How Do I Get A Refund?
Sometimes TRSL members leave the teaching profession, change to positions that are not eligible for TRSL membership, or move out of state. Upon permanent termination of employment in any eligible position covered by TRSL, a member may request a refund of the retirement contributions he or she made to TRSL.
What you need to know
Members with five or more years of service credit
Refunds include only member contributions, not employer contributions or interest.
Refunds must be for the total amount of employee contributions. Partial withdrawals are not allowed, and a refund cannot be borrowed or pledged against debt.
Once a refund is made, membership in TRSL is terminated and service credit is canceled.
Refunds are issued twice a month on the 5th and the 20th. Direct deposit is available.
Members who have five or more years of service credit and wish to take a refund of contributions will need to complete both the Application for Refund (Form 7)
and a Request for Refund Rather than Retirement Benefit
(Form 7E). Please email us
to request a Form 7E or call TRSL at 225-925-6446 or toll free at 1-877-ASK-TRSL (1-877-275-8775).
Members with less than five years of service credit
Members who have been out of service less than five years and wish to request a refund of contributions should complete an Application for Refund (Form 7)
and submit it to their former employer. By law, the former employer cannot certify the refund application until 90 days after the date of resignation or termination. The application is then forwarded to TRSL for payment.
Retirees who return to work and make contributions to TRSL can request a refund of those contributions upon termination of employment by submitting a Retiree Refund Application (Form 7A)
. Although there is no required 90-day waiting period, the retiree refund will be made only after re-employment ends and all employer contributions reports have been received by TRSL.
Former members who have been out of service for at least five years
Former members who have been out of service for at least five years and are due a refund should contact TRSL
and provide the name they taught under, their Social Security number, and the employer for whom they worked.
If you need more information about refunds, please contact us
or call 225-925-6446 or toll free at 1-877-ASK-TRSL (1-877-275-8775) if you are calling outside the Baton Rouge area.
Need more information?
Taking a Refund of Your Contributions (includes important tax information)
Retiree Refund Application (Form 7A)
Direct Deposit for Refunds of Contributions (Form 7D)
Refunds Due (lists members who left their contributions at TRSL over five years ago)