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 (click on above link to download PDF) 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 Administrators Contact List: Please send updates 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.
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
Instructions for preparing Annual ORP Participation Report data [PDF]
A CBPass password is required to access the Online Reporting System.
CBPass Quick Start Guide