The Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), a governmental defined contribution plan qualified under Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, is available to eligible institutions of higher learning teaching and administrative faculty in Mississippi. This alternative plan is structured to be portable and transferable to accommodate teaching and administrative faculty who move from one state to another throughout their careers.
Important Updates to ORP Plan
January 29, 2020 - During a recent review of ORP by the Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS) staff and Board of Trustees, PERS worked with investment consultants and ORP vendors to assess participation cost and service offerings. Click the link below to read about the changes that came about from these assessments.
January 28, 2020, Memo to ORP Participants
Deciding between ORP and PERS
The Optional Retirement Plan Overview was created to help employees make the decision between joining ORP or the Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS). Once made, this decision is irrevocable, so take a few minutes to read through the guide. Then, if you have questions, talk to your Human Resources Department for specific information regarding participation in ORP.
Optional Retirement Plan Overview
Form 4E ORP, Election/Vendor Selection
Form 4S ORP, Vendor Selection Change
Form 8 ORP, Summary of Wages and Contributions
Form 9 ORP, ORP Authorization