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State and Territorial Retirement Benefits

Earn retirement credit for your Peace Corps service

Some state and territorial governments allow their public employees and/or public-school teachers to apply the time they served in the Peace Corps to their state retirement benefits through a buy-back program, thus increasing their retirement benefits.

The term “buy back” in a retirement system refers to the purchase of credit for service accumulated while the RPCV is/was not a member of that retirement system. Most purchasable credit rewards such factors as “out-of-state service” or “prior service,” service committed before the RPCV’s enrollment in the state retirement system

An RPCV “purchases” or “buys” such credit because they must recompense the retirement system for those years of accumulated service credit in which the RPCV was not a contributing member to the retirement system.

Several states now allow retirement system members to purchase generic “air time” that, while not Peace Corps specific, allows up to 5 years of credit.

This information was accurate as of November 3, 2023, but these regulations do change frequently. Please use the contact information provided below to confirm.

Retirement benefits

Public Employees: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back. Certification of service would need to be provided.

Contact information:

The Retirement Systems of Alabama

(877) 517-0020

TRS Forms | The Retirement Systems of Alabama (rsa-al.gov):

  1. RSA_50BOSS_Application_and_Certification_for_Out-of-State_Service_Credit.pdf (rsa-al.gov)
  2. TRS_CS_Certification_of_Service.pdf (rsa-al.gov)

Retirement benefits

Public Employees and Teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back, claiming up to 10 years of service.

Contact information:

Alaska Division of Retirements and Benefits Public Employees Retirement System

(800) 821-2251

Alaska PERS and TERS Credit

Claiming Service Credit:

trs015.pdf (alaska.gov)

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Contact information:

Website Page Not Found: ASG Retirement Fund

Retirement benefits

Public employees: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back (overseas service up to 10 years).

Contact information

Arkansas Teacher Retirement System

(501) 682-1517

Service Credit (artrs.gov)

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back if you are either:

  • A public agency member (if your employer contractswith CalPERS to provide this option)
  • A state or school active or inactive member

You cannot purchase Peace Corps service credit if:

  • You're already retired
  • You don't have certification of your dates of service
  • Your public agency employer does not include this option in its contract

Contact information

California Public Employees' Retirement System - CalPERS

(888) 225-7377

Service Credit - CalPERS

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back but, because earnings during service is used to measure service, and the Peace Corps stipend is so small, only a little bit of time may be bought back.

Contact information

Colorado PERA (copera.org)

(800) 759-7372

Booklets and Fact Sheets - Colorado PERA (copera.org)

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back.

Contact information

Connecticut Teachers' Retirement Board

(800) 504-1102

Peace Corps Verification of Service Form:

Purchasable Service Credit (ct.gov)

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back.

Contact information

Office of Pensions - State of Delaware

(800) 722-7300

Delaware Code Online

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Contact information

District of Columbia Retirement Board

(202) 442-9700

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Contact information

Florida Retirement System

(866) 446-9377

FRS: Eligibility

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Contact information

Teachers Retirement System of Georgia – TRSGA

(404) 352-6500

Service Credit Accrual and Purchase (trsga.com)

Retirement benefits

Unknown

Contact information

Government of Guam Retirement Fund – GGRF

(671) 475-8900/01

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back.

Contact information

Employees' Retirement System of the State of Hawaii

(808) 586-1735

Employees' Retirement System Booklet

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Contact information

Welcome to Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho

(800) 451-8228

Eligible Credited Service (idaho.gov)

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Contact information

State Retirement Systems of Illinois

(217) 785-7444

Optional Service Credit

Chicago Optional Service Credit

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Contact information

Indiana Public Retirement System

(844) 464-6777

Public Employees' Handbook

Teachers' Retirement Fund Hybrid Plan

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back. RPCVs may purchase up to 5 years of IPERS service credit for previous Volunteer service if the RPCV is a vested or retired members of IPERS and has participated in IPERS for at least 5 calendar years.

Contact information

Iowa Public Retirement System

(800) 622-3849

Eligibility for Service Credit Purchase

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back.

Contact information

Kansas Retirement System

(888) 275-5737

Service Credit Manual

Peace Corps Application to Purchase Service Credit

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back.

Contact information

Kentucky Public Pensions Authority

(800) 928-4646

Peace Corps Actuarial Purchases

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Contact information

Purchase Service - Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana (TRSL)

(877) 275-8775

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back. RPCVs may purchase up to 2 years of service credit, but it is expensive, and requires 15 years of service in Maine prior to purchase. MSRS members who terminate service as state employees or teachers prior to their Peace Corps service must return to state employment within 1 year of completing Peace Corps service.

Contact information

Maine Public Retirement System

(800) 451-9800

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Contact information

Maryland State Retirement and Pension System - MSRA

(800) 492-5909

Member Forms - Maryland State Retirement and Pension System

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back on a case-by-case basis.

Contact information

State Retirement Board | Mass.gov

download (mass.gov)

(617) 367-7770 - Fill out form for USPHS and NOAA Corps members

Mass Teachers Retirement Board | Mass.gov

(617) 679-6877

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Contact information

Office of Retirement Services (michigan.gov)

(800) 381-5111

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Contact information

MSRS - Minnesota State Retirement System

(800) 657-5757

Leaves: Teachers Retirement Association (TRA) (minnesotatra.org)

(800) 657-3669

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Contact information

Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi

(800) 444-7377

Retirement benefits

Public employees: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back. Peace Corps service is purchasable after 1 year of teaching credit as a member of the PSRS. Requires agency verification of teaching in a public or private school setting.

Missouri State Employees' Retirement System

(800) 827-1063

Public School Retirement System

(800) 392-6848

Retirement benefits

Public employees: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back. Vested members may, at any time prior to retirement, buy membership service and service.

Credit for up to 5 years of the member's volunteer service in a United States service program, such as the Peace Corps. This type of service purchase is only available to PERS-DBRP members.

Teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back if the person in question was an Education Volunteer.

Contact information

Montana Public Employee Retirement Administration

(877) 275-7372

Montana Teachers' Retirement

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Contact information

Nebraska Public Employees Retirement Systems

(800) 245-5712

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back. After five years of service in the system, however, members are eligible to purchase up to an additional 5 years of service credit.

Contact information

PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM OF NEVADA

(866) 473-7768

Retirement benefits

Members who leave NHRS-covered employment to enter directly into the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps and return to NHRS-covered employment within 1 year following termination of the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps service may be eligible to purchase the lesser of (a) 2 years, (b) the member’s actual period of Peace Corps or AmeriCorps service or (c) 5 years minus the period of nonqualified service credit purchased.

Contact information

New Hampshire Retirement System

(603) 410-3500

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Contact information

New Jersey Division of Pensions & Benefits

(609) 292-7524

New Jersey Purchase Service Credit Fact Sheet

Retirement benefits

Public employees: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back on a case-by-case basis.

Teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back. Airtime can be purchased as well

Contact information

New Mexico Public Employees Retirement System

(800) 342-3422

Member Handbook

New Mexico Educational Retirement Board

(866) 691-2345

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

If you think previous public employment (or military service) might qualify you for additional service credit, you must submit a request for the additional service before you retire.

Contact information

New York State and Local Retirement System

(866) 805-0990

NYC Employees' Retirement System

(877) 669-2377

New York State Teachers' Retirement System

(800) 348-7298

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Contact information

North Carolina Retirement System

(877) 627-3287

Purchase Service Information

Retirement benefits

Public employees: Time in the Peace Corps may be bought back under Previous Public Service.

Teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back.

Contact information

North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System

(800) 803-7377

Purchase Service Credit

Teachers' Fund for Retirement Members

(701) 328-9885

PURCHASE OF REFUNDED TFFR SERVICE CREDIT UNDER DUAL MEMBERSHIP

Retirement benefits

Public employees: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back

The maximum credit that may be purchased is 5 years or an amount equal to your total Ohio retirement system service credit, whichever is less, if that out-of-state or federal service credit is not used for another retirement benefit (except Social Security for retired pay for non-regular service).

Contact information

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

(800) 222-7377

ISL-F-Service-Credit-and-Contributing-Months.pdf (opers.org)

Purchasing Service Credit Fact Sheet - Teaching and Public Service, University (strsoh.org)

Retirement benefits

Public employees: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back. An active, contributing member of TRS may obtain out-of-state service credit for qualified employment while in the Peace Corps for at least 6 months.

Contact information

Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System

(800) 733-9008

Service Credit | Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System

Teachers' Retirement System

(877) 738-6365

https://oklahoma.gov/trs/active-members/service-credit-purchase.html

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Contact information

Oregon Public Employees Retirement System

(888) 320-7377

PERS: Tier One/Tier Two purchases: Nonretired members: State of Oregon

PERS: index: State of Oregon

Retirement benefits

Public employees: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back. To apply, you and a personnel officer of the agency must complete the Application for Credit for United States Government Service (PSRS-631A). The personnel officer must also attach a copy of the job description.

Contact information

Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System

(888) 773-7748

Purchasing Service Credit (pa.gov)

(717) 787-8540

Guidelines For Completing Your Purchase of United States Government Service (pa.gov)

Retirement benefits

Unknown

Contact information

Administración de los Sistemas de Retiro de los Empleados del Gobierno y la Judicatura

(787) 777-1500

(787) 754-4545

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back.

Contact information

Employees' Retirement System of Rhode Island

(401) 462-7600

Purchasing Optional Service Credit | ERSRI

Peace Corps Credit Request Form

Retirement benefits

Member of SCRS, PORS, GARS and JSRS: You must be an active member to be eligible to purchase additional service credit.

Public employees and teachers: Unknown, but likely. May be possible to purchase Peace Corps service under “public service” category.

Contact information

SC Retirement Systems

(888) 260-9430

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back.

RPCVs who are current, contributing members to SDRS may purchase up to 5 years of Peace Corps service at any time, contingent on documentation. A maximum of 5 years of airtime may be purchased.

Contact information

SDRS Landing - South Dakota Retirement System

(888) 605-7377

SDRS - Retirement Services - Earning Service / Service Purchase

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Contact information

Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System

(800) 922-7772

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Contact information

Employees Retirement System of Texas

(877) 275-4377

Purchasing Service Credit - For Retirement Groups 1, 2 and 3 (texas.gov)

Retirement benefits

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Contact information

Government Employees' Retirement System of the Virgin Islands

(877) 275-4377

Purchasing Additional Service Credit (usvigers.com)

Retirement information

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back. Peace Corps service is purchasable after 4 years in Utah’s system.

Contact information

Utah Retirement System

(800) 695-4877

Purchasing Service Credit (urs.org)

Retirement information

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back.

You may purchase retirement credit for service in the military, Peace Corps, or VISTA of up to 5 years of time (after completion of 15 years of service as a state or municipal employee, teaching in another state, teaching in a public or private school, or teaching service with the State of Vermont for which you received no retirement credit).

Contact information

Retirement Systems | Office of the State Treasurer (vermonttreasurer.gov)

(802) 828-2301

Purchase Service Credit Form

Retirement information

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back.

Contact information

VRS Purchase of Prior Service | Virginia Retirement System (varetire.org)

(888) 827-3847

Types and Purchase Amounts of Prior Service | Virginia Retirement System (varetire.org)

Retirement information

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Contact information

State of Washington: Department of Retirement Systems

(800) 547-6657

Plans - Department of Retirement Systems (wa.gov)

Retirement information

Public employees: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back.

Teachers: Possibly. TRS members may be able purchase service credit for “public” school teaching service performed in another state, or for service as a teacher for employment with the federal government of the United States.

Contact information

West Virginia Consolidated Public Retirement Board (wvretirement.com)

(800) 654-4406

TRS Overview

Retirement information

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps can be bought back.

Contact information

Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds | ETF

(877) 533-5020

Buying Creditable Service (wi.gov)

Retirement information

Public employees and teachers: Time in the Peace Corps cannot be bought back, but currently employed, vested members have a one-time opportunity to purchase up to 5 years of qualified service.

Contact information

Wyoming Retirement System

(307) 777-7691

Pension Service Purchase