How to apply for a pension

Are you ready to begin receiving your pension? 

Important Note: During the COVID-19 crisis, the AFTRA Retirement Fund has implemented a change in the process for submitting the required notarized pension application to begin receiving your pension. For information on requirements for submitting your pension application, email Participant Services at

Get a head start
! Start the process at least 90 days before your planned retirement date.

Request an updated Pension Projection
 for multiple retirement dates to understand your options. Note that this is a required step before you can request a Pension Application.

Go to and click the pension projection button on the right rail of the home page and complete your request; or simply call Participant Services at (800) 562-4690.

Review the Earnings and Contributions statements provided with a pension projection.

Reconfirm your beneficiary on file at the AFTRA Retirement Fund office.

Review the various annuities options.

Consult with your professional advisors (accountant, financial planner, retirement advisor).

Review your social security statements and contact Social Security Administration (to ensure you understand your SSA benefits).

Be sure that the Fund has your current mailing address. Complete the performer address change form to update or verify your address. Be sure to complete the address verification section OR complete the contact information section of the form.

Submitting your Pension Application Form

Submit the completed Pension application, which must be physically notarized by a Notary Public.

Your application cannot be submitted less than 30 days before the anticipated effective date of your retirement (but no more than 180 days before the anticipated effective date of your retirement).

Your completed and notarized pension application must be returned to the AFTRA Retirement Fund office at:

AFTRA Retirement Fund
Attention: Retirement Services
261 Madison Avenue, 7th floor
New York, NY 10016

For other helpful information visit the following related pages:
Retirement Plan at-a-glance main page
Retirement Fund section intro page