Member Education Opportunities

Five Ways the STRS Ohio Website Can Help You Plan for Retirement

  1. Visit our online video library
  2. Our extensive video library can help you stay informed on topics related to preparing for retirement and your STRS Ohio benefits.

  3. Access the calculators in your Online Personal Account
  4. The calculators can help you estimate your benefit amount, the cost of purchasing service credit (Defined Benefit Plan members), tax withholding amounts and more.

  5. Register for an STRS Ohio retirement planning program
  6. 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. Register using your Online Personal Account.

  7. Schedule a meeting with an STRS Ohio benefits counselor
  8. Meeting one-on-one with an STRS Ohio benefits counselor prior to retirement will give you the opportunity to ask questions and review important information. Counseling is offered at locations throughout the state and can be scheduled through your Online Personal Account. Counseling is also offered at STRS Ohio's Columbus offices and by teleconference. These appointments can only be scheduled by calling STRS Ohio.

  9. Join the conversation on our social media channels
  10. Follow and connect with us on social media to engage with featured website content and stay abreast of the latest STRS Ohio news and information.

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Successful Retirements Start With Proper Planning

STRS Ohio-sponsored programs are held throughout the state at convenient times and locations. Registration details can be found here. Come join us and learn what you can do to build a successful retirement!

Financial Fitness: Your Pathway to Retirement

(Defined Benefit 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
Youngstown/Boardman June 11 April 29
Lima June 18 May 6
Huron June 20 May 6
Columbus June 25 May 13

*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., except Feb. 26) Registration Begins
Dayton Jan. 8 Nov. 26
Findlay Jan. 15 Dec. 3
Strongsville Feb. 5 Dec. 26
Athens Feb. 12 Dec. 31
Columbus (5:30–7:30 p.m.) Feb. 26 Jan. 14
Canton March 5 Jan. 22
Dayton/Fairborn March 26 Feb. 11
Perrysburg April 9 Feb. 25
Cincinnati April 23 March 11
Akron May 7 March 25

*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
  • STRS Ohio Health Care Program enrollment
Retirement Countdown* (6–8 p.m.) Registration Begins
Canton Jan. 17 Dec. 3
Cleveland/Westlake Jan. 24 Dec. 10
Columbus Jan. 31 Dec. 17
Dayton Feb. 7 Dec. 26
Perrysburg Feb. 28 Jan. 14
Cleveland/Beachwood March 14 Jan. 28
Athens March 28 Feb. 11
Cincinnati April 4 Feb. 18
Strongsville April 25 March 11
Akron May 2 March 18
Cambridge May 16 April 1
Columbus May 23 April 8

*Dates and locations are subject to change. Also available throughout the year as a webinar.

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Benefits Counseling Recommended Twice 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 impacts of purchasing service credit
  • Review application processes and deadlines
  • Answer any questions you may have
Individual Counseling Sessions*
Appointments are scheduled between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at most locations Appointment Scheduling Begins
Cincinnati/Eastgate — Holiday Inn & Suites Jan. 28–31 Dec. 14
North Canton — Holiday Inn Feb. 4–7 Dec. 21
Cuyahoga Falls — Sheraton Suites Feb. 11–14 Dec. 28
New Philadelphia — Hampton Inn Feb. 18–20 Jan. 4
Oxford — Marcum Hotel & Conference Center Feb. 18–20 Jan. 4
Toledo/Maumee — Holiday Inn Feb. 25–28 Jan. 11
Youngstown/Boardman — Holiday Inn March 4–7 Jan. 18
Independence — Holiday Inn March 11–14 Jan. 25
Dayton/Beavercreek — Hilton Garden Inn March 18–21 Feb. 1
St. Clairsville — Undo’s West Restaurant March 25–26 Feb. 8
Cincinnati/Blue Ash — Embassy Suites by Hilton April 1–4 Feb. 15
Lima — Courtyard by Marriott April 8–9 Feb. 22
Sidney — Holiday Inn Express & Suites April 10–11 Feb. 24
Strongsville — Holiday Inn April 15–18 March 1
Marietta — Comfort Suites April 22 March 8
Athens — Ohio University Inn & Conference Center April 23–25 March 9
Mentor — Holiday Inn April 29–May 2 March 15
Bowling Green — Holiday Inn Express & Suites May 6–7 March 22
Findlay — Hilton Garden Inn May 8–9 March 24
Cleveland/Elyria — Hampton Inn & Suites May 13–16 March 29
Sandusky — Best Western Plus May 20–22 April 5
Cincinnati/Blue Ash — Embassy Suites by Hilton July 8–11 May 24
Akron/Fairlawn — Holiday Inn July 15–18 May 31

*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 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, locations, dates, times and links to further information in our During Your Career Seminars section.

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Online Learning

Retirement Countdown webinar

This popular webinar covers the same topics as the Retirement Countdown seminar (see above) but offers the convenience of attending via computer or mobile device. Registration is required and can be completed online. Upcoming webinars will be held from 5–6 p.m. on the 2019 dates listed below.

  • Jan. 16
  • Feb. 13
  • March 27
  • April 17
  • May 15
  • June 19

Videos

Access 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 indicated above.

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Supplemental Retirement Plans

A smart choice for your secure future

STRS Ohio may provide a substantial amount of your retirement income; however, supplemental retirement plans are essential for building a financially secure future. The time to start saving is now and enrollment is simple. This brief video addresses common questions about supplemental retirement plans.

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