Service Credit: Earning and Purchasing

Note: Active members hired before July 1, 2010 and still participating in the defined benefit pension plan who intend to initiate a service credit purchase must ensure the full payment for the amount of service they wish to buy or a fully completed tax-deferred payment agreement is received in our office by 5:00 p.m. EDT September 29, 2017. View frequently asked questions on service credit for PA 92 2017. 

As a member of Michigan's Public School Employees Retirement System, you accumulate service when you work for a participating public school. MIP Fixed, MIP Graded, MIP Plus, MIP 7%, Basic, and Basic 4% service will count towards eligibility and will be used in the pension calculation. Service credited while in the MIP DC Converted and Basic DC Converted plans only counts towards eligibility.

Service credit affects your pension eligibility.

Service credit is important, because your pension depends on how many years of service you have. If you're in the Member Investment Plan, you will qualify for a pension as early as age 46 if you have 30 years of service, or age 60 with 10 years (under certain circumstances, MIP members qualify at age 60 with 5 or more years of service).

MIP Pension Eligibility

Basic Plan members will qualify for a pension at age 55 with 30 years of service or at age 60 with 10 years of service.

Basic Plan Pension Eligibility

Service credit affects your pension amount.

In addition, your pension amount is calculated using your years of service. Whether you are in the Basic Plan or MIP, your annual pension will be your final average compensation in the DB plan multiplied by a pension factor times your years of service in the DB plan


Molly is 60 years old. She has worked for a public school for 24 years, earning around $35,000 each year for the last several years. 

Molly is eligible for her pension because she meets the age and years of service eligibility requirements. 

Different eligibility rules apply, depending on whether you are a Basic Plan or MIP member. For details, see Qualifying for Your Pension or DB Plans.

Explore the service credit section of this website. In it, we explain how you earn service  while working for a Michigan public school, as well as how you might be able to have other qualifying service count in your public school service credit totals. You will find eligibility and cost information on the different types of service credit you that may be granted or purchased. We also include details on how to initiate a purchase, and the different ways you can pay for the service credit.