NearPageWelcome to the APERS Near Retirement Member page. This area is designed for members who will be retiring in the next year or two. We hope that the following information will be helpful to you in understanding the retirement process. As always if you have questions feel free to contact us!

Retirement Filing Dates 

Retirement Date Earliest Filing Date Latest Filing Date*
June 1, 2017 March 3, 2017 May 2, 2017
July 1, 2017  April 3, 2017 June 1, 2017
August 1, 2017  May 3, 2017 July 3, 2017
September 1, 2017 June 5, 2017 August 2, 2017
October 1, 2017 July 3, 2017 September 1, 2017
November 1, 2017 August 3, 2017 October 2, 2017
December 1, 2017 September 5, 2017 November 1, 2017

*If the filing date falls during a weekend or on a holiday, the filing date becomes the next working day.

DROP Filing Dates

DROP Enroll Date Earliest Filing Date Latest Filing Date*
June 1, 2017 February 28, 2017 April 28, 2017
July 1, 2017  March 31, 2017 May 31, 2017
August 1, 2017  April 28, 2017 June 30, 2017
September 1, 2017 May 31, 2017 July 31, 2017
October 1, 2017 June 30, 2017 August 31, 2017
November 1, 2017 July 31, 2017 September 29, 2017
December 1, 2017 August 31, 2017 October 31, 2017

*The filing deadline for DROP applications is always the last working day of the 2nd month prior to enrollment (not the last calendar day of that month).

Quick Topics

Eligibility for Retirement

For information about the age and service requirements for various types or retirement, see FAQ: Retirement Eligibility.

Retirement Timelines

To get some ideas for retirement planning, see FAQ: Suggested Retirement Timeline.

Retirement Process

To find out how to retire, what documents you will need, and so on, see FAQ: Retirement Process.

Retirement Benefit Options

To learn more about the various retirement benefit options you have, see  FAQ: Retirement Benefit Options

Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP)

For more information about this popular retirement option, see FAQ: DROP

Partial Annuity Withdrawal (PAW)

For more information about this popular retirement option, see FAQ: PAW

Retirement Seminars

Each year, APERS schedules a number of seminars for members who are approaching retirement.  These programs provide basic information about retiring from the system and the options available to members.

Visit our Seminars Registration page to view the current schedule and register online.

Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)

A QDRO is an order issued by a divorce court making a former spouse an "alternate payee" with the right to receive all or part of a member's retirement benefits.

Click here to download the QDRO Language Model for Active Members.

For more information, see FAQ: QDRO.

Seeing a Counselor

Members approaching retirement may want to meet with one of our counselors for assistance with their retirement planning.  For more information, see FAQ: Retirement Counseling.


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Here you will find information based on your role in our system, whether you are an active member, near retirement, a retired member or an APERS particpating employer.