Selecting the Optional Retirement Program (ORP)
In order to select an Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) as a mandatory retirement option, you must be an ORP-eligible employee.
What do I do?
- Read “An Overview of TRS and ORP”
- Complete ORP Salary Reduction Acknowledgement Form (HR 14)
- Complete TRS Form 28
- Contact and Select Vendor from approved list
- Request and complete vendor application form.
Where do I send selection forms?
Send HR 12, 14, TRS 28 copy of vendor application to:
Texas A&M University
Payroll Services, Mail Stop 1261
General Services Complex
750 Agronomy Road, Suite 1201
College Station, Texas 77843-1261
Fax: (979) 845-4134
When must I act?
Forms must be received by Payroll and HR Services within 90 days of your eligibility date.
Caution 1: If you miss your 90-day enrollment deadline, you will not be able to participate in the ORP throughout your career in Texas.
Caution 2: Paycheck(s), issued to you before payroll receives and enters your ORP data, will automatically have a TRS deduction, to be refunded (TRS 28). This refund cannot roll into your ORP account and does not include the state contribution.