Office of the State Comptroller
Retirement Services Division
Tier II/IIA - Retirement Basics


Eligibility Requirements

  • Assuming a direct transition from state service into retirement, the basic minimum eligibility requirements to qualify for a Tier II/IIA pension are as follows:
    • Age 55 with a minimum of 10 years of Vesting Service , or
       
    • Age 62 with a minimum of 5 years of Actual State Service
      • Tier II SPD:
        http://www.osc.ct.gov/empret/tier2summ/typesofretire.htm
      • Tier IIA SPD: http://www.osc.ct.gov/empret/tier2asumm/summary.htm#TYPES
         
      • Health Insurance:
        • If you are an active employee, over the age of 62 with at least 5 years of Actual State Service, you will qualify for the state-sponsored health insurance as a benefit in retirement if you:
          • qualify for the state-sponsored health insurance as an active employee; and
             
          • transition directly from employment into retirement.
             
        • If you leave state service prior to the age of 62 with a minimum of 5 years of actual state service but less than 10 years of vesting service you may not commence benefits until the age of 65, nor will you qualify for the state-sponsored health insurance offered to retirees.

  • Please refer to the following charts for the specific eligibility requirements for the various types of retirement.

For Retirement Dates through 6/1/2022***

Retirement Type Age And Service Requirements For Commencement Of Pension Benefits Entitled To COLA
Normal Age 60 with 25 Years of Vesting Service Yes
Age 62 with 10 Years Vesting Service Yes
Age 62 with 5 Years Actual State Service (effective 7/1/97) Yes
Age 70 with 5 Years Vesting Service (Tier II only) Yes
Early Age 55 with 10 Years Vesting Service Yes
Vested Rights*
 Tier II
Age 55 with 10 Years Vesting Service Yes
 
Age 65 with 5 Years Actual State Service (effective 7/1/97) Yes
Vested Rights*
Tier IIA
Age 55 with 10 Years Vesting Service
 
Yes (If 10 years of Actual State Service)
Age 65 with 5 Years Actual State Service No

** Members who left state service after satisfying the minimum service credit requirement, but before satisfying the minimum age requirement.

*** Effective July 1, 2022 Normal Retirement Age will change. Please see SEBAC 2011 agreement.

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