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Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS)

Related Documents:
Continuing Insurance at Retirement
MyTCRS Access Instructions


Pension & 401 K Plans

Employees in Education have several options for retirement plans.  The Pension plan is through TCRS and the 401K plan is through Empower. Both plans are available through RetireReady Tennessee.  Employees are classified as either a Legacy employee or a Hybrid employee.  If you were employed in education before 7/1/14, you are Legacy.  If you were employed in education after 7/1/14, you are Hybrid. 

Important - Hybrid employees are auto enrolled in the 401K at a 2% contribution.  Upon hire, you will receive a letter mailed to your home from Empower Retirement.  It is very imporant to read this letter.  You must take action when receiving this letter if you wish to change this contribution rate. 

If you are a Legacy employee you would have received a letter from Empower back in 2014 and will not receive another letter when hired with another school system - you still have the option to contribute (see below for further information).  Non-Certified employees new to education are also eligible and will receive information from Empower.  


RetireReady Tennessee is the financial wellness initiative to ensure that all State employees, teachers, employees of higher education, local government participants, and retirees can easily gain access to informational and educational resources regarding their retirement.


Visit RetireReadyTN.gov,where participants can gain access to plan balances, a meeting scheduler, educational materials, and a helpful dashboard for employees to track their retirement savings progress.


TCRS now also has a brand new customer service call center with expanded hours to help answer your questions. You can reach the call center at 1-800-922-7772 from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM CST.


You may also access your accounts online at MyTCRS.com or www.treasury.state.tn.us/dc/.

 Click here  for instructions on How to Access you MyTCRS Account.


With the benefits and the flexibility of two deferred compensation plans, RetireReadyTN can take the stress out of retirement. Both components of the retirement program are administered and managed by the Tennessee Treasury Department.


 Hybrid Employees


Employer Contributions
Members Contributions
401(k) 5% 401(k) 2%*
* Members are auto-enrolled for 2% but may contribute up to $18,000 annually

Members are fully vested after 5 years of employment through TCRS and immediately through the 401(k) plan.

Closed Plan
Teachers hired prior to July 1, 2014 are in the Closed Plan, and contribute 5% of salary to their defined benefit plan. Teachers can now contribute to the state 401(k) plan. Members are fully vested after 5 years of employment through TCRS and immediately through the 401(k) plan.


Interested in 401K?

If you are interested in contributing to the 401-K Plan, click here for more information on how to sign up.  This only applies Non-Hybrid Employees (employees hired in education before 7/1/14).



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