Death benefits are available for the qualified spouse or qualified child(ren) of a retired member. To be considered a qualified spouse of a deceased retired member, the widow or widower must have been married to the retiree for at least two (2) years prior to his/her death. To be considered a qualified child(ren) of a deceased retired member, the surviving unmarried dependent must meet one of the following requirements:
- The surviving unmarried dependent must be under the age of nineteen (19).
- Between the ages of nineteen and twenty-three, the surviving unmarried dependent must be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited university, technical or trade school approved by the Board.
- The surviving unmarried dependent of any age must be deemed physically disabled and non-self supporting by the Board of Trustees or declared mentally incompetent by a court of of competent jurisdiction for as long as the incompentence or disability exists.
If a deceased retired member does not have a qualified spouse or child(ren), a death benefit may be paid to the deceased member's beneficiary. For your convenience, please use this Change of Beneficiary Designation Form.
A qualified child(ren) who meets requirement two above, will need to provide the Fund with required documentation both before his/her semester/quarter of attendance and at the completion of the semester/quarter. The following forms are provided for you to download and submit to the Fund at the appropriate time.
Statement of Enrollment
Student Request for Board Approval
Marital Status Form
Please refer to the Student Brochure for information on this process.