Seminars & Webinars

Seminars & Webinars

SURS offers the following seminars and webinars to assist you in planning for retirement. 

Registration is required to participate in a seminar or webinar.  To register for a retirement planning seminar or webinar, visit

Retirement Savings Plan Pre-Retirement Seminars & Webinars:  This simultaneous seminar/webinar is for Retirement Savings Plan participants who are anticipating retirement within five years. The seminar is held in the SURS office.  The webinar may be viewed from any computer with speakers or a headset and high-speed Internet.  Topics include Social Security, insurance, navigating your RSP account, and information on Fidelity and TIAA.  This seminar/webinar lasts approximately 1 ½ hours.

Understanding Your SURS Benefits- Webinar:   This webinar will provide an overview of SURS Tier I benefits, with a focus on retirement.  Earning and purchasing service credit, sick leave, refunds, reciprocal time, disability, death and survivor benefits, insurance, retirement calculations, and applying for retirement will also be discussed.  The webinar may be viewed from any computer with speakers or a headset and high-speed Internet.  This webinar lasts approximately 1 ½ hours.

Retirement Education Seminars:  This one-day retirement seminar provides an overview of SURS Tier I benefits for members enrolled in the Traditional and Portable plans who are looking to retire within the next five to ten years.  A SURS Representative will discuss details of all facets of Tier I benefits focusing on preparing for retirement, insurance benefits at retirement, and what to expect when retiring. A  Social Security representative will be available to discuss eligibility for Social Security and Medicare, how Social Security may be affected by SURS, and other general Social Security information.  Seminars are held in both the SURS Champaign-Urbana office and at the SURS Naperville location in the Northern Illinois University Outreach Center.  You are welcome to bring a guest, if desired.  Please be aware there is a charge for this seminar to defray the costs for lunch and seminar materials.

Plan Choice Webinar - Tier II:  This webinar is offered monthly for Tier II members who have not yet made a retirement plan election. Tier II members are SURS participants who first begin their SURS (or other eligible Illinois reciprocal system) participation on or after January 1, 2011. The webinar provides an overview of the Traditional, Portable, and Retirement Savings plans and includes a Q & A session.  A computer with speakers or a headset and high speed internet access is required to attend this event.