Eligibility

The Optional Retirement Program is available to employees at all of the Commonwealth's public institutions of higher education and the Department of Higher Education. Eligible employees meet all three of the requirements listed below.

1. Eligible Position

All employee classes are eligible for ORP coverage except:

2. Minimum Workload

The workload for eligibility is defined in Chapter 32 of the Massachusetts General Laws (MGL); generally, 50% Full Time Equivalency (FTE). This is the same minimum workload requirement for the State Employees' Retirement System.

3. Non-vested Status

You must not be vested in any plan governed by Chapter 32 of the Massachusetts General Laws. These plans include the Massachusetts State Employees’ Retirement System (MSERS), the State Teachers' Retirement System (STRS) and many county and municipal retirement plans.

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