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Retirement Benefits

Minnesota State offers a mix of mandatory and voluntary retirement plans. We encourage you to review the full array of benefits and to become actively involved in planning for your future.

Overview of Retirement Plans (PDF): This booklet gives you an overview of the retirement benefits for which you are eligible.


Minnesota State Retirement Website: Helpful links, summaries and webinars


The Value of Your Pension Plan (Video link): Minnesota pride in our pension plans, created by MN Retirement Systems


Unclassified Retirement Plans:

Contact the Human Resources Department at 507.457.5005 or for the TRA election form.

Retirement Plan Election Process for Unclassified Faculty & Staff: Instructions, questions and answers on how to elect TRA & IRAP  


Classified Retirement Plan:

As your retirement plans take shape, you don’t have to go it alone.

Get in-person help by contacting Human Resources to set up a one-on-one meeting.  We will review your eligibility and the retirement process with you. Within 6-8 weeks of your retirement date we’ll also meet with you to complete retiree insurance forms.

Talk to your retirement plan administrator about your retirement account:

MSRS: Visit the MSRS website or contact them at 800-657-5757 to schedule a one-on-one counseling session and/or attend a Pre-Retirement seminar.

TRA: Visit the TRA website or call them at 800-657-3669 to schedule a one-on-one counseling session and/or attend a group counseling workshop.

IRAP and/or SRP: Visit the TIAA website or call them at 800-682-8969 to schedule an appointment and/or watch for email communications from Human Resources about scheduled TIAA financial consultant campus visits.

You may have additional retirement plans to contact as well based on individual investing and/or previous employment.

Learn about State of Minnesota Retiree Insurance Benefits (SEGIP website)

If you plan to apply for Social Security benefits, contact the Social Security Administration Office for information about your benefits and the application process.

If you are approaching age 65 or are over the age of 65, please contact Medicare for information about your benefits and to determine when you should enroll.

Learn about how you can stay connected to Winona State University thru our Retiree Center.