Service Credit: Earning and Purchasing
As a member of Michigan's Public School Employees Retirement System, you accumulate service when you work for a participating public school. MIP,
MIP 7%, Basic, and Basic 4% service will count towards eligibility and will be
used in the pension calculation. Service credited while in the MIP DC Converted
and Basic DC Converted plans only counts towards eligibility.
Service credit affects your pension eligibility.
Service credit is important, because your pension depends on how many years of service you have. If you're in the Member Investment Plan (MIP,
MIP 7%, and MIP DC Converted), you will qualify for a pension as early as age 46 if you have 30 years of service, or age 60 with 10 years (under certain circumstances, MIP members qualify at age 60 with 5 or more years of service).
Basic Plan (Basic, Basic 4%, and Basic DC Converted) members will qualify for a pension at age 55 with 30 years of service or at age 60 with 10 years of service.
Service credit affects your pension amount.
In addition, your pension amount is calculated using your years of service. Whether you are
in the Basic Plan (Basic, Basic 4%, and Basic DC Converted) or MIP (MIP, MIP 7%,
and MIP DC Converted), your annual pension will be
your final average compensation multiplied by
a pension factor times your years of credited service in the DB plan.
SERVICE CREDIT DETERMINES ELIGIBILITY AND AMOUNT
Molly is 60 years old. She has worked for a public school for 24 years, earning around $35,000 each year for the last several years.
Molly is eligible for her pension because she meets the age and years of service eligibility requirements.
Different eligibility rules apply, depending on whether you are a Basic Plan or MIP member. For details, see
Qualifying for Your Pension
or DB Plans.
Explore the service credit section of this website. In it, we explain
how you earn service
while working for a Michigan public school, as well as how you might be able to have other qualifying service count in your public school service credit totals. You will find eligibility and cost information on the different types of service credit you can transfer or purchase. We also include details on how to initiate a purchase, and the different ways you can pay for the service credit.