Member Education Opportunities

There’s Still Time to Sign Up for the Information Fair!

Cincinnati, Ohio — Thursday, Aug. 1

Holiday Inn & Suites — 4501 Eastgate Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45245

Offered only once a year, the Information Fair offers retirement planning presentations, information booths and access to STRS Ohio representatives who can answer your retirement questions. Learn about STRS Ohio benefits and services and steps you can take to reach your financial goals. Register through your Online Personal Account or call toll-free 888‑227‑7877. Registration is first-come and space is limited. We look forward to seeing you!

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Retirement Education Is Always a Good Investment

STRS Ohio Programs Are Here to Help

STRS Ohio-sponsored programs are held throughout the state at convenient times and locations. Click here for registration details. Come join us!

Financial Fitness: Your Pathway to Retirement

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

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

  • Understanding your STRS Ohio benefits
  • Projecting financial needs in retirement and integrating other sources of income
  • Budgeting and eliminating debt
  • Finding the right investment mix
Financial Fitness* (10 a.m.–3 p.m.) Registration begins
Perrysburg July 25 June 10
Cleveland/Beachwood July 30 June 17
Dayton Aug. 1 June 17

*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:

  • Calculating your STRS Ohio benefits
  • Payment options for receiving STRS Ohio retirement benefits
  • Integrating supplemental retirement plans with your pension
  • Health care considerations in retirement
Beyond the Classroom* (5–7 p.m.) Registration begins
Youngstown/Boardman Aug. 27 July 15
Mansfield Sept. 17 Aug. 5
Cincinnati/Mason Sept. 24 Aug. 12
Lima Oct. 1 Aug. 19
Bowling Green Oct. 8 Aug. 26
Cleveland/Beachwood Oct. 10 Aug. 26
Chillicothe Oct. 22 Sept. 9

*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
  • Key dates and a retirement timeline
  • Plan of payment options
  • Enrollment in the STRS Ohio Health Care Program
Retirement Countdown* (6–8 p.m.) Registration begins
Also available throughout the year as a webinar.
Perrysburg Aug. 29 July 15
Youngstown/Boardman Sept. 5 July 22
Columbus Sept. 12 July 29
Huron Sept. 26 Aug. 12
Dayton Oct. 3 Aug. 19
Lima Oct. 17 Sept. 3
Portsmouth Nov. 21 Oct. 7
Cincinnati Dec. 5 Oct. 21

*Dates and locations are subject to change.

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Benefits Counseling Is Essential Before Retirement

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 benefits 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 impact of purchasing service credit
  • Review application processes and deadlines
  • Answer any questions you may have
Upcoming Counseling Dates* Appointment scheduling begins
Appointments are scheduled between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at most locations
Toledo/Maumee — Holiday Inn Aug. 5–8 June 21
Youngstown/Boardman — Holiday Inn Sept. 9–12 July 26
Cleveland/Beachwood — DoubleTree by Hilton Sept. 16–19 Aug. 2
Cleveland/Westlake — Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sept. 23–26 Aug. 9
North Canton — Holiday Inn Sept. 30–Oct. 3 Aug. 16
Ashtabula — Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oct. 7–8 Aug. 23
Elyria — Hampton Inn & Suites Oct. 7–10 Aug. 23
Coshocton — Coshocton Village Inn & Suites Oct. 14 Aug. 30
Defiance — Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oct. 14–16 Aug. 30
Cambridge — Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oct. 15–17 Aug. 31
Portsmouth — Holiday Inn Oct. 21–22 Sept. 6
Toledo/Oregon — Hampton Inn Oct. 21–24 Sept. 6
Chillicothe — Quality Inn Oct. 23–24 Sept. 8
Tiffin — Hampton Inn Oct. 28–29 Sept. 13
Strongsville — Holiday Inn Oct. 28–31 Sept. 13
Mansfield — Holiday Inn & Suites Oct. 30–31 Sept. 15
Cincinnati/Blue Ash — Embassy Suites by Hilton Nov. 4–7 Sept. 20
Dayton/Englewood — Hampton Inn & Suites Nov. 11–13 Sept. 27
Toledo/Maumee — Holiday Inn Nov. 11–14 Sept. 27
Dayton/Beavercreek — Hilton Garden Inn Nov. 18–21 Oct. 4
Gallipolis — Quality Inn Nov. 25–26 Oct. 11
Wooster — Hilton Garden Inn Dec. 2–4 Oct. 18
Cincinnati — Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dec. 2–5 Oct. 18

*Dates and locations are subject to change.

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Online Learning: Retirement Countdown Webinar

This popular webinar covers the same topics as the Retirement Countdown seminar but offers the convenience of attending via computer or mobile device. Registration is required. Upcoming webinars will be held from 5–6 p.m on the dates listed below.

Retirement Countdown webinar
July 24 Oct. 16
Aug. 21 Nov. 20
Sept. 18 Dec. 18

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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 toll-free at 888‑227‑7877.

May I bring a guest to a seminar or workshop?

Yes. However, space is often limited. One guest per member, please.

How much do the seminars and counseling sessions cost?

Our services are offered at no cost to members and their guests.

How do I cancel my registration?

Cancel your registration either online using your online account or by calling 888‑227‑7877.

Where can I find more information?

Information can be found on our Counseling and Seminars page. Here you’ll find links to upcoming seminar and counseling opportunities and registration details.

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Five Things You Need to Do Before Retiring

Whether you’re nearing retirement or just starting your career, retirement planning is essential to your financial security. As your retirement date gets closer, consider these important items:

  1. Create a budget — What does your retirement look like? Will you travel, work part-time or devote more time to a hobby? Creating a budget will help you track expenses and prioritize your wants versus your needs.
  2. Keep saving — The earlier you get started, the better. However, if you’re age 50 or older, the IRS allows additional “catch-up” contributions to your 403(b), 457(b) and IRA. Talk to your financial advisor for the best way to maximize your savings.
  3. Pay off debt — The more debt you carry into retirement, the less money you’ll have to spend on retirement expenses. Do your best to pay off debts, including your mortgage, college loans and credit cards, before you retire.
  4. Attend STRS Ohio educational programs — Help prepare yourself for a financially secure retirement by attending STRS Ohio retirement planning seminars and workshops.
  5. Meet with an STRS Ohio benefits counselor — STRS Ohio recommends individual benefits counseling before you retire. Use this opportunity to review your STRS Ohio account information and ask questions about retirement processes and deadlines.

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Retirement Savings Strategies

When You Are Age 20, Your...

  • Timeline is longer
  • Risk tolerance is a little higher (aggressive)
  • Cash flow needs are small
  • Accumulation requirements are high
  • Need to access funds is small

When You Are Age 55, Your...

  • Timeline is shorter
  • Risk tolerance is conservative
  • Cash flow needs are high
  • Accumulation needs are moderate
  • Need to access funds for emergencies is low

Consult with your financial advisor for more information about saving for retirement.

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Satisfaction Remains High for STRS Ohio’s Member Services

Members who participated in a satisfaction survey at the end of last year responded that they were satisfied or better with the services they received.

91% of respondents who called the Member Services Center stated they were extremely pleased with the overall experience.

98% of respondents who attended a Member Education program responded approvingly, with 57 percent providing a perfect 10 rating for overall satisfaction.

99% of respondents who completed a survey following their counseling session provided a satisfied score and 69 percent scored the session as a perfect 10 for overall satisfaction.

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