The Optional Retirement Program (the “ORP”) is a flexible and portable retirement plan for most employees at the Commonwealth’s public institutions of higher education and the Department of Higher Education. Eligible Employees may choose either the ORP or the State Employees’ Retirement System for their retirement coverage.
The Department of Higher Education is the ORP Plan Administrator. You can contact the Plan Administrator at any time.
These web pages provide detailed information about the ORP’s features and benefits.
The ORP's Enrollment Guide provides an overview of the Plan:
Further information to help newly eligible employees with their choice of plans is available in the Choosing a Retirement Plan section.
Employees who have elected to join the ORP should visit the ORP Enrollment Center.