New Members

New to CTPF? 

If you’re a new teacher or member of the Fund, welcome to CTPF. Your pension, administered by CTPF is one of your most important financial assets. At the beginning of your career, it may be hard to picture yourself retired. Yet, planning for retirement should begin on the first day of employment.

CTPF members participate in a defined-benefit retirement plan, which offers a secure retirement income for life. Once earned, a pension does not lose value or change with investment or market conditions. CTPF members do not contribute to Social Security during employment. Instead, each pay period, pension contributions are withheld by the employer and sent to CTPF. At retirement, CTPF calculates a pension for retirees that meet the eligibility requirements.

myCTPF is the Fund's secure member self-service portal. When you register for myCTPF, you create your own unique User ID and password. myCTPF is available to all CTPF members, retirees and survivors of retirees who have completed the one-time registration process. 

Wondering what your retirement could look like? CTPF’s online Monthly Pension Planner offers a rough estimate of your future monthly income. Visit our pension calculator and plug in your information. 

On January 1, 2011, the Illinois legislature established two sets of pension eligibility requirements. Members who joined CTPF or a qualified reciprocal system prior to January 1, 2011, are Tier 1. Members who joined CTPF on or after January 1, 2011, are Tier 2. 

Have you worked for another Illinois public pension system? The Illinois reciprocal act may allow you to combine your service credit. Visit the Reciprocal Systems page for more information.  

If the unthinkable happens, your pension can protect your family. Your surviving spouse and/or dependent minor children of both active and retired members may qualify to receive survivor benefits which include:  

  • a portion of the deceased member’s pension  

  • a lump-sum death benefit based on the member’s service and status as an active or retired employee  

To learn more about your pension and to stay engaged with CTPF make sure that you: Complete a CTPF Designation of Beneficiary form and update it as important life events occur (marriage, civil union