Traditional Plan

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The SURS Traditional plan is the historical SURS Defined Benefit retirement plan. It was the only SURS plan available until 1998. It provides lifetime retirement benefits and a survivor benefit at no additional cost. However, the separation refund feature is not as generous as the Portable plan. The Traditional plan is also the default plan assigned to members who fail to choose a plan within six months of certification.

Forms and Guides

Resources for Traditional plan members including the Traditional Member Guideand beneficiary designation, as well as information regarding service credit, insurance, and tax forms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to frequently asked questions regarding retirement, insurance, disability, refunds, and more.

Helpful Sites

Use these links to find the latest tax forms available, locate a dentist in your area, learn about the State Universities Annuitant Association, and much more.

Member Guide

Learn more specific information about the benefits of the Traditional plan.

Two-Tier Retirement System Chart

Compare the differences between the Portable, Traditional, and Self-Managed Plans.

Retirement Application

Use this form to apply for retirement benefits of the Traditional plan.


SURS Videos to help guide you through various topics such as logging on and navigating the Member Website, the Benefit Estimator, information regarding the Traditional Plan, and more!