Get Vested

5 years of full-time service with FCPS entitles you to a pension with ERFC.

ERFC is an amazing benefit that FCPS offers to full-time teachers, educational personnel, instructional assistants, administrators, and support and technical staff. While most education employees get only one pension, FCPS gives you TWO pensions in addition to Social Security benefits.

What do I need to do to receive an extra pension?

It's super easy! You're automatically enrolled in ERFC. All you need to do is:

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Get vested by working 5 or more years with FCPS. 

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Be eligible to retire by meeting your plan's age and years of service requirements.

When can I retire?

It depends on which plan you're in. 

Legacy Plan: (Hire Date: Before July 1, 2001)

Legacy Plan

(Hire Date: Before July 1, 2001):

  • Reduced benefit
    • At age 45 with at least 25 years
    • At age 55 with at least 5 years
  • Unreduced benefit
    • At age 55 with at least 25 years
    • At age 65 with at least 5 years

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2001 Tier 1 Plan: (Hire Date: July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2017)

2001 Tier 1 Plan

(Hire Date: July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2017):

  • Any age with at least 30 years
  • Age 60 with at least 5 years

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2001 Tier 2 Plan: (Hire Date: July 1, 2017 to Present)

2001 Tier 2 Plan

(Hire Date: July 1, 2017 to Present):

  • Social Security age or Rule of 90 (years of service + age = 90)

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What happens if I leave FCPS?

If you worked less than 5 years: You can request a refund of your contributions, roll them over, or leave them at ERFC if you plan to come back in the future. If you leave your contributions with ERFC and then return to work at FCPS, you can add more years of service to your pension fund.

If you worked 5 or more years: Congratulations! You're vested. When the time to retire comes, you'll be eligible to receive a second pension from ERFC. Make sure you don't request a refund or rollover and lose all your hard work.