Nonpublic Education Service

 

Eligibility

You may purchase up to five years of service rendered with a qualified nonpublic school anywhere in the U.S. or its territorial possessions. Qualified nonpublic elementary or secondary schools are those that offer a course of academic study primarily oriented toward awarding high school diplomas.

Nonpublic two- or four-year higher educational institutions qualify if they offer an academic course primarily oriented toward awarding associate, baccalaureate, master's, doctoral, or other academic degrees.

Conditions 

  • This service cannot be used to satisfy vesting requirements.
  • You may purchase this service before you are vested, but it will not be credited to you until you reach vested status.
  • Your nonpublic educational employment must be followed by at least five years of service within this retirement system. 
  • Your former employer(s) must certify your service.
  • If, at any point in time you accumulated enough service credit to qualify for a pension based on this service, you cannot purchase the service unless you have relinquished all rights to the pension benefit for the previous employment.
  • If you are eligible to receive any employer contributions made on your behalf to a 401(k) or other qualified retirement plan, you cannot purchase the service unless you have relinquished all rights to the employer contributions to that account. 
  • Distributions, transfers, or refunds are not considered a relinquishment.
  • If you have received any employer contributions made on your behalf to a 401(k) or other qualified retirement plan, you cannot purchase the service. 
  • For additional conditions, go to Adding to Your Service Credit.

Cost

You may purchase any fraction of a year increment. Your cost is the actuarial rate in effect at the time of payment. Click here to learn how to calculate actuarial cost

Application

Submit an Out-of-System Public or Nonpublic Educational Service (R0149C) application. Follow the directions provided on the form.

For more information on purchasing service credit, see How to Purchase Service Credit.