About the Annual Member Statement
All APERS members who were active during the last quarter (April - June) of fiscal year 2019 will receive an Annual Member Statement. The statements are generally mailed out at the end of August and you should receive your statement in the first weeks of September.
If you have not received your statement by mid September, please contact APERS about getting a replacement. In addition to the mailed copy of your statement, there is a digital copy placed in your file and can be accessed on the Member Portal on the Submit Forms/Documents screen.
The Member Portal entrance is located at the top of the web page. If you haven't registered for the portal, you will need to do that first. If you have any problems with the registration, please contact APERS for assistance.
Reviewing Your Annual Member Statement
As an active member of the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System, you have a “vested” interest in this subject, even if you aren’t officially “vested” yet Each year, you should receive an Annual Member Statement in the mail. It's VERY IMPORTANT that you carefully examine this document. Why? We will eventually use this same info to calculate your retirement benefits, so you'll want to identify any issues sooner rather than later.
This page has been created to assist you in reviewing your Member Statement. If you see any information that seems incorrect, please call APERS at (501) 682-7800 or (800) 682-7377.
Below are illustrations and explanations for each segment of the document. Note that the images are taken from a generic sample statement for fiscal 2018 and that your actual statement will contain figures from fiscal 2019 pulled from your own individual account.
Section 1: Statement Information
This section indicates the statement in your hands is based on the most recently completed fiscal year (rather than the calendar year), and reminds you to review all data closely.
Section 2: Personal Information
This section lists your unique APERS ID, your name, birthdate, gender, and address, as well as your spouse’s information, if applicable. Note that you will need your APERS ID to register for access to the Members Self-Service portal on our website.
Section 3: Beneficiary Information
Your designated beneficiary or beneficiaries are listed in this section. Members designate a beneficiary for the contributions they have made to their accounts, either through payroll deductions (contributory members) or service credit purchases. If you have any questions, this website is always a great resource, and the APERS office is just a phone call away.
Section 4: Employment History
This section lists your most recent employment covered under this system. You should review the employer names and dates to ensure that all eligible employment periods are listed.
Section 5: Account Detail
This section will provide a a month-by-month accounting of your work and earnings for the fiscal year, July 1st through June 30th. Note these figures might differ from figures calculated for the calendar year, January 1st through December 31st.
Section 6: Account Summary
Whereas the Account Detail in Section 5 shows the service credit that you earned in the most recently completed fiscal year, this section shows the total of any service credit that you’ve earned or purchased. It also shows the current total of your employee contributions.
Section 7: Reciprocal Service Summary
This section shows reciprocal systems with which you have established reciprocity.. For more information on this topic, see our Reciprocal Service Brochure.
Section 8: Final Average Compensation (FAC)
This section lists the three highest fiscal year compensations that your employer reported. When verifying the amounts, remember that the compensation is for the fiscal year rather than the calendar year, so it will not coincide with your W-2 earnings. The FAC is a key figure in the calculation of your retirement benefits.
Section 9: Retirement Requirements
To retire with benefits (normal, reduced, or disability) from the system, you have to first meet the retirement requirements listed in this section.
Section 10: Estimated Retirement Eligibility
APERS forecasts your ‘normal’ retirement date based on age OR service credit, whichever qualifies you first. This is the earliest date that you meet requirements for a normal retirement. Working beyond this point could have significant financial benefits that are worth exploring in advance, such as DROP, PAW, or even a higher benefit multiplier for long-serving members.
Section 11: Estimated Retirement Benefit
To use the table in this section, find the column containing the closest number to your FAC; then find the number of years in the Service Column closest to the amount of service you’ve acquired. The intersection of these 2 numbers reveals the estimate of your monthly annuity. Estimates are shown for both Contributory Plan (C) and Non-contributory Plan (N) members.
Section 12: Member Self-Service Portal
This website contains a Member Login feature at the top of every page. The first time you use it, you’ll need to register using your APERS ID, indicated on your Member Statement as shown in Section 3 (above). Reminder: Be sure to keep your MSS password in a safe place and do not share it with anyone.
Section 13: Member Information Notice
The last section is a disclaimer indicating that the statement is essentially an executive summary of your account data.