What Are My Benefits?

For those who first became members of a state public retirement system prior to January 1, 2011

As a TRSL member, you belong to one of three retirement plans: the Regular Plan for teachers, or Plans A or B for school food service employees. There are slight differences in employee contribution rates and how benefits are calculated for each plan as outlined below.

Once you have five years of TRSL service credit, you’re eligible for survivor benefits and disability retirement. (Service earned while on workers’ compensation does not count toward the five-year requirement.)
NOTE: Final average compensation (FAC) is the average of your highest, three years of salary consecutively earned, and is used to calculate your retirement benefit.

Regular Plan

The majority of TRSL’s members are in the Regular Plan, which includes those employed in any of the classifications defined by law as “teacher.”

Contribution Rate: Regular Plan members contribute 8.0% of salary.

Benefit formula: Years of service x final average compensation (FAC) x 2.0% or 2.5% benefit factor

To find out if you are eligible for a 2.0% or a 2.5% benefit factor, see the When Can I Retire? webpage.
Plan A

Plan A includes school food service workers who were active members of the School Lunch Employees’ Retirement System on July 1, 1983, when it merged with TRSL, and work in one of the parishes that contribute to Plan A.

Contribution Rate: Plan A members contribute 9.1% of salary.

Benefit formula: Years of service x final average compensation (FAC) x 3.0% benefit factor
Plan B

Plan B includes school food service workers who work in the 20 parishes that have not withdrawn Social Security coverage (Allen, Assumption, Avoyelles, Cameron, Catahoula, Concordia, DeSoto, East Feliciana, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, LaSalle, Morehouse, Orleans, Red River, St. Helena, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary, Washington, and West Feliciana).

Contribution Rate: Plan B members contribute 5.0% of salary and the old-age portion of Social Security.

Benefit formula: Years of service x final average compensation (FAC) x 2.0% benefit factor
Need more information?

  When Can I Retire? (a listing of retirement eligibility requirements)
  TRSL Member Handbook: Regular Plan & Plan B
  Sick Leave & Conversion to Service Credit
  Death and Survivor Benefits
  Disability Benefits
  Pocket Guide (for new & returning members)
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