Electing Multiple Service
If you have previously worked for a public education employer in Pennsylvania or have credited service with the Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS), you may be able to combine your school and state service into a single pension when you retire. This is called "multiple service."
It's possible that one annuity calculated on your total service credit from both systems will be larger than the payments you would receive from each system individually. When you elect multiple service, your pension is paid by the retirement system in which you were last an active member.
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Employment that May Qualify
If you ever worked in a Pennsylvania public school system or for another public education employer in Pennsylvania - such as an intermediate unit, a community college, a school associated with the State System of Higher Education, or Penn State, for example - you may already be a member of PSERS. Your work could be in any capacity: teacher, counselor, aide, administrator, physical plant manager, bus driver, cafeteria worker, or other positions.
Making the Election