A vested employee who leaves a KPERS-covered position before retirement has two options:
- Leave contributions in KPERS, earning interest and then receive a monthly retirement benefit when eligible.
- Withdraw contributions and interest, forfeiting all service and retirement benefits.
All non-vested employees who leave covered positions must withdraw contributions and interest within five years.
KPERS 1 and KPERS 2 employee contributions stop earning interest after five years.
KPERS 3 contributions stop earning interest after two years.
If no action is taken to withdraw member contributions and interest within five years of the member's end date, the account moves to unclaimed status in the state of Kansas.
IMPORTANT: Employees must wait 31 days after ending employment to submit the K-13 withdrawal form.