Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is your organization just for teachers and educators?
A: No, PASR is an Association for ALL Pennsylvania retired school employees. Our membership is comprised of teachers, administrators, counselors, nurses, secretaries, aides, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, maintenance staff — in short, anyone who is now receiving a pension from the Public School Employees Retirement System.
Q: May only retired school employees join this organization?
A: No, any active school employee is also encouraged to join our Association so that cooperation and sharing of information between active and retired school employees enhances and benefits both groups.
Q: Can you help me with questions or procedures concerning my monthly pension and benefits?
A: The Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) is the state organization that issues retirement pension checks. For questions, visit PSERS online or call 1-888-773-7748.
Q: What is the cost to become a member of PASR?
A: The annual cost of membership is $60, or you may purchase a lifetime membership for $700, which can be paid in two installments of $350 if you wish.
Q: I am a member, but can my spouse be a member too?
A: Spouses are welcome to join PASR as Associate members for the same cost as listed above.
Q: Are PASR dues tax deductible?
A: PASR is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) [not a charitable 501(c)(3)]; therefore, dues paid are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.
Q: Is this organization part of the Pennsylvania Department of Education?
A: No. PASR is a nongovernmental Association of volunteers working in support of all Pennsylvania retired school employees.
Q: I belong to a local chapter of PASR. Why should I also belong to the State Association?
A: While at the local chapter level, you receive a personal approach to PASR, when joining the State Association you benefit in a much broader sense – from the sharing of information via our quarterly newsletters—to money-saving endorsed services and benefits. In addition, your membership gives our Association “strength in numbers” when we fight for important issues with the legislature that affect our members.
Q: I taught before I became a school administrator. Does PASR welcome active or retired administrators?
A: Yes! Since your retirement benefits are included in the same state retirement system as those of teachers, PASR is working on your behalf as well. We need your volunteer and financial support to be successful.
Q: I am a retired Pennsylvania college/university instructor or administrator. Can I join PASR?
A: Yes, you may join PASR and take full advantage of the same benefits offered to our public school employees.
Q: Are there any discounts or special incentives for becoming a PASR member?
A: PASR offers members the opportunity to save on a number of products and services through its endorsed services program — just another way that your membership in PASR works on your behalf. Additional information is available in the Member Benefits section of our web site.
Q: How do I make sense of the “alphabet soup” of acronyms such as PASR, PSERS, PSEA, etc.?
A: Many of the most common organizational acronyms are defined on the links page of our web site.