Optional Retirement Program (ORP)

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) provides statewide coordination for the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) administered by Texas public institutions of higher education.

New ORP-Eligible Employees

You have 90 days from your first day of employment in an ORP-eligible position to make a one-time irrevocable election of ORP in lieu of TRS. The "Overview of TRS and ORP" [PDF] | [PPT] provides general information to help you choose the retirement plan that best suits your situation. Your Human Resources Office will provide specific information for your institution's plan, including a list of authorized ORP companies, local employer contribution rate, ORP policies and procedures, and your specific deadline to elect ORP.

ORP Participants

Who to Contact
Retirement Information for ORP Participants [PDF]

ORP Administrators

ORP Resources and Information

Please send updates to the ORP Administrators Contact List to TexORP@thecb.state.tx.us indicating: Name, Position Title, Institution, Email, Phone Number. We use this list to keep you aware of changes in ORP-related information and contact you individually when necessary.

Annual ORP Report Preparers/Approvers

Statewide ORP Participation Report Summary [PDF]
Breakout by Institution [PDF]

Instructions for preparing Annual ORP Participation Report data [PDF]

Your Annual ORP Participation Report is due on October 1 of each year for the preceding fiscal year data.
ORP Annual Report Online Reporting System


Inquiries should be directed to TexORP@thecb.state.tx.us or Toni.Alexander@thecb.state.tx.us.