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About SERS

Welcome to SERS, the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio. SERS is a defined benefit public pension fund that provides pensions and access to health care coverage for the people who served our schools. Our members are bus drivers, custodians, administrators, administrative assistants, food service providers, and educational aides – anyone who works for a school or school system in a nonteaching position.

Protecting and growing the retirement contributions of our members and their employers is our priority. In fiscal year 2012, SERS served 121,811 active, contributing members and 69,038 benefit recipients. SERS paid out more than $1 billion in pensions and health care reimbursements of which approximately $940 million of that total was returned to Ohio’s economy.

This section of the website provides information about our history, Board and staff leadership, financial status, investments, and the statutes that guide us. We encourage you - our members, retirees, and employers - to visit the sections of the website tailored specifically to you and to use the tools we’ve provided to take an active role in preparing for retirement and staying on top of news that affects your retirement pensions and benefits.

Thank You, but No Gifts, Please

Employees and Board members of SERS are governed by provisions of the Ohio Ethics Law. Those provisions limit anyone from offering, and us from accepting, gifts, including food, beverages and travel-related expenses. To abide with the ethics laws, we request that you not send gifts to, or make donations to charity on behalf of, SERS and any SERS Board or staff members. Click here to learn more from the Ohio Ethics Commission regarding the ethics laws governing the Ohio Retirement Systems. 

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