)

    An overview of important information soon-to-be STRS Ohio retirees should be aware of, such as: monthly benefit payment details, death benefits and reemployment restrictions.

  • Retirement Countdown (for late-career members)

    The on-demand version of the live webinar.

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Ways to Prepare for Retirement During Your Career

  1. Review your Annual Statement of Account (Defined Benefit and Combined Plan members)

    Review your Annual Statement regularly to ensure correct service credit and contributions have been reported, and notify STRS Ohio of any discrepancies so adjustments can be made before retirement.

  2. Review your quarterly account statement (Defined Contribution and Combined Plan members)

    This statement includes an account summary showing balance, deposits and market gains or losses for your investment choices.

  3. Enroll in a supplemental retirement plan

    Take more control over your financial goals by contributing to a supplemental retirement plan, such as a 403(b), 457(b) governmental plan or individual retirement account (IRA).

  4. Attend STRS Ohio seminars and workshops

    STRS Ohio offers a number of free seminars and workshops targeted to every stage of your career to help you prepare for retirement and beyond.

  5. Meet with an STRS Ohio benefits counselor

    This will give you an opportunity to review important information and ask questions one-on-one leading up to your retirement date.

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Also Available (Upon Request)...

The employer-sponsored programs below are offered only upon request at a location of the sponsor’s choice. These programs offer information pertaining to all three STRS Ohio retirement plans. For further information, call 614-227-4082.

Benefit Information Meeting (For members at any stage of their careers)

This program covers the basics of service retirement, including:

  • Service retirement eligibility criteria
  • Benefit payment options
  • Survivor and disability benefits
  • Purchasable service credit

Helping Your Future Grow (For new members)

This program provides a basic understanding of:

  • STRS Ohio retirement plan options and benefits
  • Basic paycheck deductions
  • Tax-deferred savings programs