Buying service for a leave
Learn about your options for buying service during or after a leave of absence.
Process: lump-sum payment
For any type of leave, you can choose to buy service by making a lump-sum payment once you return from your leave.
To apply to buy service, you will need to complete a form and submit it to your employer.
Here are the steps:
- Once your leave is over, sign in to My Account.
- Under Estimates, use the purchase cost estimator to automatically fill an application form. This tool will also provide an estimate of your cost.
- Print the form. (You do not need to sign it first; the signature line is optional.)
- Send the completed form and documents to your current employer. Your employer will complete part B and send the form to the plan.
Once we receive the completed application, we will send you a statement showing:
- Total cost
- Payment due date
Once you have paid the cost to buy service, the plan will add the service to your record.
Note: In certain cases, you may not be able to use the purchase cost estimator in My Account. A full list of exceptions is available on the estimator. If one of the exceptions applies to you, please complete the Purchase of Service Application form to get an estimate. This could apply, for example, if you have a former spouse who is entitled to a portion of your pension, or if you are on long-term disability under an unapproved group disability plan.